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Tuesday Means Track Drying: Details Of NASCAR System Introduced Recovering from rain delays is about to get a whole lot easier for NASCAR in 2013. The sanctioning body on Tuesday unveiled details of its new, track-drying system called the “Air Titan” which experts claim is so effective, Daytona can be …

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Trivia Questions and Answers for February 11-15, 2013

by Phil Allaway *February 11 Q:* Recently, Mark Thompson has raced part-time in ARCA for Venturini Motorsports. Back in the 1990s, though, Thompson drove on a full-time basis and was a threat to win on a regular basis despite a near career-ending moment at Daytona in 1994. What happened that …

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Fool’s Gold? Foolish Decision? Gambles Of NASCAR Superstar 2nd Chances

In the 1996 NBA draft, the Portland Trail Blazers took a chance on a 6-foot-11 center straight out of high school named Jermaine O'Neal. Although young and raw, O'Neal showed enormous potential, enough so that Portland rewarded the bench player with an absurd four-year, $24 million contract. It was the finest money ever thrown towards a trash can, O’Neal acting like a first-class bust from the start instead of a first-ballot Hall of Famer. Heavily criticized for gameplay that at times wouldn’t hold up in your gym, once the contract expired, the Trail Blazers gladly waved the white flag. Determined to cut their losses, they landed a deal with Indiana for former All-Star (and aging) center Dale Davis.

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Who’s Hot / Who’s Not In NASCAR: 2013 Offseason Edition

This year’s rendition of the NASCAR offseason was action-packed, to say the least. A new car model has been vigorously tested since the checkered flag last waved at Homestead-Miami, all while several of stock car racing’s biggest names hopped onto the Silly Season carousel, landing with new organizations. Some drivers were left out in the cold, while others look to flourish aboard their newfound rides with high-profile car owners. All of them, inside the garage will be dealing with changes, from one less manufacturer afoot, to new qualifying procedures and the addition of a historic dirt track to the Camping World Truck Series circuit. All of these combine to make the 2013 schedule one of the more highly anticipated we've seen since NASCAR's peak in the mid-2000s.

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Pace Laps: Winning Races Pays Off! (Duh) Plus NASCAR’s Diversity Dreams

*Cup Series: Four Hall Of Fame Classes Showcase An Easy Trend – Winning Races Counts* The fourth Hall of Fame induction, held in Charlotte over the weekend was a smooth transition through every one of NASCAR’s eras, from its humble beginnings racing “stock cars” to the modern, corporate version of growth that led to this building's construction. You had one of the sport’s earliest champions, Herb Thomas, who earned his spot by taking home the trophy in 1951 and ’53. Then, there was Buck Baker, the sport’s first back-to-back titlist in 1956-’57 who was competitive all the way into the early 1960s.

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Five Classy Competitors: One Last Look Back At 2013’s NASCAR Hall of Famers

The NASCAR Hall of Fame is now 20 members strong with the induction of the class of 2013. The five members of the class all made significant contributions to the sport albeit in different ways. A mechanic, a driver owner, and three drivers make up this year's group of honorees. Leonard Wood never drove a race car but his knowledge of making pit stops faster probably resulted in the passing of more cars than any driver ever did. Herb Thomas was the most successful driver in history in terms of winning races compared to how many he entered. Buck Baker not only had a great career but shaped thousands of others with his driving school. Rusty Wallace was the foil to Dale Earnhardt and is responsible for keeping Roger Penske in the sport, which led to Brad Keselowski's 2012 championship. Finally, Cotton Owens, taught people in the sport that safety was more important than anyone at the time thought and yet still built race cars that could win races and titles including the first for David Pearson. The stories and accomplishments of these men would fill volumes, but here is a brief synopsis of each.

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The Big Six: Questions Answered After NASCAR Acceleration 2013

_Looking for the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How behind Sunday's race? Amy Henderson will have you covered each week this season with the answers to six race day questions, covering all five W’s and even the H… the Big Six. For this first edition, Amy looks back at NASCAR's final weekend to hype up 2013 with a firsthand look at the sport's Acceleration Weekend down in Charlotte._ *Who… gets my shoutout of the weekend?* Without a doubt, the *NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2013* was a deserving group of men. The five inductees span the sport's history from its beginning into a new millennium, and they represent all sides of the sport. Front and center was the second half of the Wood Brothers' award-winning combination, Leonard - a legendary mechanic and car owner. Wood is credited with revolutionizing the pit stop and making pit strategy part of racing.

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25 NASCAR Questions For 2013: Biffle, Kahne, Johnson, Bowyer, Keselowski

*Kasey Kahne* *2013 Ride:* No. 5 Farmer’s Insurance Chevrolet (Hendrick Motorsports) *Season With Team:* 2nd *Crew Chief:* Kenny Francis *Burning Question:* Can Kahne win a championship where he's at? In his first year at Hendrick Motorsports, Kahne finally found what he’d been lacking in his previous eight seasons in Sprint Cup — consistency. Would you believe that Kahne, considered one of the most talented young drivers in the sport, had only two points finishes in the top 10 before last season? And they were eighth and 10th.

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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Announces Record 3.3 Million Dollars Up for Grabs in 2013

Officials of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series are pleased to announce that the series will offer racers over 3.3 million dollars in cash and contingencies awards in 2013. The amount is a new record for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series exceeding last years record. Since its …

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2013 Season Preview, Part VI: NASCAR’s Rising Stars

Today's Season Preview Topic: The Nationwide and Truck Series have become rich with young talent once again. Give us the one driver from within those two series you're watching in 2013, and why. P. Huston Ladner, Senior Writer: Nelson Piquet Jr., in Trucks, and Travis Pastrana in Nationwide. Piquet has started to show that he is a worthwhile talent in oval racing, after spending the past few years converting his abilities from F1. His win last year shows this maturation and the possibility for more. This year, he’ll again be driving the same equipment as the Truck’s reigning champions, James Buescher, and he should be a contender for the title. A foreign-born driver taking the title would be a big splash for the series and might be the kind of factor to help it maintain its existence and grow.

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