REGAN SMITH WINS AS ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE

Regan Smith took the checkered flag for the second time in his career during Saturday night’s Southern 500 in Darlington, yet it was the first time he was able to go to Victory Lane. Looking as if he scored the win in the October 2008 Talladega race, Smith was instead penalized and his first career win was taken away. Saturday night, in one of the most prestigious races in all of NASCAR, there was no doubt the 27-year-old driver of the No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet belonged in the winner& ...

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GORDON WRECK AT RICHMOND EXPOSES SAFETY ISSUES

If there is a wall on a NASCAR track without a SAFER barrier on it, chances are Jeff Gordon is going to find it. Saturday night in Richmond, he did just that.Running in the top five for much of the first 300 laps, Gordon was turned as the field wrecked racing down the backstretch following a restart with 100 laps to go. When Matt Kenseth, Clint Bowyer and Paul Menard got together running three wide, the No. 17 caught Gordon’s No. 24 in the left rear and sent him sliding down towards the in ...

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MONTOYA COULD LEARN LESSON IN PATIENCE FROM KYLE BUSCH

Let’s be clear about one thing: Juan Pablo Montoya has racing talent. The former Indy car and Formula One ace has outlasted a number of other NASCAR converts from the open wheel ranks, and his driving is a thing of beauty on the road courses (see Watkins Glen for example). One crew chief once said of JPM, “I could watch that guy race all day every week.”With that said, you have to wonder when he will ever learn. Once again, Juan Pablo Montoya (see Richmond for reference) r ...

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RESTARTS POWER KYLE BUSCH TO RICHMOND WIN

RICHMOND, Va._ Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin were the class of the field during Saturday night’s Matthew & Daniel Hanson 400. Leading a combined 273 of the 400 laps, the teammates stretched the fuel mileage and swept the first two spots, giving team owner Joe Gibbs his fifth straight Richmond win. While the two cars were equal throughout, Busch spent the majority of the evening at the front of the field leading 235 laps. However, when varying pit strategies mix ...

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NASCAR, THE OFFICIAL SPORT OF NORTH CAROLINA?

North Carolina's Senate approved a bill this week to make stock car racing the official state sport of North Carolina. While the bill needs approval from the State Assembly before it becomes law, the substance of the bill has raised spirited debate. Not since the Obama-NASCAR conspiracy has government intervention in racing caused such a stir. The opponents furiously argue that the policy implications of this bill are unacceptable. Like a Logano-Harvick feud, this argument is all talk at the mom ...

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THE PROS AND CONS OF RESTRICTOR PLATE RACING

“Did you see the end of that race? Wow, what a race!” I heard a lot of that following the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega. My cousin Morgan out in Ohio echoed another sentiment I’ve heard more than once following a NASCAR restrictor plate race: “I don’t love NASCAR, but man, what a finish today.”It’s hard to argue that restrictor plate racing has produced some of the most memorable endings in recent memory. There was Kevin Harvick’s crazy win over M ...

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LOL RACE PICS: KYLE BUSCH’S BABY

 Wait, which one's the baby?Props to LOL Race Pics. Related links:LOL Race Pics goes metaStart and park this!Free Kasey Kahne! ...

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HARVICK CRUSHES THE HOPES OF JUNIOR NATION

MARTINSVILLE, Va._ For a moment, it appeared all was right in the NASCAR world. Dale Earnhardt Jr. had just pulled a bump-and-run move on Kyle Busch to take the lead with 20 laps to go and the fans were on their feet at Martinsville Speedway cheering him on wildly. Junior Nation was about to see their driver break a 98-race winless streak, beating Busch to do so nonetheless. Then came the black No. 29 of Kevin Harvick. Spoiling the day for Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch one week ago in Fontana, H ...

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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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