EARNHARDT LOSING STREAK REACHES 52

Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s season of unrelenting misery and inexplicable failure continued at Lowe's Motor Speedway, where Earnhardt finished 38th after a long, frustrating night on the track. The 88 team, which had been making progress the last few races, took a step backward in Charlotte. Earnhardt fought the handling on the AMP Energy Chevrolet all night and was lapped by Denny Hamlin on lap 107. On lap 126 transmission issues led to a stop in the garage for the 88 car, where someone should have sh ...

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JOHNSON DOMINATING THE CHASE

CONCORD, N.C. _ He dominated practice. He dominated qualifying. And at the end of the night the right team was celebrating in Victory Lane. Clearly driving the best car all weekend long, Jimmie Johnson was able to give crew chief Chad Knaus the one thing he wanted his entire career – the perfect weekend.Leading five times for a total of 92 laps, Johnson moved past teammate Jeff Gordon with 13 laps to go to take the top spot. Once he cleared the No. 24, Johnson set sail toward the checkered ...

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JOHNSON GETS KNAUS PERFECT WEEKEND

With his victory at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Saturday night, Jimmie Johnson has won three of the first five Chase races and is pulling away from the field in his quest for a fourth straight Sprint Cup title. Johnson lost the lead to teammate Jeff Gordon following a restart with 15 laps to go, but took the lead back for good two laps later. Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus pulled off a perfect weekend, running the fastest in every practice, winning the pole and the race. The perfect weekend has ...

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BANKING 500 TV TIME AND RACE INFO

NASCAR Banking 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.Chase race: No. 5Date: Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009TV: ABC at 7 pm ETRace time: 7:41 pm ETFavorite: Jimmie JohnsonThe week in review:Jay W. Pennell wrote about Junior feeling blueAll Left Turns launched its NASCAR Halloween photo contestChris M. profiled the first class of the NASCAR Fan Hall of FameDan Farkas updated us on all things DanicaDale Watermill's probability table showed Jimmie running away with titleWe said hola to Connie Montoya ...

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EARNHARDT JR. BEYOND FRUSTRATION

CHARLOTTE _ His last top 10 came seven weeks ago at Bristol; it was only his fifth of the year – the fewest since his first full year in the Cup Series in 2000. To say Dale Earnhardt Jr. is frustrated is an understatement. In his second season with Hendrick Motorsports, Earnhardt Jr. has struggled mightily, failed to show improvement and has been subject to a crew chief change that clearly shook his confidence. With teammates Jimmie Johnson and Mark Martin smoking the competition this year ...

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CHARLOTTE CRASHES

 The Sprint Cup returns to Lowe's Motor Speedway for the fifth race of the Chase this weekend.  The 1.5 mile oval has taught many drivers an ugly lesson in humility, as evidenced by the videos after the jump.  Dale Jarrett and Gene Glover crash in the Sportsman series 1980Mike Skinner VERY nasty wall impact and flip 2009Check out the photo sequence below of this hairy crash 'The Winston' incredible finish 1992Some bonehead spins Mark Martin 2006Cool in-car footage: Martin maneu ...

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