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2014 Michigan I Cup Jimmie Johnson Woohoo Cia

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Remember when all anyone could talk about was the fact Jimmie Johnson hadn’t won a race yet in 2014, and he kept saying over and over again not to worry? Looks like he was right. Johnson played the late-race pit strategy perfectly en route to his first career win at Michigan and third overall in …

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Announces New Nationwide Series Driver for JR Motorsports

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The driver that once bragged he had never posted on Twitter, recently made an announcement on the social media platform regarding a debut driver for his Nationwide Series team in August.   Announcing @joshberry will drive his 1st @NASCAR_NNS race @iowaspeedway in August with @JRMotorsports. #CongratsJosh pic.twitter.com/N89YqTKzkk — Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) June 16, 2014   …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Inclusivity Is Needed — Badly

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In what’s becoming more and more of a common sight in NASCAR, all three of the sport’s national series were hard at work this past weekend, the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series hitting up Michigan International Speedway while the Camping World Truck Series returned to Gateway Motorsports Park. With a new-ish track on the schedule, …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not In Sprint Cup: Michigan-Sonoma Edition

2014 Michigan I Cup Jimmie Johnson Helmet Cia

Can Jimmie Johnson help Tyler Clary achieve his goals of becoming a racecar driver?

Move over Talladega — Michigan International Speedway deserves some of the spotlight now. NASCAR’s fastest non-restrictor plate track took a step up with the assistance of Sprint Cup’s new rules package, and Who’s Hot and Who’s Not shows that other than the faster speeds, nothing really changed.  Long green flag runs were prevalent, and smart …

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Racing to the Point: Some Drivers Need to Stop Being So Nice

2014 Michigan I Cup Jamie Mcmurray Cia

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is lucky he has friends. Two weeks in a row, a driver with Hendrick Motorsports horsepower eased off the throttle and allowed Earnhardt to catch up and clean his front grille by sucking up on their back bumper. The kindness of his competitors kept Earnhardt in the hunt in both races, instead …

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The Dynasty NASCAR Built… Or Is It Hendrick?

2014 Michigan I Cup Jimmie Johnson Cia

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The word “dynasty” is frequently overused in sports – especially in an era where every achievement must be overhyped on Twitter, Facebook and every TV news source imaginable. So the Miami Heat, after two straight NBA titles found themselves on the verge of a “dynasty.” Your local baseball team wins nine games in a row and …

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Nuts for Nationwide: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Returns to Scene of One of His Biggest Series Wins

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Michigan International Speedway isn’t exactly synonymous with Dale Earnhardt, Jr., but it has been the site of a few personal highlights for him. That may continue this weekend when he competes in another Nationwide Series race at the two-mile oval. Saturday is the fourth and final scheduled race for him this season, and one the …

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Frontstretch Foto Funnies: That’s Just Wrong…

2014 Pocono I Cup Jimmie Johnson Dale Earnhardt Jr Congrats Cia

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Welcome to the Frontstretch Foto Funnies! Ever see a photo that’s just begging for a caption? We see them all the time! Each week, we’ll pick a few, then let our staff give it their best shot. We’ll post the best ones for you! Want to get in on the fun? Each week, we’ll also …

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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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Racing to the Point: How Earnhardt, Kahne Traded Places at Hendrick

Remember when Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finished 25th in the Sprint Cup standings in 2009? It’s hard to believe considering the success he’s had lately, but it’s true. The next season didn’t go much better, with little progress, and the son of a legend ended up 21st. If his name wasn’t Earnhardt, he probably would’ve wound …

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Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in NASCAR Sprint Cup: Pocono-Michigan Edition

In many ways, the Sprint Cup Series’ venture to the Pocono Mountains was a microcosm of the season to date.  There was a singular figure who led many a lap, multi-time champions finding ways to struggle, and frontrunners succumbing because of the not-so-alive half the alliance between man and machine.  The end result was very …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2014 Sprint Showdown at Charlotte

Dale Earnhardt Jr. talked about racing at Charlotte after dark this week. “As late as it gets in the night, at this track,” he said, “The groove narrows up. It gets faster and faster on the bottom and there’s no time to be gained in trying to step up the race track or run the high line like you might during the afternoon. So, it’s a really fascinating race track in the middle of the day. But, as it gets darker and darker and cooler and cooler, the groove really shortens up. So you need to be in that top three, I think, to have a shot at it.”