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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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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.

Beyond the Cockpit: Ryan Newman Speaks Out on Joey Logano Feud, 2010 Chase Chances

Ryan Newman has had a solid, yet unspectacular tenure in his season-and-a-half in the No. 39 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevy. While his Chase chances remain tenuous, he scored a victory earlier this season at Phoenix International Raceway, the first for SHR’s second team, and sits 14th in points, 103 behind 12th place Clint Bowyer. Newman also …

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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 LifeLock.com 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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