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NASCAR’s Top 12 Moments at the Coca-Cola 600

NASCAR Numbers Game: 7 Amazing Stats for the Coca-Cola 600

David Smith crunches the numbers for the Memorial Day marathon in Charlotte
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<p> David Smith crunches the numbers and finds the key NASCAR stats for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.</p>

Jimmie Johnson stirred up the masses with his second straight Sprint All-Star Race win on Saturday. Johnson, historically dominant at Charlotte Motor Speedway, a track that was once referred to as “his house” when his car and the facility shared primary sponsor branding, now looms large as the driver to beat in this weekend’s Coca-Cola 600. At least that’s the narrative, as I understand it.

Johnson wins NASCAR All-Star Race; Danica, Earnhardt Jr. disappoint

Through the Gears: Four things we learned at the All-Star Race
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<p> Reaction from NASCAR's All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.</p>

Say what you want about Jimmie Johnson. Critics have a long list of rebuttals for why he’s not the greatest driver of this era: Chad Knaus, superior equipment and more money through sponsor Lowe’s than his closest rivals. But it’s hard to argue the stats on paper. Johnson’s fourth win in the All-Star Race, a NASCAR record, launched him past teammate Jeff Gordon and the late Dale Earnhardt Sr.

NASCAR's 12 Greatest All-Star Races

NASCAR Mourns Loss of Dick Trickle, Prepares for All-Star Race

Geoffrey Miller's Five Things to Watch in the All-Star Race
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<p> Five storylines to follow as the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit heads to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the All-Star Race.</p>

1. All-Star race, qualifying format changes in store
The most exciting NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying event of the season happens Friday night at 6:00 pm EST.

That's a fact even without the new hair-raising rule change allowing drivers to speed both away from pit road (like always) as well as enter it without a speed limit (new).

NASCAR Numbers Game: 7 Amazing Stats for the Sprint All-Star Race

David Smith crunches the numbers for the million-dollar payday.
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<p> David Smith crunches the numbers and finds the key NASCAR stats for the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.</p>

The NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race isn’t a typical all-star event.

Unlike the stick ‘N’ ball all-star “breaks” that feature lackadaisical effort and are more celebrated for the parties that supplement the fan activities rather than the actual contests, the Sprint Cup Series version of an all-star event pits recent race winners and champions in a race comprised of dash-style formats which has a $1 million carrot dangling on the end of a stick. It’s wild, unpredictable and in no way resembles a normal NASCAR race.

Backseat Drivers Fan Council

On the tricky topic of concussions in NASCAR
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<p> This week, Dustin Long and the Backseat Drivers Fan Council discuss the tricky topic of concussions and whether Dale Earnhardt Jr. made the right decision to step out of his car. Fan Council members also voice their opininons on what NASCAR should do about drivers that suffer from concussions and grade the Bank of America 500 from Charlotte Motor Speedway.</p>
2012

With Dale Earnhardt Jr. missing last weekend’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway because of a concussion, members of the Backseat Drivers Fan Council had much to discuss from what should NASCAR do about concussions to if Fan Council members would still watch a race if their favorite driver was injured and not competing. Here’s what members of the Backseat Drivers Fan Council said:

Backseat Drivers Fan Council

The All-Star Edition
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<p> The Backseat Drivers Fan Council weighs in on the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race from Charlotte Motor Speedway.</p>
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Members of the Backseat Drivers Fan Council don’t hold back on their opinions but the comments this week were as sharp and direct as they have ever been. They also weren’t afraid to express their opinions about their fellow fans — good and bad.

Keselowski Rolling, Kahne Gaining, Hall of Fame Voters Voting

The Long and Short of It
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<p> Following Jimmie Johnson's victory in the NASCAR All-Star Race, Athlon Sports contributor Dustin Long takes a spin around the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.</p>
2012

Brad Keselowski was smiling but you could sense the resolve in the 28-year-old after he finished second to Jimmie Johnson in last weekend’s Sprint All-Star Race.

“I think we’re a really young team that’s growing and getting better every week, every day and every hour,” Keselowski said moments after climbing from this car. “We got beat by a five-time champ. I think we’re doing pretty good, but I want that one more spot.”

The Best NASCAR has to Offer

Richmond, Talladega, Darlington and Charlotte stretch unequalled on schedule
<p> Athlon Sports contributor Vito Pugliese notes that NASCAR's month of May — with races at Richmond, Talladega, Darlington and Charlotte — is the best of the season.</p>
2012

Richmond, Talladega, Darlington and Charlotte stretch unequalled on Cup schedule

Much was made of the first five races of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule being run on diametrically diverse tracks. From the season opening restrictor plate Daytona 500, to the bumper-car bonanza that made up the closing laps at Martinsville, and the intermediate downforce contests in Las Vegas and Fontana.