Jul 21 2011 - 2:56pm0

Tension Mounts as Chase Closes

As the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup rapidly approaches, the pucker factor at teams not assured a spot in the final 12 is rising exponentially.How do I know? Two crew chiefs have been replaced this past two weeks, and the intra-team pressure is so...

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Jul 19 2011 - 4:06pm0

Musical Chairs

The first two dominoes have fallen in the great run-up to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.Greg Erwin was let go as crew chief for Greg Biffle last week and today, Brian Pattie was bus-chucked at Earnhardt-Ganassi, where he directed the No. 42 for...

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Jul 18 2011 - 3:15pm0

Strategery Reigns Supreme

Tony Stewart is tied for 10th in the series point standings following Sunday’s Lenox Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.Ryan Newman is eighth in points, but just 16 points away from being outside the top 10 cutoff for automatic qualification to...

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Jul 13 2011 - 3:01pm0

Traffic Mess Mars KMS

The Quaker State 400 was, heading in, a joyous occasion for long-suffering race fans, who just wanted to have a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of their own. Well, they got their wish, and while it was an interesting enough race, it calls to mind the...

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Jul 12 2011 - 5:18pm0

Heat is...ON!

And I'm not just talking about the weather.While the south bakes under a heat wave that resembles nothing so much as a blowtorch with a mister, there is the feeling that those outside the top 10 in points without a victory so far this season are about...

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Jul 11 2011 - 5:11pm0

Kentucky Thoughts

In the aftermath of a Big Dig-like traffic jam that ruined the inauguration of Kentucky Speedway as a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series venue, I offer the following:1. First one to build a gas station as close to the track as possible wins!2. They knew this was...

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Jul 7 2011 - 12:28pm0


Two-by-Two…Meh!A funny thing happened on the way to the checkered flag at Daytona…Noah’s Ark crashed hard, and the racing returned a bit to the days of huge packs that have entertained NASCAR fans for 40 years.It was a race that saw two-by-two drafting...

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Jul 5 2011 - 4:02pm0

A Respite from Noah's Ark

With all that went on Saturday night at Daytona, a quick look at the calendar reveals that it will be more than three months before we have to worry about it again.Of course, by then, maybe NASCAR's technical folks will be allowed to give the teams...

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Jun 30 2011 - 4:09pm0

The New Short Track

What does it say about NASCAR racing these days when road courses provide more action than Kansas or Michigan?Infineon Raceway, considered the more technical of the two road courses that NASCAR’s top division competes on, provided short-track fireworks...

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Jun 29 2011 - 1:53pm0

Dancing at the Beach

Well, we're headed back to the beach this weekend for the annual summer bash in Daytona, and what do we have to look forward to?Luck of the draw, who is the best dance partner and who times the last rush the best, is what I come up with.It's less about...

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