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Voice of Vito: Crew Chief Central – Junior’s New One, Grubb’s No-No

2014 Darlington Cup Denny Hamlin Darian Grubb Cia

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Engineering the Future for Junior The big news that came down yesterday was the announcement that Greg Ives will be the crew chief for Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in 2015. The move comes well ahead of The Chase to avoid any distractions for the driver who will experience a rebirth under current crew chief Steve Letarte. …

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Voice of Vito: Mid-Season Musings

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Joey Logano and Morgan Shepherd spin at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. (Credit: CIA)

Morgan’s Meltdown      Wow the kids sure got angry over the incident with Morgan Shepherd and Joey Logano this Sunday at New Hampshire! Not sure why – between this and Jimmie Johnson blowing two tires in less than 15 laps, it was the only real action of the day. Logano’s ire was understandable, though the age …

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Method of Marginalization: RTA Shifts Power Balance in NASCAR

2014 Sonoma Cup Jack Roush Carl Edwards Trophy Cia

Carl Edwards and Jack Roush have enjoyed a decade's worht of success together. Edward's move to Joe Gibbs Racing for 2015 comes at a time where their outsourced engines have been largely left in the dust this season.(Credit: CIA)

The biggest news this week was the announcement of the RTA – Race Team Alliance – within NASCAR’s premier Sprint Cup Series. It’s a business alliance vociferously downplayed and described as a not-a-union, one that seeks to “work together to increase revenue, spend more efficiently, and deliver more value to our partners” as declared in …

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Voice of Vito: Harvick’s Huff, Road Course Stuff, and Roush Fenway’s Futility

2014 Darlington Cup Kevin Harvick Credit Yvonne Leonard

Credit: Yvonne Leonard

You Mad Bro? Kevin Harvick wasn’t exactly what one would call chatty following this past weekend’s race at MIS. For the second time in three weeks, the No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet was the fastest car on the track when it counted – but was too far back to do much following more problems in the …

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s Decade of Decline Comes Full Circle

2014 Pocono I Cup Dale Earnhardt Jr Champagne Cia

In the wake of Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s popular Pocono triumph, there was one stat that resonated this week while reviewing the turnaround the No. 88 team has enjoyed over the course of past few seasons: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is in the midst of his first multiple win season since 2004; i.e., a decade. That 2004 season was …

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NASCAR Easter Eggs: A Few Off-Week Nuggets to Chew On

Knockout Qualifying Moved from FS2 & FS1 to FOX: For Talladega, at least. While many fans do not have access to FOX Sports 2 (thereby negating the change to the qualifying format), the new knockout qualifying format has been delivering double-digit ratings increases every weekend so far. While FOX has been airing the sessions five to 10 minutes delayed (for reasons …

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Voice of Vito: Win And In? Five Drivers Who Can Call Their Shot

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article stating there was no way there would be more than 16 winners by the time we got to the Chase, and that points still mattered, along with consistent finishes. With Joey Logano’s win at Texas on Monday (that I predicted three weeks ago over at Athlon Sports), I might …

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Voice of Vito: Three Drivers That NASCAR Need Not Silence

NASCAR has long been home to a range of varied personalities. From the quiet to the quarrelsome, the range of emotions and cast of characters has served to establish the fabric of the sport. That said, this past weekend painted a perfect picture of who the Sprint Cup Series should focus their efforts around if the …

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Voice of Vito: Daytona Dilemma, Flagship Ford, And Points Paradox

2014 Daytona Duels Cup Trevor Bayne Justin Allgaier Kurt Busch Landon Cassill Cia 430

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Primetime vs. Sunshine Following the excitement and frenzy of Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s Daytona 500 win Sunday, the chorus of cries began to run towards putting NASCAR’s marquee event in primetime. “It’s more exciting! It’s under the lights! It’s just like football!” It’s a horrible idea. We’ve dabbled with late start times before in the Daytona …

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