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Racing to the Point: How Earnhardt, Kahne Traded Places at Hendrick

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Remember when Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finished 25th in the Sprint Cup standings in 2009? It’s hard to believe considering the success he’s had lately, but it’s true. The next season didn’t go much better, with little progress, and the son of a legend ended up 21st. If his name wasn’t …

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Racing to the Point: What’s Up With Stewart-Haas’ Other Team?

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If I mentioned a Stewart-Haas Racing driver with two top-20 finishes, sitting 28th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings, who would you guess it is? If you guessed Danica Patrick, you’d be wrong. After her run Saturday that was more surprising than the time Darrell Waltrip correctly identified a car on aFOX broadcast, …

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Let’s Start Putting Superspeedway Feats Into Perspective

Danica Patrick became the first female driver to lead at Talladega… but how big a deal is that, really?

When Danica Patrick flat-footed Daytona for a lap faster than anyone else, earning the pole for the 2013 Daytona 500, all hell broke loose. She had 742 stories written about her historic accomplishment, the first woman to sit on a Daytona pole, and she was cast as a favorite to …

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Racing to the Point: Ambrose, Mears Fight Decision Will Set Precedent

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Generally, when fans think about NASCAR and fighting, they flash back to the Daytona brawl of 1979 — because nothing since has even come close to rivaling it. There are disagreements and shoves every time NASCAR visits a short track, but nothing all that memorable. Brad Keselowski was furious enough at Matt Kenseth on …

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Racing to the Point: NASCAR Has Its Own Heartbreak Kid

After struggle in Daytona, it seemed like Parker Kligerman’s season could only go up… until now.

Ben Stiller is no longer the Heartbreak Kid. The role now belongs to 23-year-old Parker Kligerman. Kligerman didn’t marry a crazy woman after knowing her for six weeks, then fall in love with someone else on his honeymoon, nor did he act in a subpar comedy. His story is full …

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Racing To The Point: Rules Package Has Created Parity

Joey Logano was the seventh different winner in seven races this season and the parity has been largely credited to NASCAR’s new Chase system.

Seven drivers have visited Victory Lane in seven races and not one is named Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne or Denny Hamlin. In case you didn’t notice, those all happen to be Hendrick and Gibbs drivers. Along with Kyle Busch, they dominated the Sprint Cup season in …

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Racing To The Point: Sliced Bread Ready To Be Served

After a lackluster few years, Joey Logano is finally living up to his nickname of Sliced Bread.

There’s been a question mark hanging over Joey Logano’s head since the then-18-year-old filled Tony Stewart’s seat at Joe Gibbs Racing at the start of the 2009 season. The question was simple: could this driver who had developed more buzz than probably any talent that had come before him deliver …

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Racing to the Point: Balancing NASCAR Trash Talk With Credibility

Aric Almirola may have been coming off a third-place finish at Bristol, but Brett Poirier says that’s no excuse for his comments about Brian Scott.

There’s nothing better than sticking a microphone in front of a wrecked driver just moments after he or she exits the car. The quicker the interview happens, the higher the likelihood somebody is going to say something they might later regret. Just ask Kurt Busch, who spent two years of …

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