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Fan’s View: Safe Cars Are Not Supposed to Fly

One good thing came out of Sunday’s AMP Energy 500. Ryan Newman climbed out of his dinged, squashed and damaged No. 39 without any serious injury. That car – in all its ugly CoT-ness – kept its occupant in his seat, buckled in and safe while it sailed across Talladega’s backstretch. The larger greenhouse, even …

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Fan’s View: Last-Lap Caution Aside, Martinsville Delivered

Sunday’s Tums 500 at Martinsville Speedway by most measures was all that it could possibly be. Though I have often criticized the track for its one true racing groove that does not allow for true side-by-side racing and passing, the race was – at least by Martinsville standards – surprisingly clean and competitive. Unusually long …

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Fan’s View: Thumbs Up! Keeping Those Traditions Alive

Late night Saturday, I was pleased when my TiVo switched the channel to start recording the Knoxville Late Model Nationals. Many times I’ll find a race my little DVR has recorded while I wasn’t looking, which is awesome when you’re looking at infomercial purgatory. Anyway, I noticed this little raceway still did something I’ve missed …

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Fan’s View: NASCAR Needs to Shut Up & Let Them Race!

Ladies and Gentlemen, I’d like to introduce your Chasers for 2009. That’s right, just take a look at the top 10 of the race running right now, and you’re sure to see such stars as: Jimmie Johnson, Greg Biffle, Denny Hamlin, Juan Pablo Montoya, Brad Keselow… Hey, wait a minute! Keselowski! What are you doing …

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Fan’s View: Wishing Money Didn’t Make the World Go ‘Round

There’s something you notice when you go to the track – any track. It doesn’t happen when you park your car, apparently even the biggest and brightest facilities don’t bother landscaping the parking lots. But as soon as you approach the grandstands it stares you in the face. Either you’re looking at new pavement, bright …

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Fan’s View: The Question that is Getting Old in NASCAR

“Do you think it’s possible that somebody of Mark Martin’s age can win a Sprint Cup?” “Is it probable that someone as young as Joey Logano could win a Cup?” “Does your age give you an advantage over the younger racers?” “Are you willing to work with somebody much younger than you?” “Does your age …

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2009 Sylvania 300 at Loudon Race Recap

It’s not everyday somebody tries to hand you a giant lobster… Mark Martin in his No. 5 Chevy held out against a hard charging No. 42 driven by Juan Pablo Montoya during the final three-lap shootout to win the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Martin maintained his spot atop the Chase points standings …

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Fan’s View: That Couldn’t Have Been Team Orders, Could It?

During the closing laps of the Camping World 200, one thing was clear: Kevin Harvick and Ron Hornaday were not too happy with each other. Well, yes, they had been trading paint for the last 50 laps; that alone could explain the rubbin’ and bumpin’ during caution laps, especially for these two committed competitors. But …

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2009 Sylvania 300 at Loudon Happy Hour Recap

The drivers complained bitterly of chattering rear tires and everybody else complained of chattering teeth. A bitter wind driving down the backstretch belied the beautiful sunshine during the final practice session for the Cup cars Saturday morning. Juan Pablo Montoya, the polesitter for Sunday’s Sylvania 300, continued to be the class of the field with …

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