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Doug Turnbull

The Cool-Down Lap: New School NASCAR Non-stalgia Eroding Sport’s Fanbase

My tenure as a NASCAR fan has been contained entirely in the “New School Stock Car Era”. The first race I watched from flag-to-flag on TV was the 2001 Daytona 500, where I saw my favorite racer, Dale Earnhardt, crash on the final lap defending the turf for the two …

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The Cool-Down Lap: A Jimmie Johnson Win We Finally Can Stomach?

You may be sick and tired of hearing some version of this phrase: “Coming to the checkered flag, the No. 48 team will do it again. Jimmie Johnson wins at (insert name of any type of track except a road course here).” But his 50th career victory in Sunday’s Food …

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NASCAR Will Use New Spoiler at Martinsville

During a press conference for the Sprint All-Star Race in Charlotte, N.C. today, NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton confirmed the Sprint Cup Series would officially make the transition to the rear spoiler beginning with the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 at the Martinsville Speedway. Pemberton said 83 spoilers …

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High Speeds in Talladega at 1st CoT Spoiler Test

The highly anticipated first official spoiler test for the Car of Tomorrow may be noteworthy for other reasons. In an attempt to break up the large packs of cars, a notorious characteristic for restrictor plate tracks like Talladega, NASCAR allowed teams to try plates with larger holes – they started …

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The Cool-Down Lap: Harvick’s Success Has Come in Unorthodox Ways

Part of the allure of Kevin Harvick to race fans is how he bucks trends. The 34-year-old Bakersville, Calif. native won in just his third start in 2001, launching a Cup career following the death of Dale Earnhardt by adding a Daytona 500, an All-Star Race, three Chase appearances and …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Rick Crawford on Memories, Sponsorship & More

2010 is a make-or-break year for NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Rick Crawford, as the down economy has forced the longtime backer of his No. 14 Circle Bar Racing team, Ford Motor Company, to cut back its funding. Add in the departure of another longtime sponsor to Mike Skinner’s …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2010 Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Edition

Welcome back to the South, NASCAR! After two mediocre races in California and Las Vegas, Sunday’s Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway quickly reminded fans of the show that NASCAR drivers can produce at some of the circuits more senior tracks – like they did in Daytona last month. …

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Kurt Busch Wins 2010 Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta as Tires & Tempers Break

Mirroring last year’s victory, Kurt Busch and the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge team claimed the checkered flag in Sunday’s Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Leading six times for 129 laps, Busch made his winning move in a three-wide pass during the race’s first attempt at a green-white-checkered …

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Keyed Up Motorsports & Casey Mears Face Uphill Climb in Cup Ranks

Casey Mears is at a crossroads in his career. Shuffled to a different race team in all but two of his eight Cup Series seasons and left without a ride after sponsorship at Richard Childress Racing dried up, the Bakersfield, Calif. native finds himself on the “other side of the …

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