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Fan’s View: How Much NASCAR Is Too Much? Thoughts of Losing SPEED Channel

Back in the day, I turned on the brand-new cable box on top of the big-screen TV and discovered TNN and ESPN. I studied all week long, but looked forward to Sunday afternoons when stock cars battled around the storied ovals such as North Wilkesboro and Rockingham. Coverage didn’t include much pre-race, kind of a …

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Fan’s View: Baring It All in NASCAR – How Much Is Too Much?

Jimmie Johnson smiled in victory lane at Kansas. Carl Edwards cheered about his fifth-place finish. Austin Dillon seemed pleased overall with his 26th-place debut. In fact, for the most part, Sunday’s race was rather pleasant — as long as you discounted the mind-numbing parade that we called racing. But that was Sunday, and appropriately Kansas. …

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Fan’s View: An Angry Kurt Busch Might Be Just What NASCAR Needs

Much has been said of late regarding the effectiveness of a certain team’s ability to put a fast car under its driver. Not much of this talk has been positive, especially when said driver Kurt Busch was speaking. And yet, look at who pulled into victory lane this Sunday. That No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge managed …

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Fan’s View: Now Introducing Your Not Favorite NASCAR Driver

Forty-three cars lined the frontstretch of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The pace car sat at the front of the field, lights flashing. Ken Squier’s mellow tones filled the stands as he listed the accomplishments of each individual — each one a champion in their own right, invited to this race on their laurels. And every …

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Fan’s View: Everybody Loves a Mystery – Who is Going to Win NASCAR’s Sprint Cup in 2011?

This is gonna be fun. For the first time since the inception of the Chase format, I am actually looking forward to the final 10 races of the season. Why, you ask? Well, can you tell me who is gonna win the whole shebang? No? Neither can I, and that is a beautiful thing. Despite …

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Fan’s View: Blind Corners Another No-No NASCAR Must Fix

“More Drivers Die in the Month of August” The headline in the local paper barely caught my eye, as it had all the panic I associate with pointless statistics and surveys. More people on vacation, drinking with friends, and traversing unknown roads results in — drum roll please — more fatalities on the highways. Complacency …

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