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Happiness Is… Getting Back to Green

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No need to get into anything heady with yet another critique or defense of NASCAR and all of its wonders and ills.  Let’s just get things going. Happiness Is…Newness. Back in 1971, R.J. Reynolds took over the naming rights for NASCAR’s top division of racing, bringing about what became known as the Winston Cup Series. …

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Wouldn’t Rule Out Retiring If He Won a Cup Title

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If Dale Earnhardt Jr. happened to be the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion, you might not see him much in the series after that. During Wednesday’s NASCAR Media Day at Daytona International Speedway, Earnhardt was asked during his formal interview session if he had considered his future after a possible championship. In his …

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Did You Notice? … Whether Change Can Keep NASCAR Afloat?

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Did You Notice? … Just a NASCAR change or two has descended upon us since we last came together? Since November, the sport has taken on a new title sponsor in Monster Energy, adopted a flurry of new rules designed to spice up competition, and split with tradition by chopping even the Daytona 500 into …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Dodging the Dodge Return in NASCAR?

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NASCAR is back, but there is something that isn’t. Hint: Legendary crew chief Ray Evernham helped spearhead its last foray into the sport in the early-2000s. Yeah, Dodge. Remember the days of the Intrepid and the Charger? Well, and of course, the Avenger that never happened. Sometimes, if you look really close at the XFINITY …

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Five Points: Pondering An Avalanche Of NASCAR Change In 2017

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ONE: All Change There is an old adage that states “the only constant in life is change.” It’s a quote widely attributed to Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher who lived five hundred years before the birth of Jesus — 535 BC to 475 BC, if you want the exact numbers. And despite the quote being several …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: Bring On NASCAR 2017

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It’s true NASCAR has the shortest offseason of any major sport. But really, why does it seem like forever between the season finale at Homestead and the start of Daytona Speedweeks? It’s just 90 days, far shorter than the end of the Super Bowl and the start of NFL Training Camps midsummer. For me, the …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Takes Center Stage For FOX

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Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday (also known as Talking NASCAR TV).  I’m back for my ninth year of TV commentary, suggestions, complaints and more.  It should be a fairly interesting year, although there will be several changes in the personalities that you’ll see.  This week already showed off plenty of them. First off, reporter and NASCAR …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2017 Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona

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Who’s in the headline – The 2017 season took an extra day to kick off thanks to rain on Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway, but The Clash did not disappoint. Joey Logano has proven to be a strong plate racer since joining Team Penske, and it showed again on Sunday. Avoiding the spinning cars …

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2016 NASCAR Rewind: Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

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“My biggest concern was, ‘Is this it?’ After five weeks I couldn’t help but wonder, ‘Will I ever be the same again?” Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s words, coming from an interview with Marty Smith of ESPN last week, just about summed up the questions surrounding him in 2016. Earnhardt was sidelined halfway through the season due …

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Friday Faceoff: What’s on NASCAR’s Horizon?

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NASCAR announced Monster Energy as the new entitlement sponsor in its premier series, replacing Sprint.  Will Monster be a good fit for the series moving forward? Mark Howell, Senior Writer: Based on Monster’s (pardon the pun) track record in motorsports, the affiliation with NASCAR’s premier series will be a successful one. Based on sight of …

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Approved to Race in 2017

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is back. Hendrick Motorsports announced Thursday that Earnhardt has been cleared to return to racing.  The OK came after Earnhardt participated in a private test session on Wednesday at Darlington Raceway that was attended by Charlotte area neurosurgeon Dr. Jerry Petty and representatives of NASCAR. Dr. Micky Collins, medical director of the University …

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Alex Bowman to Drive for Hendrick Motorsports in Clash

Earlier today, Hendrick Motorsports announced that Dale Earnhardt, Jr. has been cleared to race once again.  However, Hendrick Motorsports also included a second piece of news inside of its announcement.  Earnhardt’s return will not completely leave Alex Bowman out in the cold. Hendrick Motorsports also announced on Thursday morning that Bowman will drive the No. …

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