A MINORITY REPORT ON THE MARTINSVILLE MADNESS

For the first time in what seems like forever, NASCAR Nation is talking about the action that actually happened on the track, instead of what should have happened. Though not all are happy with the results, it’s refreshing to talk about the action we had versus the action we should have had. No fuel mileage, no rain, no phantom cautions. In the court of NASCAR fan opinion, this race features a couple of odd selections for villains. There’s no Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards or Kevin Har ...

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KEVIN HARVICK IS THE BLUE COLLAR CANDIDATE

On more than one occasion, this observer has opined today’s NASCAR is more about the race and the personalities than it is about the cars, with the age of the muscle car long gone. Among the glamor boys like Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards, the young guns like Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne and Denny Hamlin, there’s needed to be a throwback kind of driver; a Joe Six-Pack kind of guy. Enter Kevin Harvick.With Dale Jr. working to find his way back, with Tony Stewart’s fortu ...

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HAMLIN-JOHNSON DOMINANCE ENDS IN PITS

MARTINSVILLE, Va._ Coming into this weekend’s Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at the Martinsville Speedway, the question was could anyone stop the dominance of Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson on the half-mile paperclip. The pair had combined to win the previous nine Martinsville events, leaving many to guess Sunday’s race would be no different, and for much of the event they were right.However, despite strong runs by both, it was Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kyle Busch that ba ...

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HARVICK CRUSHES THE HOPES OF JUNIOR NATION

MARTINSVILLE, Va._ For a moment, it appeared all was right in the NASCAR world. Dale Earnhardt Jr. had just pulled a bump-and-run move on Kyle Busch to take the lead with 20 laps to go and the fans were on their feet at Martinsville Speedway cheering him on wildly. Junior Nation was about to see their driver break a 98-race winless streak, beating Busch to do so nonetheless. Then came the black No. 29 of Kevin Harvick. Spoiling the day for Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch one week ago in Fontana, H ...

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ARE YOU IN A NASCAR FEUD?

Martinsville showed what happens when folks stop being polite and start getting real.  The gloves came off and surprising feuds simmer to a boil.  Matt Kenseth found himself smack dab in the middle of a Jeff Gordon feud.  A simple bump can become a NASCAR fight. Some feuds are obvious (Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski have been at it for weeks), but many others are just below the surface.  Here is a handy chart to see if you're in the middle of bitter racing rivalry. ...

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HAMLIN ENJOYS SOME GOODY’S PAIN RELIEF

Driving with a torn ACL and surgery scheduled as early as late Monday evening, Denny Hamlin was looking for relief before embarking on a tough rest of the season ahead of him. With many questioning his abilities and chances with his injury and upcoming surgery, Hamlin proved them wrong the only way he knew how – dominating Monday’s race in Martinsville. Starting in the 19th spot, Hamlin had his work was cut out for him – especially with the heavy braking required on the tig ...

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MARTINSVILLE RACE POSTPONED TO MONDAY

The Sprint Cup race scheduled for Sunday in Martinsville has been postponed until Monday because of rain. From the Associated Press:"Showers lingered over the track in southwest Virginia on Sunday, and the absence of lights for night racing meant the window for racing was closing quickly. NASCAR does not allow a race to start unless it's feasible for the entire event to be run, and races on the shortest, oldest track in the Sprint Cup Series can take up to four hours. The cal ...

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CREW CHIEFS READY FOR RAINY CONDITIONS

MARTINSVILLE, Va._ With a bleak forecast for Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville, teams were forced to roll out the rain gear, car covers and heavy jackets. As the teams and fans wait and see what Mother Nature has in store for them, the strategy for Sunday’s race changes just a bit. If the race can get underway, teams will be racing to the 250-lap mark, not the scheduled 500. Once the race reaches the halfway point the race is official and can be ended and a winner decla ...

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STOCK CAR TIME MACHINE

Possible sequel to Hot Tub Time Machine...While working late one night in the garage, Tony Stewart accidentally discovered time travel, changing the face of history forever. Tony Stewart used to be known as a former champion and Billy Bad Butt, now he is a time-traveling hero rewriting history as he travels through time in his stock car. Here are the six most important events from history that have been forever changed by Stewart's Stock Car Time Machine.1. The Gettysburg Address No One R ...

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GOODY’S FAST PAIN RELIEF 500 ODDS

Now I know why Vegas is so fancy.For the first time this season, one of my picks actually won a race. As a result of my fake $50 wager, I won a fake $100 for a fake $50 profit. As I was bouncing around in a vibrant victory dance, my wife asked me a pointed yet appropriate question. “Didn’t you lose the first four races of the year?”Yes. Yes I did. One win and four losses still has me down a fake $150. But the feeling of winning certainly mutes the sorrow of loss. And it’s ...

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