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The Cool-Down Lap: Bristol a Picture of Parity in NASCAR

While massive race teams like Hendrick Motorsports, Roush Fenway Racing, Richard Childress Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing gobble up and associate themselves with other teams to create super-conglomerates, the less well-funded teams often cry about the insurmountable barriers they must climb to gain entry in the Cup Series. However, if you watched the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Saturday night and also look at the numbers this season, parity is very existent.

The Cool-Down Lap: Joey Logano Takes Wrong Approach With Ryan Newman in Latest Clash

Wide-open spaces on the track surface at Michigan International Speedway made for very few on-track incidents during Sunday’s CARFAX 400. The only spin to draw a caution occurred on lap 148, when Joey Logano’s No. 20 Home Depot Toyota got loose under Ryan Newman’s No. 39 Tornados Chevy, tagging Newman’s left rear and sending him for a spin.

The Cool-Down Lap: Happiness & Heartbreak All in 1 for Chip Ganassi

2010 is the Year of the Comeback. While perennial contenders Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin and the Busch brothers have all taken turns in victory lane, others – such as Jamie McMurray and Kevin Harvick – have rebounded from horrid 2009 campaigns to grace the top of the scoring tower. McMurray set the underdog tone early, …

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The Cool-Down Lap: Dale Junior & LeBron James – Big Decisions Equal Big Results?

The hype that surrounded LeBron James’s free agency choice was rare and stands alone in the barriers of pop culture it penetrated. People that never watched one basketball game on TV or in the stands were suddenly weighing in on the issue, brandishing regurgitated facts to back up their various opinions on what team “King …

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The Cool-Down Lap: Score 1 for the Underdogs, A Breath of Fresh Air Sorely Needed in NASCAR

The opening stages of Saturday night’s 400 appeared to be a lock for another Goliath-style rout. Outside polesitter Jimmie Johnson roared to an early, dominating lead, pacing the first 92 circuits around Chicagoland Speedway. But miscues by the reigning four-time champ – missing pit road during a round of green-flag stops, spinning out on …

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The Cool-Down Lap: NASCAR Beginning to Throw Cautions the Correct Way

Denny Hamlin’s words from victory lane at Michigan International Speedway only confirmed what most cynics and conspiracy theorists had been thinking for much of the past few seasons. The race winner said that he fully expected NASCAR to look for a reason to throw a caution late in the event (which they did on lap …

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The Cool-Down Lap: More Than Numbers, Putting Raymond Parks’s NASCAR Impact in Perspective

On Sunday, the NASCAR community spent Father’s Day in mourning after losing one of the sport’s founding fathers. At 96 years old, former car owner Raymond Parks passed away at his home in Atlanta hours before the start of racing at Infineon. No cause of death was initially reported, but here’s what we do know: …

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The Cool-Down Lap: Drivers as Leaders? Not If You Listen to Team Radios

“I told him my job as the leader is to do everything I can to win that race.” These are the words of Denny Hamlin, spoken just after his tussle with teammate Kyle Busch in the All-Star Race last month. Less than a week later, Hamlin reiterated that not only was he the leader of …

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The Cool-Down Lap: Young Joey Logano Sends Loud Statement to Points Leader Kevin Harvick

For the second straight week, a normally calm driver in the NASCAR garage lost his cool after the race. But this time, a hot temper didn’t stop at just finger-pointing. Jeff Burton’s heated berating of Kyle Busch – after the No. 18’s contact caused a flat tire on the No. 31 late in last Sunday’s …

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The Cool-Down Lap: How Penske Pulled the Block on Ganassi’s Historic Double

Roger Penske and Chip Ganassi have been rival car owners for years, with many of their battles fought in various open-wheel series, most recently the IZOD IndyCar Series. But the explosion of NASCAR’s popularity the last two decades of the 20th century brought both racing legends to stock car racing, where they started new chapters …

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