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Darlington kicks off a busy month for race fans

Saturday night Darlington Raceway kicks off a busy month for race fans as it continues the new version of the Southern 500. A Labor Day Weekend tradition since the track’s opening in 1950, the Southern 500 was NASCAR’s first and longest running Super Speedway Classic.

Sad but true, after the 2004 season, NASCAR’s brain trust got the brilliant idea that the circuit had outgrown its small town southern roots. They wanted to be big time. In order to compete with the NFL and Major League Baseball tiny Southeastern venues like Darlington and Rockingham

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2011 season is anybody’s guess so keep watching

Who do you like for this season’s championship? You can throw all the analysis out the window, the 2011 season is wide open.

 Seven different drivers have won the first eight races of the season. It’s the most competitively balanced start to a season since 2003, when nine different drivers won the first nine races.

Until Talladega when Hendrick Motorsports teams started the race 1-2-3-4 and followed up with all four teams finishing in the top ten and Jimmie Johnson recording his first win of the season, the Hendrick

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Talladega put excitement in restrictor plate racing

This new deal where the drivers team up in two car drafts instead of the two lane freight trains we have become accustomed to in restrictor plate racing has put a whole new spin on racing at Daytona and Talladega.  

By the half-way point in last Saturday’s Nationwide race they had broken the Speedway’s record for lead

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You’ve got to like Dale Jr. Sunday at Talladega

If there is a track on the schedule that suits Jr., it’s Talladega, after all, five of his eighteen “Cup” career wins have come at the Alabama Super Speedway. He added two more restrictor plate track wins at Daytona. Ok, his last win at Talladega was the fall race in 2004. Yes, I know it’s now been 100 Cup races since he has visited victory lane, but this is Talladega. The restrictor plate tracks have always been his thing. Just to show he hasn’t lost the knack at the circuit’s two giant Super Speedways, Jr. won the

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Harvick spoils the day for Martinsville favorites

Kevin Harvick is quickly earning a reputation as the best closer on the circuit.
A week ago in California, the only lap Harvick won was the last one. Last Sunday, he led the last four. It was Harvick’s second win in a row this season and took the limelight off race favorites, Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin. Busch was strong and up-front most of the day, for Hamlin it was a

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Reflections on the passing of an old friend

The old saying “Nothing lasts forever” was brought home to me once again, and quite unexpectedly, last week with the arrival of the mail on Wednesday.

Growing up in a small town in the 1950s there was precious little information available on a regular basis for a young race fan. The newspapers didn’t cover auto racing, except for the occasional picture of a spectacular crash and a

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