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Turner’s Take: History Proves Shootout Success Means Nothing

Winning the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway can be a nice shot in the arm for a NASCAR Sprint Cup driver and team as they prepare for the real start of the season eight days later. If nothing else, a victory in the 75-lap exhibition event builds confidence for the next weekend’s Daytona 500, …

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2010 Season Preview: Is Lance McGrew the Answer for Earnhardt?

Today’s Season Preview Topic: Dale Earnhardt Jr. is coming off the worst year of his career, but kept Lance McGrew as his crew chief. Was that the right move, and was McGrew’s bold prediction of making the Chase the right thing for a man whose struggled with confidence since moving over to Hendrick?

2009: The Year That Wuz, Part II

I think Mark Martin has either retired, semi-retired or threatened to retire more times than Tommy Smothers. But this year, he was firmly committed to running a full season and even competing for that elusive championship at age 50. Martin did, in fact, win five races and made a valid and competitive drive for the title.

2009: The Year That Wuz, Part I

The ponderous, clanking, larger than life beast that was the 2009 NASCAR season finally stumbled across the finish line at Homestead, completing its nine month marathon. By that point, it was smoking badly, listing to port and shedding parts like a leper on a trampoline; but somehow it did complete the marathon. Some folks tuned …

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Did You Notice? Big Brother Gets to Keselowski, Marlin’s “Sterling” Career & No Championship Talk (Promise!)

Did You Notice? That with only one week left to go in the season, there’s plenty more to focus on than just the championship. Continuing the theme I had last week, let’s look at some small knickknacks people might have forgotten about with Jimmie Johnson mania on overload. That’s right, it’s time to actually adhere …

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Mirror Driving: Judging History… For Hornaday?, McGrew’s McMess & Fixing Feuds

Jimmie Johnson is now on the cusp of history at Homestead, needing only to stroke it and post a 25th-place finish to clinch. Looking back over this year’s Chase, is there any type of format that would have guaranteed a closer finish during these playoffs?

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix Edition

As the sun sets on the 2009 Sprint Cup season many unknowns float around the garage, such as the destinations of free agent drivers, the future of unsponsored teams, and the next step for the dozens that already have been laid off from race teams, or soon will be. One question that seems answered already …

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Bowles-Eye View: Want To Stop Hendrick? Here’s 5 Ways To Do It

In his 25th year in Sprint Cup, Rick Hendrick hasn’t just reached the peak of his sport… he’s carving a new mountain upon which all others must climb. With just one week left in 2009, his driver Jimmie Johnson stands poised to win a fourth straight title, with team cars Mark Martin second and Jeff …

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