Pressure Off Harvick, On Hamlin At Talladega

What a difference a week makes. Prior to the Hollywood Casino 400, Kevin Harvick was on the outside looking in after a disastrous run at Charlotte. Harvick proved once again his value in the clutch, winning and stamping his ticket for playoff advancement with a victory. He will be playing with house money as NASCAR heads to Talladega. A good friend of mine who is a former racer admires Harvick for what he sees as his skill with the throttle in and out of turns. Whatever it may be, Kevin H ...

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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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10 Races That Are Must See TV In 2016

Note to family friends: on the following dates this year, do not try bothering to contact me. I will not answer. You're welcome to come join me, if you wish, but on at least these five dates, I will not be fishing, I will not go hiking, I am parking my aging keister on the sofa to watch racing- NASCAR style. Fellow fans, you know what I'm talking about: every sport has its special dates on the calendar. Baseball fans have the Red Sox vs. the Yankees, NFL fans have a keen eye open for when ...

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Thrilling Or Not, Talladega Does NOT Belong In The Chase

OK, it's Uncle Jimmy's story time, otherwise known as confessions of a fan who has a convoluted view of Talladega. If I may let the fan in my out, I was rooting big time for Mark Martin in 2009. He had taken a big swig from the Fountain Of Youth, and the (at that time) five-time championship runner-up was making a spirited run at Jimmie Johnson's "four-peat." It was a feel good story in the making. This was during that era when Johnson was darn near indestructible. You had to have your "A ...

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Mild Or Wild, There’s Nothing In Between At Talladega

Are you like me? Sometimes watching a race at Talladega Superspeedway has been as frustrating as can be. For this fan, racing at Talladega has been a lot like fighting a war: hours of sheer boredom, following by seconds of sheer terror. Races where drivers wouldn't pass each other, two car tangoes, and pile-ups that fouled the fortunes of my favorite contenders are too vivid in my head. Like you- I keep watching, because you just never know what a day in Alabama may bring. Talladega has s ...

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