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Holding A Pretty Wheel: Where’s the Hall of Fame Standard?

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The NASCAR Hall of Fame announced its 2016 inductees this week in Charlotte, and the list was, perhaps, a touch different than others – one that included three Sprint Cup drivers, a modified driver, a track owner and promoter. Most were not particularly surprising. Bobby Isaac was the winningest champion not yet enshrined. Terry Labonte …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Wheels Turn to Wings at Tommy Baldwin Racing

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Sometimes there’s more to racing than cars going in circles as fast as they can. That was the case on Wednesday at the Tommy Baldwin Racing shop in Mooresville, N.C., on Tuesday (May 12), where a team, a sponsor and an organization came together to give some children a special gift: freedom. Many factors can …

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Holding A Pretty Wheel: It’s All About Winning… Until It Isn’t

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At the end of the day, you can talk about the Chase, you can talk about strategy. You can talk about luck, or apathy, or conspiracy theories. Talk about what you want, because what most people will remember a month, a year, a decade from now is so much simpler. It’s about the winner. It’s …

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Holding A Pretty Wheel: Is There a Place for Plate Racing in Today’s NASCAR?

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Talladega: Just the name is enough to send shivers up the spine of any race fan. For some, it’s shivers of anticipation of a favorite race. But for many, it’s more a feeling of dread. It’s not a question of if a multi-car crash will happen, it’s a question of when. Current rules have created …

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Holding A Pretty Wheel: Why Fans Are Fans & the Error of NASCAR’s Ways

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Why do fans become fans? That’s an important question and one that’s important to ask. Why do people follow NASCAR (or any form of motorsports) and why do they stick around for the long haul? NASCAR (and if you check out this week’s Open-Wheel Wednesday and Nitro Shots, you’ll see they’re not alone in this) …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson Looking for Redemption

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A year ago, they were reigning champion and runner up, coming off a 2013 season where they had a combined 13 wins. Both drivers were heavily favored to vie for the title again in 2014, even with a format that perhaps favored short-term success over long-term excellence. What nobody expected was the wheels to fall …

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Holding A Pretty Wheel: Front Row Motorsports On Path to Improvement

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There’s a different world on the backside of the Sprint Cup garage. That’s where the sport’s smaller teams usually reside. Teams are assigned to the garage based on points, so while one side — the side where the big, powerful teams are parked — is often a circus of fans and media on top of …

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Holding A Pretty Wheel: NASCAR Rules

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There are a lot of very descriptive words that get bandied about in NASCAR. Some of them aren’t even fit to print. But it seems that one word has come to the forefront in recent weeks, and it’s only mildly dirty: rules. Actually, if you’re following them, it’s not so much a dirty word as …

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Holding A Pretty Wheel: Getting On Track(s)

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Five weeks into the 2015 NASCAR season, the racing has been… well, just OK. There’s action deep in the pack, if the broadcast cares to show it, and there have been some good battles. But for the most part, fans have expressed disappointment in the product on the track. There’s talk surrounding the new rules …

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Holding A Pretty Wheel: 1 Shining Moment

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The Game 7 moment. That one perfect, shining, elusive minute of perfection. It’s got excitement, it’s got hope, it’s got everyone on the edge of their seats. It’s what NASCAR has tried to create with the Chase, the restart rules, the green-white-checkered finishes, the well-timed debris cautions. But it’s hard to capture and impossible to …

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