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Holding A Pretty Wheel

No Place for Complacency When It Comes To Safety

Are wrecks like the one experienced by Michael McDowell a testament to the safety of NASCAR, or a sobering reminder of just how dangerous this sport is?

Several years ago, after a string of deaths and injuries in stock cars, Ricky Craven commented that someday everyone would look back at those days and wonder about how drivers were running into concrete walls. Craven’s words would prove prophetic as SAFER barriers replaced the concrete walls in the corners — the …

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Odds Are Long On NASCAR Going 17 for 26

Could Matt Kenseth be the 7th different driver to win a race in 2014?

Win and you’re in – that was the simple message NASCAR wanted to get across with the new Chase format introduced before this season. With an expanded entry list of sixteen drivers instead of twelve, the way to get in was clear: win races. There are provisions for adding drivers to the …

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“My Health Is My Business” … But Is It?

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“My health is my business.” Denny Hamlin could not have been clearer. Hamlin addressed the media Friday in Martinsville, giving a thorough explanation of the eye problem that kept him out of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race last weekend in Fontana. But the driver, who missed the event due …

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30 Years and Counting: A Look at Rick Hendrick’s NASCAR Contributions

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On April 29, 1984, at Martinsville Speedway, Geoff Bodine took his No. 5 City Chevrolet to victory lane for a single-car program known as All-Star Racing. That organization is now known as Hendrick Motorsports, and owner Rick Hendrick will be celebrating that team’s 30th anniversary this weekend at the place …

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Hiring a Driver Isn’t Just About Talent Anymore

Tmmy Hill’s incident at Bristol, in which he slammed into the rear of Matt Kenseth’s car, raised questions about the experience of drivers in NASCAR’s top series.

Admit it, you’ve done it: you’ve scratched your head in bewilderment at a team’s choice of driver. After all, there were several available to choose from, and they went with… that guy? Don’t they want to put the talented veteran, up-and-coming young gun, or solid journeyman who doesn’t tear up equipment in …

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Can NASCAR Carry Daytona Momentum Forward? Yes, If It’s Done Right

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Welcome to the real NASCAR Sprint Cup Season. It’s been said that the year starts in earnest at Phoenix, after the pomp and circumstance of the Daytona 500 is in the rear-view mirror and teams can get down to the type of racing they’ll do for most of the season, …

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A Surprise in Victory Lane? That’s Exactly What the Sport Needs

David Ragan took one for the little guys with a win last year in Talladega. (Credit: CIA)

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One For the Ages: Looking Back At Darlington’s Most Epic Battle

Were you watching on that March Sunday as racing history was made? Were you on the edge of your seat? Did you think one or both of the drivers wouldn't make it to the finish as neither one backed down an inch? Who were you rooting for to pull out the win: the brash youngster who already had the reputation of being hotheaded and aggressive but could drive a car almost beyond the ragged edge, or the beleaguered veteran who never quite seemed to live up to his potential? Were you holding your breath as they made the final lap?

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A Glimmer Of Hope For Small Teams, Sponsors

For some of NASCAR's small teams, finding funding to race has been a huge challenge.

Sponsorship woes: it seems like they’re everywhere in NASCAR these days, and the reality is that they are. Even some of the sport’s biggest names, including a perennial Most Popular Driver and a three-time champion, have struggled to sell an entire schedule of races to backers this year, and many …

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