ATLANTA CRASH REVIEW

For better or worse, Sunday’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway certainly lacked the on-track fireworks that characterized the Kobalt Tools 500 in March, better known in the Keselowski family as “The day Brad flew.” No, the Emory Healthcare 500 will be remembered more for Tony Stewart ending his 31-race winless streak, and pole-sitter Denny Hamlin blowing his engine after leading most of the early going. Still, this race was not crash-free, and may end up deciding the last man in ...

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ZERO NASCAR DEATHS SINCE 2001

Say what you will about the quality of Sprint Cup racing -- and as you know we've said plenty -- NASCAR has made the sport safer for participants. Since Dale Earnhardt Sr. died at the 2001 Daytona 500, NASCAR has had 917 races and zero deaths. Check out this in-depth look at NASCAR safety.  NASCAR learned from tragedy to make racing safer (SI.com) ...

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JOHNSON CRASHES AT BRISTOL

Not surprisingly, the World’s Fastest Half-Mile provided plenty of excitement this past weekend across all three series, culminating in a triumphant weekend sweep by Kyle Busch. What was surprising was the lack of crashes we’re accustomed to seeing at a short, steep track such as Bristol. There was plenty of hard racing on display, but drivers were able to avoid day-ending mistakes. Somehow, I don’t think Jimmie Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus are taking much solace ...

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NEWMAN-LOGANO CRASH REVIEW

 Kevin Harvick got all the glory on Sunday in Michigan, but certainly not all the attention. A minor accident on lap 148 resulted in some heated post-race words between Ryan Newman and Joey Logano. What Happened: Trying to pass Newman in Turn 4 in what has been referred to as a sequence of hard racing, the Joe Gibbs Racing 20 car got loose, lightly tapping Newman’s left-side quarter panel, spinning out the No. 39 Chevy toward the infield. Though the physical damage was minimal, i ...

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KURT BUSCH SAYS HE WAS NOT TRYING TO TAKE OUT JIMMIE JOHNSON AT LOUDON

Kurt Busch tapped Jimmie Johnson with seven laps to go at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, sending Johnson into what passes for an angry fit for the four-time champ. Busch claims he was not trying to spin out his rival, saying, "Driving into turn three, I had all intentions of passing him on the inside. Your motive is always to pass a guy clean ... I just got into him in the left rear." Riiiiiiiiight. Somehow Jimmie found a way to win. Jimmie always finds a way to win. 5 thin ...

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