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Racing at the Beach: Curses Are Broken, 1994-2000

When the Winston Cup crews arrived at Daytona for the kick off event of the 1994 season, one of the track's favorite sons had been lost. Davey Allison, who had been part of those memorable finishes of 1988 and 1992, had lost his life in a helicopter accident the previous summer. Ernie Irvan had signed on to drive the Havoline Ford, Davey made famous, leaving the Morgan-McClure team that had helped him claim the 1991 Daytona 500.

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Racing at the Beach: Earnhardt Tries His Best & Comes Up Short, 1990-93

Dale Earnhardt must have felt his blood pressure rise whenever he recalled the Daytona 500 of 1990, and who can blame him? For another driver, though, it was the high point of his career altogether. Ken Schrader won the pole position for the third straight year, continuing his streak of every event since the restrictor plate was reintroduced at Daytona. Schrader's luck turned bad in the first qualifier, however, as a last lap crash wiped out the car and forced Schrader to a backup.

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: DEI’s Impossible Dream

When Dale Earnhardt Jr. told the racing world on Wednesday that he wants majority interest in DEI, it brought to a head a contract-and life-dispute that has likely been brewing far longer than most of us know. Six years after the death of Dale Earnhardt, the empire is as big as it ever was - three Nextel Cup entries in the stable, the most popular driver in Dale Jr., the race results improving every week of last season. But has DEI traveled the road that Earnhardt had envisioned?

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Racing at the Beach: Out with the Old and In with the New, 1986-1990

For Dale Earnhardt fans, the 1986 Daytona 500 is one of the "big ones that got away." Earnhardt had a strong week, but the bad luck at Daytona he shared with Darrell Waltrip and Buddy Baker reared its ugly head again. After the way he had dominated the '85 Daytona 500, Bill Elliott was a heavy favorite that year. He didn't disappoint anyone on pole day either, claiming the pole for the race at over 205 mph for the second year in a row. "Hoo-Ray" hollered the Elliott fans.

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Best of Tommy Thompson: All Is Well Over At Richard Childress Racing

Not much more than a year ago, the state of wellness at Richard Childress Racing (RCR) had become a legitimate concern. The Cup teams were languishing in points and its premier driver, Kevin Harvick, was rumored to be ready to flee the organization. Richard Childress, despite being a six-time owners' champion, was a man who had seemed to have his best days behind him in as much as being a competitive NASCAR team owner was concerned.

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Best of Turn 5: It’s Junior, Not Senior

There you go. Dale Earnhardt Jr. said the unpleasant incident wasn't intentional, and there is no reason to believe otherwise. Anytime a driver with a reputation for racing clean says that he did not make contact intentionally with another car, that driver's explanation should be taken at face value considering his established history. And make no mistake; Earnhardt Jr. is one of the "clean drivers" in the sport.

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Voices from the Heartland: Time IS Ripe For a Racing Revolution

It is no secret that in the eyes of NASCAR, the racing game is NOT a democracy. It purely is, and most always has been, an outright dictatorship. Throughout the course of history, such dictatorships have their peak... and then, inevitably, a tragic downfall. Recent happenings have me thinking a downfall is close at hand.

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