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No Bull: 3 Rivalries That NASCAR Needs in 2011

Outside of the Chase for the Championship drama, the end of the 2010 NASCAR season was pretty entertaining. Drivers certainly ‘had at it’ (isn’t that the most overplayed quote of the year), but now have more than 80 days to cool off before the unofficial start of the 2011 season. Here’s some rivalries that need …

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No Bull: Hold On, Who’s Winning the Points Race? Does Denny Hamlin Know It?

If you were watching Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Phoenix as a newbie or casual fan with no knowledge of how the 2010 Chase is going, you would have thought that Denny Hamlin‘s 12th-place finish knocked him out of title contention. Not the case. Hamlin has a 15-point lead over Jimmie Johnson. Let me repeat …

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No Bull: Did Kevin Harvick Say What Everyone Was Thinking?

Did Kevin Harvick utter what every NASCAR fan is thinking after Sunday’s race at Talladega? “No offense to [Jimmie Johnson], but somebody else needs to win,” Harvick said. Johnson, who was sitting next to Harvick, replied: “Says who?” Says everybody who’s not a fan of the No. 48 team. “Everybody but them wants somebody else …

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No Bull: Is the ISC/IndyCar Divorce a Warning Shot to NASCAR?

Odds are you weren’t paying attention to the Izod IndyCar Series schedule announcement on Friday. Don’t feel bad about it; after all, what they announced was equivalent of a “rough draft” of sorts that wasn’t even complete, one date short of the 17 that will comprise a revamped 2011 version of their racing lineup.

The only people that were paying attention at the time were series die-hards, and at this point, that seems to be all that make up the tiny open-wheel racing fan base these days. The television contract with _Versus_ — which has several years left — has knocked the series out of the public consciousness for all but a few weeks in May, and if everyone’s favorite driver leaves for the big, bad waters of NASCAR, who knows where the IndyCar Series could end up in the short-term? Racing on the Comcast-owned channel has averaged a rating of less than 1.0 _with_ her in the lineup; compare that to NASCAR, where the “AAA” Nationwide Series routinely gets more viewership each week.

No Bull: Is Tony Stewart Now the Man to Beat?

Given his performance over the middle portion of the summer schedule, it was only a matter of time before Tony Stewart reached victory lane. Well, the clock finally ran out on Smoke’s 31-race winless drought Sunday; he dominated the Emory Healthcare 500, leading 176 laps and coming from behind late to wind up holding the …

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No Bull: Short-Term Gain for Long-Term Pain With NASCAR’s Newest CoT

Let me get this much out of the way: The new NASCAR Nationwide cars look awesome. The sight of Brad Keselowski‘s Dodge Challenger invokes images of the past while looking like a true muscle car – certainly something that can’t be said of the Impala and Camry. (Chevrolet admitted last weekend that the Camaro won’t …

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