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Did You Notice? … Ford’s Future Prospects, Experience Helps & NASCAR Quick Hits

Did You Notice? … Ford’s future prospects were hanging on 70-something-aged owners? That’s the backbone to me of Thursday’s surprise announcement Stewart-Haas Racing would be switching to Ford in 2017. The four-car team will finally break away from its partnership with Hendrick Motorsports, shifting over to the Blue Oval camp while receiving engines from Roush Yates. The …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2016 Daytona 500

Who’s in the headline – Denny Hamlin put a stamp on his Daytona Speedweeks with his second triumph in three races Sunday. Hamlin beat Martin Truex Jr. to the line with a scintillating run that resulted in the closest finish in the history of the Daytona 500. Hamlin was the dominant car for much of …

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4 Burning Questions: With Tony Stewart Out, Who Is Daytona’s Sentimental Favorite?

Zach Catanzareti takes a look at the four most important storylines entering Sunday’s Daytona 500: 1. WHAT TEAM WILL GEL BEST ON SUNDAY? Contrary to some popular beliefs, you must have friends to compete in plate racing. Without them – as seen in Saturday night’s Sprint Unlimited – you’ll go nowhere. Approaching 2016, the big …

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Ty Dillon in Talks to Sub for Tony Stewart

Could Ty Dillon be the replacement driver for Tony Stewart in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series while the three-time champion recovers from injury? Though Dillon’s name has been bandied about as a potential fill-in driving the No. 14 after the Daytona 500, an official announcement has not been made — though Dillon confirmed Tuesday at …

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NASCAR’s Changing Of The Guard Is Near

(Photo: Mike Neff)

Your 30s are an interesting time. Marriage, kids, and moving up in the working world all put increasing demands on the need to become an adult but there’s also a yearning to stay young. Suddenly, you want that guy at the bar to check your ID and think it’s fake. Those Saturday nights your group …

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Beside the Rising Tide: There’s a Rule to Every Exception

Hopefully over the next few days the busiest guy in Daytona will get a few hours off to catch his breath. No I’m not talking about Alan Gustafson, who prepped Chase Elliott’s car well enough to claim the pole with a rookie driver at the helm. Nor am I talking about the various team’s body-men …

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Five Points to Ponder: The Great American Race

ONE: The Winter’s Tale NASCAR has the shortest off-season in all professional sport, but each year the break feels to me like an absolute age. So I, for one, was delighted to see a return to some semblance of serious action this past weekend with the running of the traditional season curtain raiser, the Sprint …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2016 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona

Who’s in the headline – After being involved in an early caution Denny Hamlin played pit strategy to get to the front of the pack and stretched his fuel to the end of a green-white-checkered finish to take his third Sprint Unlimited victory. The vast majority of cars had damage during the evening but Hamlin’s …

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Brian Vickers Expected to Replace Tony Stewart in Daytona 500

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Brian Vickers has emerged as the lead candidate to replace Tony Stewart in the season-opening Daytona 500 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series next weekend. According to a report from the Associated Press, Vickers will fill in for the injured Stewart in the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 14, granted he is medically cleared to compete by NASCAR, …

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NASCAR 2016 Preview: The Price You Pay

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With the Christmas revelry over with and the new year dutifully noted on checks to the home heating oil folks the winter doldrums have set in for those of us in subgenus Gearheadus Maximus. The usual offseason salves are playing their course. The Detroit Auto show was pretty much a bust other than one shapely …

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