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Voice Of Vito: Can Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dominate One Last Time At ‘Dega?

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Consistency or Conspiracy with NASCAR No-Call? Heading into Talladega this weekend, there are three big storylines: the last ride for Dale Earnhardt Jr. at his most successful track, can Ricky Stenhouse Jr. sweep Talladega and make it into the next round of the playoffs, and is there an underdog who can come from relative obscurity …

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Voice of Vito: Reflections on Richmond, Sponsor Drama & Danica Patrick’s Future

(Photo: Mike Neff)

If you were looking for some late-season NASCAR drama, you got it dumped over your head in bucketfuls this week. From ambulances gone awry to calling out the sanctioning body for the timing of caution flags to CEOs spouting off about the icon of icons in motorsports, it was the type of perpetuating storyline that …

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Voice of Vito: Toyotas Vs. Tires

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There was a lot of politicking at Michigan International Speedway last weekend, reminiscent of the 1990s and early 2000s back and forth among the manufacturers. The rumor was that NASCAR was planning on taking cars to the wind tunnel after the race, as it is the final intermediate track race, which make up the majority …

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Voice of Vito: Knowing When To Fold ‘Em and Top NASCAR Silly Season Rides Revisited for 2018

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Chasing Amy Following the unveiling of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Darlington throwback scheme on Tuesday, Junior Nation was at odds with one another, as well as an Earnhardt. What, they didn’t dig the AC Delco scheme that Junior piloted to two consecutive titles in 1998 and 1999? Sorry, wrong Earnhardt. It’s actually Dale Jr.’s wife, Amy, enduring …

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Voice of Vito: Injustice in XFINITY

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Taking Candy from a Baby – with a Bat Denny Hamlin’s last-lap battle with William Byron to win the NASCAR XFINITY Series’ Irish Hills 250 Saturday at Michigan International Speedway, was yet another checkmark next to the growing list of reasons of why Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers competing in the lower-tier XFINITY and …

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Voice of Vito: Defending, Making Sense of Danica Patrick’s Post-Wreck Pouting

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NASCAR, like most sports, has had its share of polarizing personalities over the last few years. They typically are welcomed to the sport with open arms by fans and those within the sport, championing a new fresh face that can upset the current guard and maybe become the next household name. Back in the day …

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Voice of Vito: NASCAR Becoming Detrimental to Stock Car Racing

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Let’s dispense with the typical flowery introduction or using irrelevant song lyrics to frame a story. Instead, as a break from what has become the norm in NASCAR, let’s speak with consistency and clarity: NASCAR’s actions governing their sport the past three weeks are detrimental to stock car racing. Tuesday afternoon, NASCAR suspended Matt Kenseth …

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Voice of Vito: Daytona Rising… to the Challenge?

Austin Dillon's car goes airbornin a last-lap crash at Daytona in the Coke Zero 400

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By now we’ve all seen the harrowing television footage, YouTube clips, Vines and Instagram loops of Austin Dillon’s and fans’ brush with mortality in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona. In the wee hours of Monday morning, following a four-hour rain delay, NASCAR once again whistled past the graveyard of both drivers and fans being …

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Voice of Vito: Stewart-Harvick Pit Crew Swap High-Risk Operation

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With the news Tuesday that Stewart-Haas Racing has elected to swap the pit crews of Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart, it confirmed two things: a squeaky wheel gets you grease, and SHR is serious about capturing its second championship in four seasons. Some traditionalists might balk at the notion, as this move occurs on the …

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Voice of Vito: Scouting Championship Scenarios in Pre-Chase Preview

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Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway will mark the final event of the 26-week regular season and set the stage for the latest iteration of NASCAR’s Chase playoff system. It’s been 10 years and four championship scenarios now, of heading into RIR the first weekend of September to see who’s in …

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