EXAMINING THE 2011 SEASON

Coming out of the second off-weekend of 2011 it is a perfect time to examine the start of the season. Since the cars hit the track 11 weeks ago in the Budweiser Shootout to kick off the year, there have been a few developments over the three short months that may set the stage for the long summer stretch towards the Chase.Some of the usual contenders have once again found their place in the top 10 in points, while others are struggling to make their way into the top 20. New faces have emerged fr ...

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LOL RACE PICS: REST ASSURED, TONY STEWART HAS BIG PLANS FOR SCREWING UP TALLADEGA

 The great thing about Tony Stewart is how honest he is.For more such shenanigans go to LOL Race Pics. Related links:Kyle Busch's babyLOL Race Pics goes metaStart and park this! ...

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PIT STRATEGIES BACKFIRE IN TEXAS FOR STEWART AND BUSCH

With a fast car and a hunger to end a 76-race winless streak, few in the field had anything for Roush Fenway Racing’s Matt Kenseth Saturday night in Texas. Leading more laps than he had in all of 2010, Kenseth scored his first victory since sweeping the opening weekends in 2009. “It's been a long time,” Kenseth said. “You talk about the second place finishes here, and I got beaten at the end of a lot of these races.  It's great to finish second if you can't win. But ...

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LUCK HAS NOT BEEN ON STEWART’S SIDE IN PITS

MARTINSVILLE, Va. _ In the first five races of the season, it seems Tony Stewart and crew chief Darian Grubb have opted for a different strategy than that than the rest of the field. Running at the front nearly every week, the No. 14 team has struggled to capitalize on its strong performances and varying strategies to find Victory Lane.After dominating the race in Las Vegas, a pit road penalty mired it deep in the field. On the final caution, Grubb called for two tires, gained the lead and clean ...

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TRIBUTE TO THE CATCH CAN MAN

NASCAR's off-season rule change eliminating the Catch Can Man has caused several teams fits. Many folks underestimate the role of the Man With The Can. Without an extra pair of hands to capture gas overflow and make adjustments to the car, pit crews for several prominent teams have been unable to gas and go this season. Greg Biffle's team, notably, has been unable to unlock this new puzzle.While it's heart-wrenching to see a pit box without the Man With The Can, the legend lives on. He not only ...

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