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Fact or Fiction: Did New Asphalt, Earnhardt Come Through in the Clutch?

One of Steve Letarte’s goals coming into his first season as crew chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr. was to improve Earnhardt’s language and attitude in attempts to get the driver back on track. And while Earnhardt crashed in the second segment on Saturday during the Budweiser Shootout, his demeanor on the radio has changed.

5 Questions for 2011: Did NASCAR Do Enough This Offseason?

Today’s Season Preview Topic: NASCAR chose to address the issues of the past few years by… tweaking the Chase (slightly) and revamping the points system. Good move? Bad move? What’s the one thing they didn’t fix you wish they had?

Driven to the Past: 9 Years Later, NASCAR’s 9/11 Moment Still Resonates

The 2001 MBNA Cal Ripken Jr. 400 was held 12 days after 9/11 and was the first major motorsports event in the country since the attacks. Over 140,000 race fans filled the track, all with American flags. That day, NASCAR and Dover provided extended pre-race ceremonies with Tanya Tucker signing “God Bless America” and Lee Greenwood performing “God Bless the USA.”

Mirror Driving: Tony the Tiger, The Quiet Fight (Kahne-Newman) & Dirty Deeds

Tony Stewart took home his first win of 2010 with just one race to go before points reset for the Chase. Does that give Stewart an advantage, with momentum on his side at Richmond and beyond… or would you rather be in someone like Kevin Harvick’s shoes, where Stewart was one year ago?

Mirror Driving: Setting the Chase, Kyle Busch’s Trifecta & Cutting Nationwide Purses

Kyle Busch set a NASCAR record at Bristol, becoming the first driver to win all three national touring races in a single weekend. Where exactly does this feat fit in to NASCAR history?

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