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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Announces Retirement Following 2017 Season

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Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR’s 14-time Most Popular Driver, is retiring following the 2017 season. Hendrick Motorsports announced the decision Tuesday morning, shortly after Earnhardt himself addressed his No. 88 team with the news. A press conference will be held later this afternoon with Earnhardt and team principals. Health has become a major question mark for …

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5 Points to Ponder: Should Kyle Larson Feel Good or Bad About 2017?

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ONE: Pit Road Speeding During the first 300 laps at Bristol Motor Speedway, not a single Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver got busted for speeding. The pits were so tame, the only major incident was a commitment line violation by rookie Gray Gaulding. If that name’s your front page headline, after answering the obvious question of “Who’s that?” …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NASCAR Fans Needed FOX Sports GO For Bristol

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Rain screws up race weekends.  Simple as that.  You should see the e-mail string that goes out when a Cup race gets postponed.  As a result of Sunday’s deluge, Monday’s Food City 500 took place while I was at work.  Naturally, that causes problems. Food City 500 Now, let’s not freak out.  Yes, the race …

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Bad Luck Bites Dale Earnhardt Jr. Again at Bristol

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Before halfway way in Monday’s rain-postponed Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, the day was done for Dale Earnhardt Jr. Pounding the wall on a lap 218 restart, Earnhardt suffered an oil system issue in his No. 88 Chevrolet. The malfunction came on a day where Earnhardt was struggling from the start. “We broke …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Makes Texas Look Good … Early On

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Prior to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series tackled the revamped Texas Motor Speedway.  The race itself turned out to be a little better than everyone thought it would be. Prior to the race starting, Jamie Little conducted a one-on-one interview in the coach lot with Jimmie Johnson. …

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. to Sport Philadelphia Eagles Colors at Pocono

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It is rare to see Dale Earnhardt Jr., a longtime Washington Redskins fan, donning the colors of the Philadelphia Eagles, but the exception will be at Pocono Raceway this June. Earnhardt’s No. 88 Chevrolet will feature the Eagles’ team colors for the Pocono 400 on June 11, Hendrick Motorsports announced in a press release April …

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5 Points to Ponder: The Misery of Finishing Second

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ONE: Empty Seats As good as the racing was at NASCAR’s oldest, slowest, smallest track this past Sunday wasn’t it a shame to see great swathes of empty seats? If a track that is pretty much guaranteed to see excellent on-track action is struggling to fill the grandstands what hope is there for some of …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not In NASCAR: Short Track, Shorter Tempers Edition

NASCAR Brad Keselowski Kyle Busch

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Sunday we got a reminder of what it is like to see racing at a non-cookie cutter track, one that has personality like Martinsville does. And what happens when you race at a track with an attitude, is that you get to see the attitudes of the drivers due to many circumstances. It seems the …

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Did You Notice? … NASCAR’s Old Dogs Not Learning New Tricks

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Did You Notice? … The sport’s oldest drivers are the ones having the hardest transition into NASCAR’s new point system? Matt Kenseth (45), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (42), and Jimmie Johnson (41) are the three oldest competing full-time. (Sorry, Derrike Cope. 1990 was a loooong time ago.) The trio, despite being competitive at times has come up …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kyle Larson Takes Final Step to Second Career Victory at Fontana

2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, CA USA Sunday 26 March 2017 Kyle Larson celebrates his win in Victory Lane World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade/NKP

Who’s in the headline – Kyle Larson had been knocking on the door of a second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win all season with three consecutive second-place finishes. He took the final step Sunday after winning the pole on Friday. Larson won the first stage, finished second in the second stage, led the most …

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