THANK GOODNESS – IT’S BACK TO RACING TIME!

For this sports fan, the event calendar is perfectly laid out. Just as the euphoria of the Packers snagging the Lombardi Trophy wears off, it’s time for the  Shootout, the Duels, the Great American Race - complete with all the hoopla that follows it. It’s like going from one Super Bowl to the other. I, for one, can’t wait.Frankly, I made it a point to “check out” this offseason. I kept my eyes open for some of the major developments, bu ...

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NASCAR: WHO TO WATCH THIS SEASON

 Our friends over at SI.com have published their "NASCAR: Who to Watch in 2011" season preview, and it's a good one. This is a nice package of stories on a handful of drivers who aren't super-popular -- yet. Jimmie Johnson? Who cares about that guy when you could be reading about Amber and Angela Cope.Who to Watch overview piece Drivers to Watch: Amber and Angela Cope Driver to Watch: Austin DillonDriver to Watch: Aric Almirola Team to Watch: Red Bull NASCAR 20 ...

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NASCAR IS A BETTER LIVE VIEWING EXPERIENCE THAN THE NFL

CHARLOTTE _ Throughout much of the 2010 season, one of the biggest topics discussed by the media, NASCAR officials and track representatives was lackluster attendance. There were empty seats at Daytona, Talladega, Martinsville and even Bristol – regardless of the quality of racing on the track. The NFL’s ratings have at times embarrassed NASCAR’s and its attendance numbers are rarely mentioned. The leader in most categories when it comes to American sports, the NFL is often the ...

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THE FIVE BEST DAYTONA 500 FINISHES

Ken Squier coined it the “Great American Race.” Common men doing uncommon things. Cars racing closer than you park in the parking lot, in turns steeper than the roof of your house. These are all descriptive phrases that are accurate. The Daytona 500 is the largest race on the NASCAR calendar. The event rivals the Indianapolis 500’s title as the biggest race in the world. Motorsports are always fighting for attention from the mainstream media. Other sports sometimes overshadow s ...

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MORE RACES ONLINE IN 2010?

One of the sport's indispensable reporters, the Virginian-Pilot's Dustin Long, reports that there is a possibility more races will be streamed online next season. Because NASCAR and Turner Sports have a new media deal whose sole purpose is to stymie the popularity of NASCAR on the Web, the only races available for streaming are the six TNT races. Turner owns the online rights to those. ESPN, Fox and ABC don't show any races live online. Watching on the Web - where the action continues during com ...

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THE FIVE RACES THAT WON JOHNSON’S TITLE

Jimmie Johnson had an exceptional year on his way to a record-setting fourth consecutive Sprint Cup championship. Here are the five key races that led to the 48 team’s title.1. Bristol, March 22. The spring race at Thunder Valley ended with Johnson scoring his first top-five of the year. Following two top-10s in the first four races, Bristol moved Johnson from 13th to ninth in the standings. Or more importantly, it moved him into the top 12. He never dropped below the Chase cutoff the rest ...

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EARNHARDT JR. ENDS DISASTROUS 2009 SEASON MIRED IN 57-RACE LOSING STREAK

Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s season of unrelenting misery and inexplicable failure came to a merciful close on Sunday at the Ford 400. After starting 32nd and charging into the top 10, he ... well, by now you know what happened next. It's what always happens next. Earnhardt finished 28th. The sport's most snakebit driver paid the price for running the high line, hitting the wall multiple times before eventually pitting with a flat tire. It was his 57th consecutive loss. Earnhardt finished 2009 with two ...

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5 BEST CUP TITLES

NASCAR’s Cup point system has always been criticized by fans and competitors. Someone always feels there is a better way to calculate the championship. (This site’s own Dale Watermill, for example.) The truth is, there are an infinite number of systems that could be applied and someone will not like whatever version is chosen. But in all the variations that have been implemented, flawed as they were, several very compelling stories emerged through the years to capture fans’ att ...

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