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Racing to the Point: Aric Almirola Adds Another Asterisk

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Every sport has its share of asterisks. There are always going to be games, races and matches that don’t end to our satisfaction, records that are cheaply broken and even legacies that are called into question. Baseball deals with the term more than any other sport. Alex Rodriguez could actually trademark the asterisk at this …

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Racing to the Point: Leave Kentucky’s Surface Alone

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If Dale Earnhardt, Jr. hasn’t already torn up Kentucky Speedway’s surface with an excavator, the track’s general manager Mark Simendinger is going to be left with a difficult decision on whether or not to repave one of the circuit’s oldest surfaces. Junior made it very clear how he felt after his fifth-place finish Saturday, saying …

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Racing to the Point: One NASCAR Pastime Nearing Extinction

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I say we cage Boris Said up, put him in a safe environment with plenty of hair care products and don’t let him out until Watkins Glen rolls around. You see, Said is an endangered animal, much like the black rhino and Hawksbill turtle, so we need to start dedicating our resources to preserving him. …

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Racing to the Point: Some Drivers Need to Stop Being So Nice

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is lucky he has friends. Two weeks in a row, a driver with Hendrick Motorsports horsepower eased off the throttle and allowed Earnhardt to catch up and clean his front grille by sucking up on their back bumper. The kindness of his competitors kept Earnhardt in the hunt in both races, instead …

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Racing to the Point: How Earnhardt, Kahne Traded Places at Hendrick

Remember when Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finished 25th in the Sprint Cup standings in 2009? It’s hard to believe considering the success he’s had lately, but it’s true. The next season didn’t go much better, with little progress, and the son of a legend ended up 21st. If his name wasn’t Earnhardt, he probably would’ve wound …

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Racing to the Point: What’s Up With Stewart-Haas’ Other Team?

If I mentioned a Stewart-Haas Racing driver with two top-20 finishes, sitting 28th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings, who would you guess it is? If you guessed Danica Patrick, you’d be wrong. After her run Saturday that was more surprising than the time Darrell Waltrip correctly identified a car on aFOX broadcast, Patrick has three top 20s …

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Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: Talladega – Kansas Edition

Restrictor plate racing. It’s hard to describe the sensation it brings. Just when it appears evident that a dominant car/driver has prevailed, the field shuffles again.Brian Scott had it right when he said, “Love them or hate them, with the luck involved in superspeedway racing, you always feel like you have as good a shot as …

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Racing to the Point: NASCAR Has Its Own Heartbreak Kid

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Ben Stiller is no longer the Heartbreak Kid. The role now belongs to 23-year-old Parker Kligerman. Kligerman didn’t marry a crazy woman after knowing her for six weeks, then fall in love with someone else on his honeymoon, nor did he act in a subpar comedy. His story is full of heartbreak, though, just the …

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Racing To The Point: Rules Package Has Created Parity

Seven drivers have visited Victory Lane in seven races and not one is named Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne or Denny Hamlin. In case you didn’t notice, those all happen to be Hendrick and Gibbs drivers. Along with Kyle Busch, they dominated the Sprint Cup season in 2013. Gibbs and Hendrick won …

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