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Friday Faceoff: What’s The Deal With NASCAR Ride Height Rules?


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Alex Bowman kicked off his tenure as the full-time driver of the No. 88 by putting his hot rod on the pole. But even with that, people are still referring to him as “Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s replacement.” What will Bowman need to do to get out of Earnhardt Jr.’s shadow? Davey Segal: Alex Bowman is …

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Dale Earnhardt Jr., Charlize Theron & Peyton Manning Announced for Daytona 500 Grand Marshal, Pace Car Roles

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Big events, especially in sports, tend to draw celebrities in an attempt to attract casual viewers. That will continue at Sunday’s 60th annual Daytona 500, as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series gets underway for 2018 with actress Charlize Theron as the honorary starter, waving the green flag before the race, while former NFL quarterback …

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NASCAR Top 10 Storylines 2017: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hangs It Up

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We knew it was coming. Everyone knew it was coming. It was only a matter of time, really. The latest iteration of the so-called old guard of NASCAR had begun to dissipate, its ranks transitioning into their 40s. These things happen. And yet, few might’ve expected April 25, 2017, to be the bombshell day of news …

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NASCAR Top 10 Storylines 2017: A Changing Of the Guard as NASCAR Greats Retire

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There is a massive generational shift occurring in NASCAR. Eventually, it had to happen. Few sports offer the opportunity to compete at a top level for over a decade. But NASCAR is different, as those reading this topic have likely figured out. Everything from the structure of how NASCAR is operated to how events happen …

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2017 NASCAR Cup Team Review: Hendrick Motorsports

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Hendrick Motorsports entered the 2017 season with momentum. Jimmie Johnson came into the season as the defending Cup Series champion, earning their seventh title in ten years and their first under the new format. After what appeared to be a lost regular season for the organization in 2016, Johnson’s push to the top gave the …

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The Frontstretch 5: Ways to Say Goodbye

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1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. More than 15 years after being thrust into NASCAR’s brightest spotlight after the untimely death of his father, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has grown up and come into his own. He connected with fans in a way that’s become increasingly rare in sports: as a genuine, relatable person.  His Southern drawl and …

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5 Points to Ponder: The Right NASCAR Champion

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ONE: The Right Champion Congratulations to Martin Truex Jr. on winning an emotional, and richly deserved, first Cup Series title. All year long, the No. 78 has been the class of the field so it’s fitting he should win the final race, his eighth victory of the campaign, to get it done. This time last …

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Beside The Rising Tide: Is It Still Over? Are We Still Through?

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If you live in the northeast, you know the sound, especially if you live beneath a tin roof like I do in my humble abode. At first, it just sounds like rain drops, but there’s a peculiar metallic ting sound that can only mean one thing… ice pellets. A close look out the window reveals …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Dale Earnhardt Jr. & NASCAR Championship Overkill On NBC

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On Sunday, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season came to a conclusion at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  It’s pretty obvious what the main topics of discussion were on this day. NBC brought Bob Costas down to Homestead to basically serve as the broadcast’s host.  However, his only real role of note was to interview Dale Earnhardt …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not In NASCAR: Championship Edition

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As often happens in all levels of different sports, the team (and in this case the driver) that was the best for the whole season ended up winning the title. Martin Truex, Jr. capped off a truly storybook season on the track with his eighth victory of the season Sunday at Miami-Homestead. He was a …

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Rick Hendrick Like a Father Figure to Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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It was obvious that Dale Earnhardt Jr. was going to be emotional heading into Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. However, the most emotional was when the 18-year Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series veteran was greeted by team owner Rick Hendrick right before he climbed into the No. 88 machine. Earnhardt spent the final …

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. On Concussions: ‘It Caught Up With Me’

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“It caught up with me.” Dale Earnhardt Jr. stepped into his No. 88 machine at the start of the 2017 Daytona 500, worrying whether or not he would finish the sport’s most prestigious race. NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver was making his comeback after missing half of the 2016 season thanks to a second diagnosed concussion …

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