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Walking Through the Backyards of NASCAR: Nothing Beats It

A couple weeks ago we jumped forward into Spring. The days are brighter, the snow is attempting to melt and we don’t have to don the sub-zero parka to take out the trash. It’s happening! Warmer times are coming! Perhaps the happiest indication of approaching sunny days is the opening of the short track season …

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Breaking the Rulebook: The Unintended Challenge NASCAR Created

It’s six races into the Sprint Cup Series season. Five teams have locked themselves into the great lottery known as The Chase. There are 20 competitions left for us to determine which 11 other drivers might join the winners in the most lucrative part of the year. Right now we’re missing a long list of top guns …

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Sprint Cup Champion Martin Truex Jr? Well, Why Not?

What about that Martin Truex Jr.? I know the points don’t mean anything when we’re lining up the awards ceremony at the end of the year, but after seven races he’s looking mighty stout with all those top 10 finishes and running behind only Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano in the standings. We’ve run on …

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The Ups and Downs of Bristol

“And the leader comes down out of Four…”   All through any broadcast from Bristol, you hear the catch phrases that often include words like up, down, climbing, dropping. They mention how you’re in the Smoky Mountains, but racing in Thunder Valley. It’s a continuous use of opposite comparatives. But what is true when we …

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Kyle Busch Ready to Win and Dover’s Dwindling Seats

Sometimes not a whole lot happens during a race. Sunday’s running of the Autism Speaks 400 was a fine example of such a Sunday pastime. For 400 laps we watched the usual cast of characters spin around in circles with a fairly expected outcome to the end of the day: Jimmie Johnson hoisting a trophy …

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Red Light, Green Light–Everybody Loses During XFINITY Race

NASCAR did a good thing this year. They leveled the playing field regarding the issuing of pit road penalties with the inception of their new-fangled PRO officiating system they have used at all Sprint Cup events in 2015. The combination of cameras and motion technology manage to enforce rules making sure pit road crews don’t enter the …

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Turning Right: Not Something We See Everyday in NASCAR

It’s not every day that we see the No. 19 exit a corner, become airborne, and fly directly into the door of the No. 55. That’s probably a good thing when we stop and think about it. A stock car has no stabilizers or rudders that deploy when they take flight. There’s just no knowing …

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The Lady In Black Cast Some Magic on Sunday Night

No doubt about it, the Southern 500 was a magical night.   From the Hall of Famer’s riding around the track with current stars, to the NBC sound clip, to Ken Squier and the Jarrett boys calling more than a few laps, so much gathered together to make it possibly the best day of racing …

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Gordon is in The Chase, But Will He Find a Win in 2015?

The Chase for the Sprint Cup is set. (insert disinterested cheers here) We’ve got our line-up. Some drivers like Sunday’s winner Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson have fought the good fight throughout the season and are ranked at the top of the new chart. Kyle Busch refused to let a little thing like a compound …

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