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Holding a Pretty Wheel: 1 Out of 2 Ain’t Bad? NASCAR Gets Only Gets 1 Penalty (Sort Of) Right

“He didn’t hit you; he rubbed you. And rubbin’, son, is racin.” –Robert Duvall as Harry Hogge in the movie Days of Thunder Rubbin’, son, has been a part of racin’ since, oh, probably the first race. A properly timed rub, in the form of a move called the bump-and-run, has been a method of …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: An Open Letter to Track Owners – Do Right By Your Fans

Dear Track Owners: (Yes, I am talking to you, International Speedway Corp. and Speedway Motorsports Inc. To the Mattiolis and Dover Motorsports Inc., not so much. But there are, perhaps, lessons to be learned. You too, NASCAR.) You are in a unique position in the sport right now. You, perhaps more than anyone with the …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: R-E-S-P-E-C-T? Who Needs That When It’s All About Me?

Last Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sprint Cup veteran Mark Martin noted that the racing has changed during his career. That in itself is not surprising, as Martin’s tenure in Cup has spanned the better part of 25 years now. But the change Martin referred to-a change in the on-track attitudes of the drivers …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Is a 4-Time Champ the Underdog for 5? Why Denny Hamlin’s Become the Favorite

A long, hot summer lies ahead for the NASCAR faithful. School’s out, and fans’ minds are turning toward vacations: to the track, to the beach, to the mountains, maybe all three. But in the garage, the minds of drivers and race teams are turning toward the Chase. For the past four years, Jimmie Johnson has …

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