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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Start & Parks Deserve Sympathy & Admiration, Not Derision

You see it every week now in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide series: less than halfway through the race, a seemingly undamaged car pulls into the garage and the team packs up and heads home early. The results sheet shows an electrical or brake failure, and the owner collects a backmarker paycheck. It’s a …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: A Sport in Crisis, RPM Just 1 Card in NASCAR’s Deck

“The house of cards is finally falling for George Gillett’s Richard Petty Motorsports.” These words, written by FOX Sports’ Lee Spencer, began what has become the biggest story in racing this week. As Gillett’s empire crumbles around him, RPM could be the latest casualty for the beleaguered owner of several different properties, including the soon-to-be-divested …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: NASCAR’s Chase Begins, But Who Wins? & What Does That Mean Historically?

26 down, 10 to go. NASCAR’s Chase starts this weekend at Loudon and it’s looking to be a different animal than it has been for the last three years, in which the champion (that’s Jimmie Johnson, Jimmie Johnson and Jimmie Johnson if you’re keeping score) has taken the title by keeping his opponents at bay …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Crossing the Dirty Line – When Drivers Do, When They Don’t & How Dirty Is It, Anyway?

Todd Bodine “thanked” Kyle Busch in victory lane at Kentucky this past Friday, calling Busch’s move that took the air off Bodine’s truck, causing him to spin, “dirty.”

Holding a Pretty Wheel: It’s Not Just About Talent, It’s About a Winning Combination

With an even dozen races left in the season, it used to be that NASCAR’s so-called Silly Season, that time of year when drivers and teams announced partings of the ways and new contractual unions, was just heating up. In more recent years, Silly Season has started earlier and lasted longer than in the past. …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: NASCAR’s Changes for the Fans, or Racing in the Wrong Direction?

Earlier this year, I looked at some of the goings-on in NASCAR and put a grade on some of the changes NASCAR made, as well as some other things going on in the sport. Well, the times, they have kept right on a-changin’, as the sanctioning body strives to stop the bleeding as ratings and …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Time to Take Notice, Underrated Kurt Busch Emerging as a Championship Threat

One driver who has been, for the most part, outside the media fray this year is Kurt Busch. Busch is currently fifth in points heading to Michigan this weekend, coming off a career-best road-course finish after driving his way to a second at Watkins Glen. Yet Busch seems to be largely under the radar this year.

Holding a Pretty Wheel: Kyle Busch’s 75th Win is Just a Number & Not a Particularly Meaningful 1

Last weekend marked a noteworthy event in NASCAR. On Saturday in Iowa, Kyle Busch, the ultra-talented 25-year-old from Las Vegas, took home his 75th victory in NASCAR’s three national touring divisions. (The win is actually Busch’s 76th NASCAR win; he has one win in the K&N Pro Series, a regional development series). Busch has 18 …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: NASCAR’s Veteran Drivers Have More to Offer & Deserve More Too

In a surprise Silly Season move this week, Marcos Ambrose announced that he will leave JTG Daugherty Racing at the end of the season. While Ambrose hasn’t announced any future plans yet (the rumor mill has him moving to the No. 9 being vacated by Kasey Kahne), JTG Daugherty Racing spared no time in naming …

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