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by Matt Taliaferro and Nathan Rush Location: Bristol, Tenn. Specs: .533-mile oval; Banking/Turns: variable (24°-30°); Banking/Straightaways: 16° 2010 Winners: Jimmie Johnson (March), Kyle Busch (August) 2011 Race Length: 266.5 miles/500...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
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by Vito Pugliese The 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup season is but three weeks old, yet off to one of its best starts in a decade. A genuinely thrilling Daytona 500 helped remind us why we started watching NASCAR to begin with, while Phoenix saw a...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
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by Matt Taliaferro Like every other NASCAR landing page on the web, Athlon Sports has a little fun each week ranking the drivers and teams of the Sprint Cup circuit. Our rankings go beyond how each finished the weekend prior and/or where they...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
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by Matt Taliaferro In Las Vegas, the hand you’re dealt doesn’t have to be great, just better than those you’re playing against. Such was the case on Sunday, when Carl Edwards outran a dominant Tony Stewart, who fell victim to a pit road penalty...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
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by Matt Taliaferro and Nathan Rush Location: Las Vegas, Nev. Specs: 1.5-mile tri-oval; Banking/Turns: 20°; Banking/Tri-Oval: 9°; Banking/Backstretch: 3° 2010 Winner: Jimmie Johnson 2011 Race Length: 400.5 miles/267 laps Track Qualifying...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
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by Mike Neff Generally speaking, everyone points to the 1979 Daytona 500 as the seminal point in the evolution of NASCAR as a sport of the masses. The famous end to that race, when Cale Yarborough and Donnie Allison crashed on the final lap,...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
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by Matt Taliaferro Like every other NASCAR landing page on the web, Athlon Sports has a little fun each week ranking the drivers and teams of the Sprint Cup circuit. Our rankings go beyond how each finished the weekend prior and/or where they...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
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by Matt Taliaferro Jeff Gordon looked and sounded more like an unlikely 20 year-old Daytona 500 winner than a 20-year veteran with four titles in Phoenix International Raceway’s Victory Lane. But when a driver, particularly one as decorated as...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
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by Matt Taliaferro and Nathan Rush Location: Avondale, Ariz. Specs: 1-mile oval; Banking/Turns: 9° and 11°; Banking/Frontstretch: 3°; Banking/Backstretch: 9° Tickets/Info: www.phoenixraceway.com 2010 Winners: Ryan Newman and Carl Edwards...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
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by Mike Neff Trevor Bayne won the Daytona 500, but that doesn’t mean he’s the early favorite to win the Sprint Cup championship. Listening to talking heads from ESPN to Bob’s Big Boy, Bayne is not only poised to win every race this season, but...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
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by Matt Taliaferro Like every other NASCAR landing page on the web, Athlon Sports has a little fun each week ranking the drivers and teams of the Sprint Cup circuit. Our rankings go beyond how each finished the weekend prior and/or where they...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
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by Matt Taliaferro A wide-eyed kid looked incredulously out the window of his Ford after doing burnouts on the Daytona International Speedway tri-oval, not sure of what he was supposed to do next. And he really didn’t; Trevor Bayne didn’t know...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
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Much has been made throughout NASCAR Speedweeks of the 10th anniversary of Dale Earnhardt’s death on the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500. Fitting tributes were the order of the week, with television programs produced and poignant displays of...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
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The Daytona 500 is right around the corner - and after that little football game that still needs to be played - the Great American Race is the next marquee sporting event on the sports junkie's calendar. To kickoff our 2011 NASCAR coverage,...
Braden Gall
3 years ago
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2011 Driver Countdown No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet Team: Hendrick Motorsports Owner: Rick Hendrick/Jeff Gordon Crew Chief: Chad Knaus Years with current team: 10 Under contract through: 2015 Best points finish: 1st (2006, ’07, ’08, ’09, ’10...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
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by Matt Taliaferro and Nathan Rush Location: Daytona Beach, Fla. Specs: 2.5-mile tri-oval; Banking/Turns: 31°; Banking/Tri-oval: 18°; Banking/Backstretch: 3° Tickets/Info: www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com 2010 Winners: Jamie McMurray...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
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by Matt Taliaferro Two-car drafts continued to be the story of Speedweeks on Thursday, when the field for the 53rd Daytona 500 was set via the Gatorade Duel races. Duel No. 1 came down to a green-white-checker finish when Michael McDowell’s...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
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2011 Driver Countdown No. 99 Aflac Ford Team: Roush Fenway Racing Owner: Jack Roush/John Henry Crew Chief: Bob Osborne Years with current team: 8 Under contract through: 2011 Best points finish: 2nd (2008) Hometown: Columbia, Mo. Born...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
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by Vito Pugliese The Daytona 500 has had a few choice nicknames foisted upon it over the last 53 years – chief among them, “The Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing.” That being said, if it is going to have such a grand title attached to it, might it...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
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2011 Driver Countdown No. 24 Driver to End Hunger/DuPont Chevrolet Team: Hendrick Motorsports Owner: Rick Hendrick Crew Chief: Alan Gustafson Years with current team: 19 Under contract through: Lifetime Best points finish: 1st (1995, ’97...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
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Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
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Random ruminations while at recess from racing: • Let me get this straight: Teams worked on their Daytona cars for months, brought them down in January to test, some went back and built new ones all the while carefully crafting a cooling system...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
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2011 Driver Countdown No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet Team: Stewart-Haas Racing Owner: Tony Stewart Crew Chief: Darian Grubb Years with current team: 3 Under contract through: n/a Best points finish: 1st (2002, ’05) Hometown:...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
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by Matt Taliaferro The name “Earnhardt” is synonymous with Daytona International Speedway. The late Dale Earnhardt won a total of 34 races and three poles at the historic speedway, while son Dale Earnhardt Jr. has 13 victories at the 2.5-mile...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
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Well, that was … unique. New-look cars (noses and paint schemes), average speeds well over 200 mph, a surface we knew was Daytona but sure resembled Talladega, two-by-two drafts that evolved into four-car freight trains and the second-place car...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago

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