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Racing to the Point: NASCAR’s One-Sided Tug of War

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There’s been a tug of war going on for the last decade or so between lifelong NASCAR fans and NASCAR executives. The battle? For the sport’s soul. Lifelong fans started tugging on the rope to keep tradition and to not fix what wasn’t broken. NASCAR executives have been fighting to appeal to a broader audience …

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Racing to the Point: This Championship Means Something Different, No Matter Who Wins

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Ryan Newman could become the next Billy Horschel on Sunday. For those of you who don’t follow golf, Horschel came out of nowhere to win this year’s FedEx Cup, the PGA’s playoffs. He was the 69th-ranked player coming in, but overcame the odds to win the final two events and take home more than $11 …

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Racing to the Point: NASCAR Plays The Brawl Blame Game

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NASCAR executives probably spent Monday morning reveling in the media attention sparked by Sunday’s post-race fight. Then they spent Monday afternoon analyzing the video to dish out penalties for it. After all, that type of behavior can’t be tolerated – even if it’s exactly what NASCAR wanted, creating one hell of a strange disciplinary policy. …

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Racing to the Point: Harvick, Keselowski Must Dig Out of Same Hole

A week after miraculously crawling out with a win at Talladega Superspeedway, Brad Keselowski is right back in a hole. He’s got two races at Texas Motor Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway to win again, or he’s likely out of the championship hunt. Same story as before, different venues. But here’s where the added drama …

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Racing to the Point: Despite Chaos, This Season’s Main Characters Still Alive

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This season’s Chase for the Sprint Cup is like watching the final season of a really good, violent drama. You’ve come to terms with the fact that characters are going to be killed off, but you’re hoping it’s done the right way. In other words, don’t kill off Walter White and Rick Grimes in the …

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Racing to the Point: It’s Go Time for Jimmie Johnson

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Don’t let that Kansas Speedway post-accident smile fool you; Jimmie Johnson’s back is against the wall. Here’s why: There are two races left before the next Chase cutoff – except Talladega isn’t really a race at all, but an embarrassing crapshoot where Steve Grissom had just as good of a chance at winning as Johnson. …

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Racing to the Point: Ward Family Still Searching for Answers

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While just about everybody else was throwing in their two cents about the Kevin Ward, Jr. tragedy and the ensuing grand jury case against Tony Stewart, I chose to hold back, sensing that adding my opinion to the fray wasn’t helping the Wards any in their healing process. Ward’s aunt Wendi Ward’s open letter in USA …

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Racing to the Point: BK, Swan Racing Strategies Have Failed

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You know when you’re about 4 years old and you want to go in the pool, but you don’t know how to swim, so you’re just kind of standing by it, and then all of a sudden a family member takes you and throws you into the water because he or she thinks the best …

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