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No Suspension For Carl: Fear Can’t Stop NASCAR From Letting Boys Be Boys

Brad Keselowski’s car was still sliding on its roof when the first email screaming at Carl Edwards landed in my inbox. Like a bounty of fireworks, fans exploded with all sorts of colorful wording, and I’m sure if you searched my Yahoo! account this morning typing in swears would send you more results than any other words in the English language. Before we get going, let’s do a little housecleaning. Read More »

NASCAR Lessons Learned From Harry

NASCAR Lessons Learned From Harry

On Sunday, 19-year-old Marc Davis finished third in the Freestate 500 in South Africa. That put him on the podium behind John Mickel and Toni McCray, standing proudly amongst the top 3 in a race dedicated to his late father. Monday, he’ll fly back to bury him. Read More »

A Quick List Of NASCAR Changes For 2010

Back in the '90s, Sheryl Crow used to have this catchy song when I was a teenager called "A Change Would Do You Good." Apparently, someone up in the NASCAR tower's been listening. Coming off a Media Tour where the focus was on righting some wrongs and fixing every conceivable problem in sight, the 2010 season is already chock full of news two weeks before heading to Speedweeks. But in this era of Twitter, Facebook, and instant gratification, we'd all be remiss to assume every NASCAR fan has been rabidly following the offseason tidbits like paparazzi trying to sniff out Lindsay Lohan. Read More »

Appreciating History Rewritten

He may not be the most popular driver and he may seem a bit ‘vanilla’ to some, but Jimmie Johnson is without argument one of the best to ever strap into a race car. Earning his fourth straight NASCAR title Sunday night, Johnson separated himself from some of the greatest in the 61 year history of the sport. Johnson is now one of only four drivers to win four championship titles (the others being Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon), but among those NASCAR greats, Johnson is the only driver to win the title four years in a row. Last year’s hoopla was Johnson’s chance to tie Cale Yarborough by winning three straight titles, this year the attention is all on Johnson. Read More »

Want To Stop Hendrick? Here’s Five Ways To Do It

Want To Stop Hendrick? Here’s Five Ways To Do It

In his 25th year in Sprint Cup, Rick Hendrick hasn’t just reached the peak of his sport … he’s carving a new mountain upon which all others must climb. With just one week left in 2009, his driver Jimmie Johnson stands poised to win a fourth straight title, with team cars Mark Martin second and Jeff Gordon third in points in what’s poised to be the first 1-2-3 finish by a car owner in NASCAR history. It’s a run of dominance the likes of which the sport hasn’t seen in the modern era, perhaps ever. And here's the scary part (or thrilling, depending on which side of the fence you’re on) -- it shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. Read More »

Fuel Mileage Finishes Adding Fuel To Fan’s Fire?

Fuel Mileage Finishes Adding Fuel To Fan’s Fire?

While younger brother Kyle flashed some speed, it was older brother Kurt who showed his smarts Sunday at Texas. Leading 232 of the first 332 laps, the younger brother was in position to pull off the first ever “triple sweep” – winning Truck, Nationwide, and Cup shows at the same track in the same weekend – with a car that looked capable of lapping the field at times during the race. But in the end, speed was no match for strategy at Texas during a final 122-lap stint run under green flag conditions. For no matter how fast Kyle went, raw speed was no match for … more fuel. Sound a little weird? It’s meant to. Read More »

Chase Overload Cuts NASCAR Storylines To Pieces

Chase Overload Cuts NASCAR Storylines To Pieces

The thought hung over Denny Hamlin like the Balloon Boy story over America before the hoax made us all want the darned thing to fly away on its own. Fresh off his third career victory – setting a new career high – at one of his two hometown tracks, Hamlin’s post-race celebration Sunday should have left him floating on cloud nine, a well-deserved center of attention for a job well done. But in the matter of a moment, his newsworthy balloon got popped with a reality check as to why anyone should care, a reporter sending a tough reminder that a certain second place finisher still has a very big leg up on the No. 11 where it “really” counts. Read More »

Help Wanted! NASCAR’s Charlotte Buzz Goes Silent

Help Wanted! NASCAR’s Charlotte Buzz Goes Silent

Every sport has a certain time where there’s so much news it practically grows on trees. It’s a journalist’s favorite time of year; one where working overtime is a joy and not a curse, in the midst of sudden scoops and a cell phone that never stops ringing. The winds of change, good or bad, bring debate and discussion that keep the sport as lively off the track as it can be entertaining on it. That’s how the Fall weekend at Lowe’s Motor Speedway usually is for NASCAR. With race shops just a stone’s throw away, the hometown race proves the perfect place to finalize plans, announce new teams, and generate overall buzz for next year. At the halfway point in the Chase, it’s the calm before the championship storm, a “timeout” so to speak where everyone has the chance to breathe long enough to focus on 2010 -- especially now, when the chilly air gets us all thinking of the warmth and beauty of Daytona just around the corner. Add in Wednesday’s landmark announcement of the first five Hall of Fame nominees, and this particular week began the way these weeks often should, a bonus boost with a chance to carry some serious momentum through Saturday night. Read More »

Should Debris Dictate The Outcome Of The Chase? It’s Coming Close

Should Debris Dictate The Outcome Of The Chase? It’s Coming Close

_Race procedure is the manner in which an event is conducted. It includes… flagging ... In addition to interpreting and applying these rules, NASCAR Officials are authorized to make such other determinations or take such other action as they determine to be necessary to promote the best interests of stock car racing, including but not limited to fairness and prompt finality of competition results._ _Section 9-1, NASCAR Rule Book_ Flipping through the rulebook, that’s about as specific a section you’ll get on what can cause a caution flag in this sport. Like all officiating in any form of race, dictating track conditions is tricky business -- especially when a change to the final outcome is at stake. Any caution flag not thrown for a wreck which blocks the racetrack or a raging downpour can lead to serious criticism. Especially when it’s thrown in the final 15 laps of a playoff race. Read More »

Unfair Advantage For The No. 48? Johnson Says Sour Grapes; Others, Not So Sure

Unfair Advantage For The No. 48? Johnson Says Sour Grapes; Others, Not So Sure

To say Jimmie Johnson was in a league of his own Sunday was putting it mildly. Leading the final 224 laps, the outcome of the race was never in doubt for most of Dover’s second half, the No. 48 running as much as two miles an hour faster than the rest of the field. It was a setup that defined dominance in this sport. But it was also one they had a little extra time to perfect. Part of a two-day tire test on August 4th and 5th, the No. 48 was one of eight teams to get a “grip” on the Goodyear tires that were eventually selected for the Fall. Read More »