Rivalries Vs. Feuds

The one year anniversary of the infamous Denny Hamlin- Joey Logano crash in Fontana raises questions of feuds and rivalries. In the mind of this observer, there's a difference. One is good for NASCAR. The other is a public relations black eye. Great rivalries are the stuff of NASCAR legend. The King (Richard Petty) vs. The Silver Fox (David Pearson) may have been the greatest in motorsports. Bobby Allison versus Darrell Waltrip was a great rivalry. For a time, Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart ...

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NASCAR’s Mt. Rushmore

Over in the NBA, LeBron James has lain before himself a new challenge: to have a career worthy of being part of basketball's "Mt. Rushmore." Today- he says he belongs there alongside such luminaries as Jordan, Magic and Bird. Did you catch that? These are names even non-basketball fans know- transcendent figures. It prompts for the motorsports fan the question of who belongs on NASCAR's Mt. Rushmore? Who are the four giants? For this fan, NASCAR's Mt. Rushmore must be game changers, t ...

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NASCAR’s Answer To Hank Aaron

"As far as I'm concerned, (Hank) Aaron is the best ball player of my era. He is to baseball of the last 15 years what Joe DiMaggio was before him. He's never received the credit he's due." - Mickey Mantle in Baseball Digest (June 1970) Sometimes greatness is achieved not by doing one spectacular deed, but by doing several things well over an extended period of time. Though he never hit 50 home runs in a season, Hank Aaron was for 33 years baseball’s home run king. Over the span of his 22 ...

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JEFF GORDON: NASCAR’S GAME-CHANGING DRIVER

21 years ago, almost all of us had a phone on our wall or on an end table. Email was something guys with thick glasses and pocket protectors used. On demand TV? Wasn't that what happened when you yanked the remote control out of your kid brother's hand? If Rip Van Winkle were awakening today from a 20-year snooze, he'd find the world has changed a lot since that November day in 1992 when Jeffrey Michael Gordon made his NASCAR Winston Cup debut. NASCAR has seen more than its share of chang ...

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NASCAR PERSONALITIES WHO SHOULD RUN FOR PRESIDENT IN 2012

Hot off the heals of Iowa's straw poll, the news is ripe with presidential candidates jostling for the 2012 Presidential election. No clear leader has emerged with fresh ideas to inspire the American people which means America needs a fresh start. America needs someone with the nerves of steel to ride door-to-door at 200mph, the endurance to last six hundred miles at Atlanta and the patience to sit next to Kyle Busch in a drivers' meeting. NASCAR isn't going to politely visit the White House; It ...

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STOP MANIPULATING BUSCH’S WIN TOTALS TO COMPARE WITH PETTY

The year is 2056. Dale Earnhardt’s championship total of seven is no longer a benchmark of NASCAR excellence. You see, Bob Franks of Barre, Vermont now has eight championships at Thunder Road Speedway in the Full Frame Antique Division. These cars closely resemble Earnhardt’s earlier championships in the 1980s. Therefore all the titles are being statistically listed under one category.Who says?Jim Alexander does. Alexander is a 34 year-old NASCAR historian and is a self-proclaimed mo ...

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JEFF GORDON SCORES HISTORIC POCONO WIN

Sunday afternoon at Pocono Raceway, Jeff Gordon joined some very elite company in the NASCAR history books. By scoring the win in the 5-Hour Energy 500, Gordon moved into a three-way tie with Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip on NASCAR’s all-time win list with 84 victories. The only two drivers with more victories than the driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet are Richard Petty and David Pearson. “I really can't even express in words what it means to tie Darrell Waltrip and Bobby Allison at ...

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WENDELL SCOTT IS A STORY EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW

CHARLOTTE _ Richard Petty. Ned Jarrett. Wendell Scott.Most NASCAR fans are very familiar with two of these names; the other, not so much. Two of these men are either currently, or scheduled to be, enshrined in the Hall of Honor in the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The other will likely take decades to get the recognition he deserves. Yet, come Feb. 20, 2011, sports fans will learn more about the legacy and impact Wendell Scott left on the sport of NASCAR thanks to a film put together by ESPN and the NASC ...

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JOHNSON WINS HISTORIC FIFTH STRAIGHT TITLE

In one of the most dramatic races in recent memory, the 2010 Chase for the Sprint Cup literally came down to the wire. Entering the day, Denny Hamlin led Jimmie Johnson by 15 points, with Kevin Harvick only 46 points behind. With all three drivers looking to make their own history, the 267-lap race at the Homestead-Miami Speedway was going to determine the champion. Throughout the course of the day, each of the three title contenders suffered setbacks and each overcame those troubles. Yet when C ...

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REMEMBERING NOV. 15, 1992 IN ATLANTA, ONE HECK OF A SEASON FINALE

I was so cold.The kind of cold where my toes and fingertips ached. My teeth had a consistently slight chatter. My back shivered most of the day and just would not stop. The wind was constant and the air was bitter in the shade. And yet this discomfort was not the foremost memory I was left with from this weekend. I describe the physical feeling I tolerated from the top row of the turn one grandstands in Atlanta during the 1992 NASCAR Cup season finale. The historical impact of what I had witness ...

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