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Beating And Banging At Its Best: NASCAR’s Five Greatest Bristol Finishes

It’s a question us journalists hear all the time – especially after the three-week swing of racing at Fontana, Las Vegas, and Atlanta. If I had to count up all the random emails in my inbox from fans this month, hidden somewhere in between “Why don’t you treat Junior more fairly” and “you suck because of A, B, and C” is a basic complaint about NASCAR’s “cookie cutter” racing facilities, ending with, “Why can’t the sport build more tracks like the one they have in Bristol?” I hear you, guys … I hear you loud and clear.

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Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: Are NASCAR Broadcasters Getting Too Impartial?

Last week, former NBA star and current ABC/ESPN analyst, Brad Daugherty, announced that his fledgling Cup team has formed a “technical alliance” with Michael Waltrip Racing. The JTG car, to be piloted by Marcos Ambrose and sponsored by Little Debbie, will naturally field Toyotas as a result. I wish all involved the best in this new endeavor. Certainly, Daugherty faces a daunting task getting his new team up to speed for the Cup Series, and I wish him more success than some other athletes from the stick and ball sports who have attempted the same with limited results. He's off to a good start with a driver, at least: Ambrose is both a talented and likeable guy who'll serve him well. But what bothers me instead is yet another TV “journalist” is getting paid to comment on and analyze races, while also accepting checks from a sponsor and manufacturer who he’ll have a chance to promote during his time on the air to the exclusion of others.

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Did You Notice? Petty’s Like Waltrip, Drivers Get Paid Too Much, And Parity’s Lost

*Did You Notice?* … That the way Kyle Petty’s career is ending is very reminiscent of … Darrell Waltrip? Before I covered this sport through TV and print, I made no secret of the fact Waltrip was my favorite driver. His fall from grace in the years leading up to retirement (save for a few races in ’98 with DEI) was painful to watch, especially for a kid that idolized him growing up. During that rough stretch, there’s an article I read from motorsports writer Bones Bourcier that I’ll always treasure.

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Drivers I Never Got To See, But Wish I Had

My first week in the States, I watched a "Beyond the Glory" program which focused on NFL quarterback Kurt Warner. Not knowing his story — remember, I’m a transplanted Brit — I was mesmerized by Warner’s meteoric rise from shelf stacker to Super Bowl MVP. Whether you like the guy or not, it would be churlish to deny his is an incredible "against all odds" tale — the very sort that makes sport so compelling to all of us. After coming so late (and so fast) into NASCAR, one of the most enjoyable parts of learning the sport has been researching the history of drivers and teams long past. Already through this column, I’ve exchanged email with a man whose father took him to the very earliest races on Daytona Beach -- a reminder that the sport's beginnings are still not forgotten 60 years after NASCAR began in 1948. I’ve learned quickly that there are many legendary drivers I’ve already missed out on, and so many stories that have already played out.

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Driven to the Past: Darrell Waltrip

I first met Darrell Waltrip when he was still in his teens, racing on Sunday evenings at Kentucky Motor Speedway near Whitesville. A bunch from Louisville used to go down there every weekend, and, when I didn't have to be somewhere else with ARCA, I went with them. It was pretty obvious even then that the kid had a lot of talent, along with a ton of ambition. One night when he crashed his own car--the result of a blown engine, if I recall correctly, he ended up in the backup car of a guy named P.B. Crowell from Franklin, Tenn. P.B. had two 1955 Chevrolets when I first started going down there but by this time had updated to 1964 Chevelles. When he mentioned that he had offered the second car to Darrell, he wondered out loud if it had been a good idea. My response was that he was going to find out just how fast that car would go, but there was a chance he could get it back in a bucket.

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Driven To The Past: When Darrell Waltrip Was The One Missing A Part

Had one of those moments on Friday when you suddenly remember something that happened 20 or 30 years ago, and connect it with what was just said. Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, and Larry McReynolds were talking about the fact that chrome wheels aren't allowed in NASCAR competition, with DW explaining that his brother's wheels had a powder coating and weren't really chrome. He added the next day that Michael planned to use gold wheels for the 50th anniversary Daytona 500.

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Scraping Up Respect For A NASCAR Champion, And Other Atlanta Odds ‘N’ Ends

As the smoke cleared from a wild and wacky Atlanta finish, I noticed a great story buried amongst the rubble of torn up tires, terrifying restarts, and tough luck for about a dozen drivers that should have won the race. So, instead of turning towards the mayhem, my eyes drifted instead to a man that had avoided any such chaos, driving with his head to quietly come home in 19th place. What's so special about 19th, you ask? For most of the Chasers, that would be a pathetic performance capable of giving them heartburn. For Dale Jarrett, it's what you call your best finish of 2007.

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A Winner In Any Era – Driven To The Past: Darrell Waltrip

Darrell Waltrip is known by all race fans and casual viewers alike, as the jovial anchor for Fox Sports' NASCAR coverage. Since 2001, we've all become familiar with his trademark phrase "Boogity, Boogity, Boogity.....Let's Go Racin', Boys!!!" He has also developed his own language, 'splainin' to us the difference between loose and tight, the practice of working together while trying to win for yourself (coopetition), cars named "Bertha", and he has also been known to break out into song. What many fans who have only started following the sport don't know is just how successful Darrell Waltrip was as a driver. He is often introduced as "3-time Champion, Darrell Waltrip", but with today's Chase format, it's hard to appreciate just how much he has accomplished.

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