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Did You Notice? People Don’t Believe in NASCAR Fairy Tales?

*Did You Notice?* … That in today’s world of sports, giving athletes the benefit of the doubt is suddenly a thing of the past? Instead, steroids, cheating scandals, and bad calls have turned us into a nation full of doubters, cornered into a defensive stance of guilty until proven innocent for our own emotional protection.

As proof, look no further than a blue and yellow number 3, 1980s vintage Wrangler on the side wrangling its way to Victory Lane Friday night. In the final drive with his daddy’s number on the side, Earnhardt drove like the restrictor plate master of old, leading the final 33 laps of the race in holding off challenges from Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, and a handful of other Cup veterans.

Did You Notice? 2010 Title Down to 6 Men, The New Car Band-Aid & Quick Hits

Did You Notice? That with nine races left, there’s a bit of a cushion for a handful of playoff contenders? The top six in the Sprint Cup standings have at least 271 points over 13th-place Dale Earnhardt Jr. That’s not an insurmountable margin, but large enough that all can breathe a sigh of relief, avoiding …

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