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Old School or New, Jimmie Johnson’s Success Speaks for Itself

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In the transition from the old school, hard knuckle racing to the new school, ‘playoffs and overtime’ era of NASCAR, only one thing has been certain – Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus have stood above the rest. And no, it hasn’t even been close. Johnson’s win in Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, his second-straight …

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The Successor, Amelia and More Lost to Difficult Daytona Handling

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Handling matters at Daytona. Say it with me, everybody. Handling. Matters. At. Daytona.  Gee, didn’t that feel good? It’s been a while. Going into Sunday’s 58th Daytona 500, the focus rested on the usual suspects. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. appeared to have another rocket ship. Chase Elliott took the pole as Jeff Gordon’s successor and won …

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The Cool-Down Lap: How Should NASCAR Nation Feel About 5 Straight?

In case you haven’t heard, Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 Lowe’s team won the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship on the strength of a second-place finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Sunday’s Ford 400 – his fifth straight. And while the ESPN crew and pillars of the media that cover NASCAR release stories lacing him …

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The Cool-Down Lap: The Kyle Busch Conundrum, Sunday Meltdown Latest Fault of His Fire

He’s talented. He’s fiery. He may be his own worst enemy. There are many adjectives to describe Kyle Busch, the 25-year-old driver of the No. 18 M&M’s Toyota, who absolutely shot himself in the foot, then chopped it off, salted it, cooked and ate the nasty appendage during Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor …

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The Cool-Down Lap: Is Clint Bowyer the Next Jamie McMurray?

As NASCAR checked video to determine the winner of Sunday’s AMP Energy Juice 500, Clint Bowyer and Kevin Harvick parked next to each other at the start-finish line, near the exit of pit road. Interim No. 33 crew chief Scott Miller and the other crew members chirped to Bowyer that NASCAR was still reviewing the …

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The Cool-Down Lap: Does Big Mo Mean Big Things for Clint Bowyer in 2010?

By now, you know what happened in Sunday’s Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Clint Bowyer, tied for the Chase cellar with 2010’s other non-winning playoff participants heading into the Loudon race, led 177 laps and grabbed the top spot from Tony Stewart’s sputtering No. 14 Chevy as the white flag flew – the …

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The Cool-Down Lap: Dale Earnhardt Jr., No. 88 Team Have Fight Club Moment at Richmond

“Have you ever hit rock bottom?” Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) posed this question to Edward Norton’s character in Fight Club as he challenged Norton to break away from his empty boring life, strip to the bare bones and end up creating Joker-like social experiments and acts of terrorism. And while there were no face-disintegrating fights, acid-burnt tattoos or explosions in the No. 88 AMP Energy Chevy’s pits or garage stall after Saturday night’s Air Guard 400 at Richmond, Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s 34th place, six laps down finish was a Fight Club act in its own right: rock bottom for a team that has been conspicuously disappointing since Junior joined the team in 2008.

The Cool-Down Lap: Great Racing, Bad Crowd? The Curious Case of AMS & Where to Go From Here

Drivers love it. It sits just south of the biggest city in the southeastern United States and seventh or eighth biggest in the whole country. It has wonderful facilities, a fan-friendly atmosphere. It has been home to some of the most spectacular finishes and impactful races in NASCAR history. But Atlanta Motor Speedway has a problem.

The Cool-Down Lap: The Domino Effect if Unhappy Kevin Harvick Had Gotten His Way

Rewind back to mid-July of 2009. Kevin Harvick, the Sprint Cup Series championship leader for most of the 2010 season, sat 25th in points and winless for two-and-a-half years. His and the rest of Richard Childress Racing’s teams’ seasons were long down the toilet, destined to miss the Chase for the first time since 2005. …

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