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Kyle Petty Finds ‘Another Chapter’ of Life with Return of Music Career & Charity Ride

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Kyle Petty may have driven his final NASCAR race 13 years ago, but he’s just as busy as ever.  In fact, Petty’s in the midst of one of his biggest years professionally. In addition to returning as an analyst for NASCAR on NBC and host of Coffee With Kyle, he started another show for the …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Grading TNT’s 2010 Season – How to Fix Some Glaring Issues

Hello, race fans. I bet you missed our weekly critique last week. I did, too, and I’m the one who writes the piece. My week of Frontstretch coverage at Daytona was interesting, filled with plenty of personal highlights for me as it was my first time at that famous track. In case you missed it, …

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Dialing It In: Richard Petty Offers Example NASCAR Needs

In NASCAR, Richard Petty is a king among men. His statistics are staggering, his understanding of the sport helped it grow and his relationship with the fans molded the way drivers would interact with their supporters for years to come. Coming up through the ranks, anyone that wanted to be in NASCAR looked to Petty …

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Mirror Driving: Too Much Teamwork?, Curbing NASCAR Criticism & A Tall Order for Townley

A lap 3 crash at Texas changed the championship picture dramatically this week, as leader Jimmie Johnson lost over 100 points of the margin he carried into the race. Did Johnson lose his edge, or did Texas simply draw out what should be a foregone conclusion?

Beyond the Cockpit: Kyle Petty Still Victory Junction’s “Driving” Force… Just on 2 Wheels

It’s been 11 months since we last saw Kyle Petty step behind the wheel of a Sprint Cup car, finishing 39th at Phoenix in his 829th (and possibly final) Sprint Cup start. Three months later, he was out of any management role at Petty Enterprises, a merger with Gillett Evernham all but ending his attachment …

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Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: Let the Games Start

It’s hard to imagine the Cup season could begin in an environment so different than it did just a year ago. This nation is well and truly trapped in the depths of an economic recession that has altered the American Dream like nothing since the Great Depression. I vow here and now not to dwell too much on the economy in my columns. I know just about all of you are enduring the same things my friends and family are going through, and spending plenty of sleepless nights as a result. I know race fans turn to races for a few hours of respite from the gloom, and read these columns hoping for an occasional insight or chuckle served up amongst the usual tidal wave of cynicism and truly tortured analogies. I pledge to try to entertain you… but I do not live in a vacuum.

2008 Driver Review: Kyle Petty

Depending on what you believe, Petty’s Cup career may be far from over after all. The LATEST rumor, as of January 2nd, was that E&M Motorsports would field Kyle in the No. 08 Dodge in as many as 14 races – with Wells Fargo as a sponsor. That, however, has been denied, with multiple sources saying nothing’s been signed for 2009 as of yet.

Voices from the Heartland: With the Season Over, I Leave You with a Few Parting Thoughts & Shots

Let’s start with Jimmie Johnson. While I refuse to compare Jimmie to Cale Yarborough, for the two are incomparable, it is at this time that I formally congratulate Jimmie Johnson for winning three Cups in a row… Sprint Cups that is, not Winston Cups, for they too are incomparable.

Bowles-Eye View: Out with the Old, In with the Who?

For so many millions of us, favorite athletes become so much more. Role models for our kids, our communities, ourselves; they’re put on a pedestal of success we can only wish to achieve. Through them, we choose to live our wildest dreams, placed in a fantasy world in which a larger-than-life persona can show us the joys of perfection. Every once in a while, we get lucky in love, and the dream never dies. Our idols leave the sport we love at the top of their game, and we’re allowed to remember the end just the way we want it – like a fairy tale. But more often, the bubble bursts and we find out the truth – that these drivers we worship are human, too, unable to fend off the inevitability of age and time. And that makes it so much harder when you see their careers come crashing down.

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