Confessions Of A Plate Racing Fan

[caption id="attachment_688394" align="aligncenter" width="520"] during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 7, 2018 in Daytona Beach, Florida.[/caption] OK, I've put it out there- I am a plate racing fan. To the purist, this is sacrilege. This fan was always amused when racing great Mark Martin referred a race at Talladega as "the lotto." You can't argue with him; look at how many drivers who have only won at plate tracks. I co ...

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One Way Dale Earnhardt Jr Is Like His Dad

Generally speaking, comparing Dale Earnhardt Jr. to his father- a seven-time NASCAR champion- is racing sacrilege. To say Dale Sr. was a NASCAR giant is like saying Lennon and McCartney were a good songwriting team. With few exceptions, the resume of The Intimidator dwarfs all comers. There is one area where Dale Earnhardt Jr. followed well in his father's footsteps. With 10 wins on restrictor plate tracks, "Lil E" far outpaces the field of active drivers. With five wins at plate tracks, ...

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Talladega: Many Suggestions, Few Solutions

Out of all the chaos that was the Geico 500 at Talladega, there's one thing we can all agree on that was good: no one was seriously hurt. Letting 40 cars race at 200 miles an hour at just a few inches apart on a banked oval track sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. Only 5 of 40 cars went unscathed in the midst of the mayhem, and the events that unfolded Sunday once again raised all the debate regarding restrictor plate racing. Many old school fans want to ditch the restrictor plates ...

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One Way NASCAR Drivers Can Get France’s Attention

  Click! Once again, NASCAR plays Russian roulette at a restrictor plate track, and no one dies. Like you, I suspect that in another day and time, we would all be writing memorials to Austin Dillon. He made it out alive, and so have the fans injured by the flying debris from Dillon's car, as we witnessed another episode of carnage on the final lap at Daytona International Speedway. We are reminded that 43 cars bunched together at 200 mph is a high-risk proposition. Put those 43 cars ...

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Time To Toss Out The Plates?

Business is picking up again in metal recycling. Wednesday's practice at Daytona International Speedway saw more stuff get wadded up than a novelist with writer's block. Can you imagine the fist pounding back at the shop? As of right now, it appears one of the victims, Dave Blaney, will be packing it in, and another Daytona favorite, Trevor Bayne, may have his chances of making the show jeopardized by the mayhem triggered when Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth nudged each other. This is racing ...

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