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Bowles-Eye View: AJ Allmendinger Announcement a Bit of a Shock; Now, the Pressure’s On

NASCAR’s Silly Season seems to start earlier every year, but I never remember it gearing up this quickly. The announcement AJ Allmendinger will be temporarily replaced in the No. 84 is the second such driver change in three weeks in Sprint Cup – Jacques Villeneuve was ousted from the No. 27 mere hours after missing …

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Passion Fuels Michael Waltrip’s Past, Present & Future

CONCORD, N.C. – The year was 2002. It was my 27th birthday. My father was receiving the Mayor’s Award of Excellence for community service. Darrell Waltrip was there too, accepting the award for excellence in sports. Each recipient stood and spoke and, while I was very proud of my father and felt him to be …

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Too Early to Worry? Not Necessarily in NASCAR

I love studying the points standings at the beginning of the NASCAR season. The first five or six races are intriguing in that unheralded drivers often float to the top of the rankings by running steady, not necessarily great, and avoiding early pitfalls that can start a team in the hole, if not derail their …

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NASCAR, Follow the Rules!

This week’s exciting but controversial races to the checkered flag in both NASCAR’s Daytona 500 and the Chevy Silverado HD 250 Craftsman Truck Series events have left me dumbfounded as how such a successful organization as NASCAR can all too often demonstrate such poor judgment. It seems to me that the organization masquerades as a …

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NASCAR, Start Your Engines Already!

At 3:15 p.m. on Sunday, it’ll all be behind us. Manifolds, illegal substances, aerodynamic enhancements, failed shock mounts; the fines, suspensions and point-dockings. Then, once we get past FOX’s frenzied, frivolous and flighty pre-race show, one that will once again highlight all the craziness of this past week, the main event will finally, finally take …

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