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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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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NASCAR’S SEASON OF CONTRADICTIONS

I have been spending a lot of time thinking about Mark Martin. Normally I don’t make a habit of pondering the fortunes of 50-year-old men – not while we have the likes of Megan Fox to enjoy – but Martin’s success is worth thinking about. How is a guy who entered 2009 as the afterthought at Hendrick Motorsports now a contender for the title?Martin told us the answer. He is not trying to win a championship. And it is by NOT trying to win a championship that Martin has put h ...

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