Brian Vickers

Michael Waltrip Racing Hitting NASCAR Stride

MWR's Three-Car Team Leading the Toyota Charge in 2012
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<p> Michael Waltrip Racing's three-car team is putting up impressive numbers early in the 2012 NASCAR season.</p>
2012

In its sixth full season of Sprint Cup competition, Michael Waltrip Racing is making a push at becoming a powerhouse on NASCAR’s premier circuit.

MWR’s three-team operation has combined for five top 5s and 12 top 10s thus far in 2012. Spearheaded by Martin Truex Jr. and the No. 56 NAPA team, MWR finds its two full-time drivers — Truex and Clint Bowyer — in the top 10 in the point standings.

It's a Long Way to the Top for Michael Waltrip Racing

MWR experiencing banner year in 2012 with revamped driver lineup
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<p>  </p> <p class="p1"> Michael Waltrip Racing’s renaissance of 2012 has been one of the biggest stories of this NASCAR season. Just how far has this team come from the depths of despair? Vito Pugliese takes a look.</p>
2012

by Vito Pugliese

“I’m sorry guys, I just … can’t drive my racecar …”

Kasey Kahne Looking to Rebound

Dustin Long Takes a Spin Around the NASCAR Circuit
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<p> Following a wet weekend in Southern California, Athlon Sports contributor Dustin Long takes a spin around the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.</p>

by Dustin Long

Kasey Kahne is not panicking about the start to his season. He’s relieved, in a way, heading into this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway even though he’s 27th in championship standings.

The New King of the Mountains

Brad Keselowski outlasts Matt Kenseth for second straight Bristol win

by Matt Taliaferro

There’s something about the half-mile Bristol bullring in East Tennessee that lends itself to certain drivers.

NASCAR Hall of Famers Cale Yarborough (nine wins), Darrell Waltrip (12) and Dale Earnhardt (nine) each went on dominant runs at Bristol in the 1970s and ’80s. Rusty Wallace won nine of his own from 1986-2000. Jeff Gordon won five events from 1995-2002, while the Busch brothers, Kurt and Kyle, also have five wins each.

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<p> Brad Keselowski wins the Food City 500 from Bristol Motor Speedway.</p>
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2005 NASCAR Driver's Forum

Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Newman and three other drivers sit down with Athlon Sports and share what's on their minds
<p> Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Newman and three other drivers sit down with Athlon Sports and share what's on their minds</p>
2005

In celebration of Athlon Sports' upcoming 10th annual Racing magazine, we've dug into the archives to uncover some of the most memorable features, profiles and Q&As that have graced our pages. Visit the site daily for more retrospective looks at NASCAR throughout the decade.

The following feature was originally published in the 2005 Athlon Sports Racing annual:

NASCAR'S Younger Guns

A look at some of NASCAR's up-and-coming drivers
<p> A look at some of NASCAR's up-and-coming drivers</p>
2004

In celebration of Athlon Sports' upcoming 10th annual Racing magazine, we've dug into the archives to uncover some of the most memorable features, profiles and Q&As that have graced our pages. Visit the site daily for more retrospective looks at NASCAR throughout the decade.

The following feature was originally published in the 2004 Athlon Sports Racing annual:

For years, almost all of the fish swam into NASCAR’s biggest pond through one main channel. These days, that entryway seems more like a river delta.

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