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Earnhardt Conquering Old Demons – And Closing the Deal

Earnhardt Conquering Old Demons – And Closing the Deal

Last year alone, during a winless campaign Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finished second five times. If Kevin Harvick is NASCAR’s “Closer,” then Earnhardt knew how to close the door in 2013 with a museum full of missed opportunities that lingered during his climb back to respectability at Hendrick Motorsports. A driver with a career spanning more than a decade, and aligning himself with the sport’s most successful team, had skipped class on racing’s most basic philosophy: How to Win. But in the ... Read More »

The Big Six: Questions Answered After the GoBowling.com 400

The Big Six: Questions Answered After the GoBowling.com 400

Looking for the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How behind Sunday’s race? Amy Henderson has you covered with each week with the answers to six race day questions, covering all five Ws and even the H… the Big Six. Who… gets my shoutout of the race? For most of the race, Greg Biffle was an afterthought mired deep in the field. But thanks to some timely strategy, Biffle made it into the top 10 with 10 laps to go ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud: GoBowling.com 400

Thinkin’ Out Loud: GoBowling.com 400

Key Moment – Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Clint Bowyer pitted when the pits opened after the Big One with 39 laps to go. That decision by Steve Letarte put Earnhardt in position to take a splash of gas to make it to the finish of the race. Earnhardt made that final stop to top off with fuel on lap 132 and that move put him out in front of all of the teams who waited to pit after that caution. ... Read More »

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Completes Season Sweep at Pocono

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Completes Season Sweep at Pocono

Earlier this week Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finally learned the identity of his new crew chief in 2015, but in the meantime he isn’t ready to close his storybook relationship with current crew chief Steve Letarte quite yet. Employing a well-conceived fuel strategy by Letarte, Earnhardt was able to hold off Kevin Harvick on a restart with three laps to go to win the GoBowling.com 400. Earnhardt’s season sweep at Pocono is the first since Denny Hamlin accomplished the feat in ... Read More »

Earnhardt’s Pocono Win Raises Question of Strategy vs. Speed

Earnhardt’s Pocono Win Raises Question of Strategy vs. Speed

Sunday afternoon (Aug. 3), Pocono Raceway saw one of its most engaging races. From the get-go, the GoBowling.com 400’s start time was moved up due to the uncertainty of weather, causing teams to think twice about whether they were racing to a conclusion on lap 160. In fact, it was the story the entire weekend, with each of the three races going the entire scheduled distance – resulting in varying pit strategies. With the skies brightening and the question of ... Read More »

Pace Laps: Pocono Oddity, Iowa Adventures, Ohio Excellence, and More

Cup: Strange Results from Pocono It’s not a surprise that Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won at Pocono.  He raced with the leaders all race long and his crew chief, Steve Letarte, made a brilliant strategy call that put him in the best position to win. But what about the rest of the field? Kyle Busch completed just 23 laps before his engine lost its song and he parked his car. And in Jimmie Johnson‘s case, is Chad Knaus testing out some ... Read More »