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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LOL RACE PICS: TONY STEWART IS NOT HAPPY

  Other than that, the Las Vegas race went great. Props, LOL Race Pics. Related links: Danica signs some boobs Trevor Bayne BRB ...

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EDWARDS BEATS STEWART IN LAS VEGAS

Continuing his early season momentum, Carl Edwards was able to score his first win of the 2011 season Sunday at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Edwards took the lead from Tony Stewart after the final round of green flag pit stops cycled through and never looked back. “It is unreal,” Edwards said. “When you are a kid you dream about this and how cool it would be to go to Vegas and fly a bunch of women there in a private plane and race cars and I did it. I brought my mom, my mother ...

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NOT A FAN OF EARNHARDT, I BECAME ONE THAT DAY

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla._ Today marks the 10th anniversary of Dale Earnhardt’s tragic and unexpected death on the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500. A myriad of stories have been flowing from drivers, the media and fans this week remembering the late titan of stock car racing, and I would be remised if I did not offer my memories, not only of the man but of that fateful day. While many reporters and industry insiders have talked of being at the track and witnessing the confusion that unfolded f ...

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NASCAR NEEDS A MAN OF THE PEOPLE

If you’re much over the age of 25, you’ll recall baseball’s lost season of 1994, when player and owners reached an impasse. Some called the battle of “the millionaires versus the billionaires,” but fans felt they came out the real losers. When play resumed in 1995, the fans let the sport hear about it with attendance off by some 20 percent, and those showing up being none to quiet about their disdain for what baseball had become. Not missing a game in near ...

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MCMURRAY WINS, TITLE CONTENDERS NARROW

CONCORD, N.C._ Think it bothers Jamie McMurray that he did not make this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup? Not when you consider he won the season-opening Daytona 500, the mid-season Brickyard 400 and had seven top-3 finishes. Winning two of the pinnacle races on the NASCAR schedule, McMurray has stepped up when it mattered most and Saturday night's Bank of America 500 was no different.While Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson battled for the top-spot late in the race, McMurray methodically close ...

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