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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Avoids the Big One, Makes Big Last-Lap Pass At Talladega

Who’s in the headline Restrictor plate racetracks are always the great equalizer. This weekend, Talladega Superspeedway’s parity roulette wheel landed on the name Ricky Stenhouse Jr. It wasn’t a shock Stenhouse was able to make it to Victory Lane Sunday, in large part because he had the fastest car in qualifying …

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Ty & Austin Dillon Quickest in Pair of 2015 Buckle Up 200 Practices at Dover

It didn’t take too long for Ty Dillon to follow in his brother’s footsteps. After Austin Dillon dominated the weekend at Charlotte, Ty was quickest in the opening practice for the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Dover. Dillon’s No. 3 car set a time of 22.780 seconds (158.033 mph) on his eighth …

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Thee Dixon, First Modern Era African American NASCAR Team Owner, Passes at 76

Thee Carlin Dixon, the first modern era African American team owner in NASCAR, passed away on Feb. 20, 2015. He was 76 years old. Born on Oct. 30, 1938, Dixon was a member of the U.S. Army before transitioning to civilian life. His company, Mansion Decorators, was well-known across the …

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Fanning the Flames: A Silly Season Like No Other

Recently I’ve had quite a few questions sent my way in regards to a Silly Season like no other. This one is centered not on driver movement, but on shifts (seismic shifts, at that) in the manufacturer and organizational landscapes. I have chosen not to address many of these inquiries for one simple reason: The same rumor mill churned out a hundred “can’t miss” sources that knew where Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was heading following his announcement to leave DEI in May 2007. Roughly 99 of those were wrong. I’ve talked to a lot of people over the past few weeks about everything from Keselowski to Kahne to Richard Petty to Richard Childress … and everything in between. And during that time, I’ve gotten more confused than straightened out. Again, 99 out of a hundred.

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Fanning the Flames: NASCAR’s Trifecta Of Current Events

*Matt, my question is what is the big deal about the NEW restart? I may be a little on the old age side, but I remember that was the way it was in the old days of NASCAR or any racing for that matter. You lined up in your position in the race at any restart and just received credit for the laps actually run past the start finish line. Did I miss something, or do not understand the restart procedure?* *A:* The difference is there are no longer cars one-lap down (or more) lined up to the inside of the leaders. Instead, the lead-lap machines will line up two-by-two (as opposed to single-file) like you’d see at the start of the race. The lapped cars now line up behind the lead-lap cars. “We’ve heard the fans loud and clear,” Brian France told us last week. “‘Double-file restarts – shootout style’ are coming to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series!” Jeez, you want a medal or something?

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Desperate Men Doing Desperate Things: NASCAR’s Actions Speak Volumes About The State of The Sport

William Shakespeare is quoted as having said, “Tempt not a desperate man.” During the last few weeks, it has become apparent to me that he must have been a NASCAR fan. We’ve all read similar columns and stories about our sport this year. They all start out the same way: bemoaning the state of the economy, how horrible everything is, and the impending doom that can be seen on the not too distant horizon -- just like Sarah Connor in the beginning of _Terminator 2_.

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