DENNY HAMLIN FINALLY FINDS VICTORY LANE IN 2011

Coming into the 2011 season, many figured Denny Hamlin would be the man to beat right out of the gate. Leading the standings into the final race of the year in 2010, Hamlin came up short in the championship hunt last season, but gave Jimmie Johnson his biggest threat to date. However, 2011 has not gone according to plan for Hamlin and the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing team. Fifteen races into the season last year Hamlin had four victories. On Sunday, he repeated as the winner at Michigan International ...

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DALE EARNHARDT JR. WANTS TO SEE CHANGE IN ALL-STAR RACE

CONCORD, N.C._ Not guaranteed a spot in Saturday night’s Sprint All-Star Race, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will have to race his way into the main show through the Sprint Showdown or by winning the Fan Vote. Friday morning, Earnhardt Jr. indicated he would like to see a format change for the annual event, but not to for the reasons you may think. Growing up around the sport, Earnhardt Jr. rekindled memories of his past, saying as a fan he prefers short segments that led to the big moments that came ...

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JOHNSON-EARNHARDT TANDEM PUSHES TO WIN

Never wavering from their partnership throughout the day, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. drove to the bottom lane in the tri-oval to beat the two-car tandems of Jeff Gordon-Mark Martin and Clint Bowyer-Kevin Harvick Sunday in Talladega. The winning margin of 0.002 seconds ties the Ricky Craven-Kurt Busch finish at Darlington in 2003 for the closest finish in NASCAR history since the implementation of electronic scoring.Hanging in the back of the pack for much of the afternoon after starti ...

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NASCAR NEEDS A MAN OF THE PEOPLE

If you’re much over the age of 25, you’ll recall baseball’s lost season of 1994, when player and owners reached an impasse. Some called the battle of “the millionaires versus the billionaires,” but fans felt they came out the real losers. When play resumed in 1995, the fans let the sport hear about it with attendance off by some 20 percent, and those showing up being none to quiet about their disdain for what baseball had become. Not missing a game in near ...

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WHY MARTIN, MONTOYA, MCMURRAY, NEWMAN MISSED THE CHASE

The Sprint Cup playoff field is set, and some very talented drivers missed the cut. Mark Martin, Juan Pablo Montoya and Jamie McMurray are not among the 12 drivers in The Chase. So how did they get left out while Jeff Burton, Matt Kenseth and Clint Bowyer made it in? Inconsistency, poor performances dogged drivers who missed Chase (SI.com) ...

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