DYNO FIRE NOT CAUSE OF JGR ENGINE WOES

MARTINSVILLE, Va._ The start of the 2011 season for Joe Gibbs Racing engine department has been a bit of a disaster and a far cry from success. The team had two engine issues last week in Fontana, a catastrophic failure in Las Vegas and an engine down 100 horsepower for the majority of the race in Bristol. In addition, they have had three pre-race engine changes due to concern or failures.  Even before the season started, the Gibbs engine department suffered a major setback when an engine e ...

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DID HARVICK RACE JOHNSON DIRTY?

Anyone who thinks that NASCAR Nation is homogeneous collection of dimwitted hicks who only believe that “rubbin’s racin’” doesn’t know jack about race fans. Taking stock of how fans reacted to Kevin Harvick’s tactics employed against Jimmie Johnson in the closing moments of the Auto Club 400 Sunday is the latest evidence that consensus among the auto racing faithful can be as hard to come by as it is in the stick and ball sports.I read one comment th ...

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HOLLYWOOD FINISH FOR HARVICK

Kevin Harvick came from behind on Sunday afternoon in Southern California, passing Jimmie Johnson on the outside coming off the final corner of the last lap to win his first race of the year and first at the Auto Club Speedway. Leading only one lap on the day, Harvick was able to chase down Johnson and Kyle Busch, overtake them both and earn the win in dramatic style.As Busch and Johnson battled for the lead with less than five laps to go, Harvick's No. 29 Chevrolet closed the gap. With fou ...

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KYLE VS. CARL: THE TENSION SIMMERS

One of the kings of “outlaw” country music- David Allen Coe- may have summed it up best in this little song. I leave it to your interpretation to whom it applies:I need a little time off for bad behaviorThe devil in me done been asleep too longI need a little time off for bad behaviorIt looks like I've been too good for too longCarl Edwards badly wanted a piece of Kyle Busch at Bristol. “I told him after Phoenix that I still owe him one, but I’ll save it up. We ...

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TRIBUTE TO THE CATCH CAN MAN

NASCAR's off-season rule change eliminating the Catch Can Man has caused several teams fits. Many folks underestimate the role of the Man With The Can. Without an extra pair of hands to capture gas overflow and make adjustments to the car, pit crews for several prominent teams have been unable to gas and go this season. Greg Biffle's team, notably, has been unable to unlock this new puzzle.While it's heart-wrenching to see a pit box without the Man With The Can, the legend lives on. He not only ...

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