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Beside The Rising Tide: Remembering Davey Allison – Part 2

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Editor’s Note: For Part One of Matt’s retrospective on Davey Allison, click “here.”:https://frontstretch.com/mmclaughlin/34578/

Robert Yates Racing and the team’s talented young driver Davey Allison made their official debut at the 1989 Daytona 500. Things got off to an inauspicious start. Davey was running well when Geoff Bodine got into his rear bumper and sent the No. 28 car spinning. The car rolled, but came down on all four wheels, and Allison limped off to the pits, where the crew was able to repair the car well enough to get him back out there for points. Allison finished 25th in that year’s race.

NASCAR 101: Most Dominating Coca-Cola 600 Performances

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This weekend marks the 56th running of the Coca-Cola 600, or, for longtime fans of the sport, the World 600. The premise of the race when it first began was simple: pit man against machine. What would tire first: an overworked engine or a weary driver? 400 laps of exhausting wrestling of the steering wheel …

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The Earnhardt Legacy

Fans and critics alike are raving this week following Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s return to victory lane at Talladega Superspeedway. An emotional Earnhardt claimed that he felt the win – his sixth at Talladega – added to his father’s legacy. On this week 20 years ago, Dale Earnhardt himself was also adding to his legacy, scoring …

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The Critic’s Annex: Remembering Steve Byrnes

Let’s cut to the chase. This bites. It is never good to have to write about the passing of anyone. It’s tough enough to deal with the passing of pets, let alone human beings. As you all know by now, Steve Byrnes died on Tuesday after battling cancer for much of the past couple of …

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Professor of Speed: Where Have All the NASCAR Legends Gone?

So I’m in the checkout line at my local grocery store. It’s the day before a major national holiday and the place is teeming with rushed shoppers. I looked over the pile of goods on the conveyor belt and matched it against my list when I noticed a smiling Dale Earnhardt Jr. near the end …

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No Longer “Intimidating:” In the Blink of an Eye Further Devaluation of NASCAR’s Past & Present

The first nine laps of NASCAR racing I ever sat down to watch happened to be the final nine laps of the 2001 Daytona 500. I don’t remember why it ended up on our TV that day, but my dad and I ended up watching Michael Waltrip take the checkered flag as a wreck ensued …

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2010 NASCAR Cup Showdown Brings Back Memories of Yesterday & Hopefully New Ones Tomorrow

The 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup will be decided between three drivers this Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, in what is being billed by some as the closest title fight in history; even though it really isn’t. The Chase this year has been remarkable, if only for Jimmie Johnson being kept in check for the first time …

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