TOP STORY NO. 6: TALLADEGA TURNS INTO THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE

Growing up, I was horrified by the Bermuda Triangle, to the point where I didn’t want to travel there for fear of getting swallowed by some sea monster. The myth of the Bermuda Triangle might be diminished, but it appears to have a wicked step-cousin that is growing out of control. Racing fans call this evil Talladega, our No. 6 top story of 2009. What happened?Both races at the track were a mess. I’ll let the video speak for Brad Keselowski’s first win at the expense of Car ...

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5 FAN FIXES FOR TALLADEGA AND WHY THEY WON’T WORK

In the days following a Talladega race, experts come out of the woodwork with solutions on how to fix the racing there. Unfortunately, there are a variety of problems to address and the menu of solutions is short. Airborne race cars, particularly ones trying to enter the grandstands, cars running dangerously in a pack, “The Big One,” single-file lap logging, blocking, the yellow-line rule. Take your pick. A lot of fans and some experts think they have the right solutions, but many of ...

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ALABAMA IS JUNIOR NATION

TALLADEGA, Ala. _ Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been ridiculed for his lousy 2009 season, but there is still one place that treats him like a hero - Talladega, Ala. I saw, heard and felt the power of Junior Nation firsthand during this Sunday's Amp Energy 500. As I walked among the throngs of race fans this weekend, Junior's colors were most prevalent, followed by Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne. Under closer inspection, however, most of those Kahne colors turned out to be Junior's old colors. Th ...

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FAN WATCHES SQUIRREL EAT CORN OVER NASCAR RACE AT TALLADEGA

Well, this pretty much sums it up. Given the choice between watching the AMP Energy 500 at Talladega, and watching this squirrel eat corn on the front porch, this viewer goes squirrel. Forget football. We're beyond football. NASCAR is losing viewers to small woodland creatures that eat tiny bits of food in an adorable manner.   ...

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50 THINGS MORE EXCITING THAN SUNDAY’S RACE AT TALLADEGA

1. The text of the House health care bill2. Women's golf3. Listening to a 4-year-old talk4. Listening to Tom Cruise talk5. All-staff meetings at work6. My married friends' Facebook updates7. Larry King8. A TV interview with Derek Jeter9. The new Jay Leno show10. The Economist magazine11. The Cleveland Browns' offense 12. Flight attendant safety-procedure announcements13. Mark Martin's haircut14. Department store music15. Candle enthusiasts16. People who love farmers' markets (Los Angeles only ...

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