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Friday Faceoff: What’s the Best Strategy to Survive Talladega?

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1. With the final plate race at Talladega Superspeedway looming, what is the best strategy for the playoff contenders?  Zach Gillispie:  The plate races are always chaotic and full of unknowns. In the previous format (before stage racing), we saw several playoff drivers ride in the back and have favorable results. But this was back …

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Beside the Rising Tide: NASCAR’s Blue Plate Special

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There’s a place in nearly every small town across America, or at least there still was during those years I was making a somewhat feeble attempt at growing up. In our town, it was the local Wawa, which is sort of like a 7-Eleven for people in the Philly area other than the coffee doesn’t …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Random Notes on the ROVAL


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If you’re old enough that you hear the term “anticipation” and you still think Carly Simon and not catsup the lead up to Sunday’s ROVAL race probably had you whistling that old hit single. As I noted last week there was a whole lot of hype leading up to the Cup series first race on …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Now, For Something Completely Different – A ROVAL

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Be careful what you wish for… you just might get it, or so I’m told. After all, when you asked your parents for a pony, you didn’t specify you wanted a pet you could ride, not a freezer full of equine meat with a little belled collar added for irony. When you told your dad …

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Beside the Rising Tide: A Brand-New NASCAR

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While I’m hardly prehistoric, this old world of ours is, in fact, a very different place than where I grew up. Thanks to my lifelong fascination with fast, loud cars, I recall back in the days when car makers released new or improved car models in September. Back then, there was great public interest to …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard

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The Key Moment Denny Hamlin took the lead from Clint Bowyer by pitting two laps earlier than the No. 14. He seemed to have the car to beat Bowyer when a pair of backmarkers, Landon Cassill and Jeffrey Earnhardt, wrecked with six laps to go and bought out a caution. Brad Keselowski was able to …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Texas Two-Step Treading on Toes


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Don’t you hate when that happens? There’s two events you’re eager to participate in and they invariably end up scheduled for the same date and time. For years I’ve dealt with that issue with one of my sister’s birthday parties falling on or around the same day as the Daytona 500. My saving grace is …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Just Walk Away, Renee

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Kasey Kahne’s decision to retire Thursday (Aug. 16) from full-time NASCAR Cup Series racing took me by complete surprise. It is perhaps overstating the moment to say it sent shockwaves through the sport. But at very least, it sent large ripples across a pool of eligible drivers trying to make or remain within NASCAR’s elusive …

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Beside the Rising Tide: The Most Wonderful Night of the Year

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Author’s Note: Monday marked the 29th Anniversary of Tim Richmond’s death. Thus there is an entire generation of new fans who never got to see Richmond’s artistry at the wheel on the road courses or his epic Southern 500 win on a rain slick track in Darlington in 1986, perhaps the most masterful bit of …

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Beside the Rising Tide: NASCAR, How The Mighty Have Fallen

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BRIAN FRANCE NEWS Some of you will be surprised that I didn’t write an acerbic column this week discussing Brian France’s arrest for both a DWI and drug possession in Sag Harbor, N.Y. over the weekend. While my personal disdain for France remains high, frustration from what I’ve termed his “reign of terror” since taking …

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