Denny Hamlin

2011's 13 Tough Questions and the Politically Incorrect Answers

A no-holds-barred look at the most pressing issues alive on the NASCAR touring series today
<p> A no-holds-barred look at the most pressing issues alive on the NASCAR touring series today</p>
2011

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.

Article originally published in 2011 Athlon Sports Racing annual

1. What’s to blame for NASCAR’s sagging television ratings and attendance?

2010's 13 Tough Questions

NASCAR's toughest questions and the politically incorrect answers
<p> NASCAR's toughest questions and the politically incorrect answers</p>
2010

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.

Article originally published in 2010 Athlon Sports Racing annual

1. Should NASCAR “Jimmie-proof” the Chase by rotating the venues that host the events?

Who is this kid? Getting to know Denny Hamlin

Athlon Sports helps introduce the racing world to NASCAR's 2006 Rookie of the Year
<p> Athlon Sports helps introduce the racing world to NASCAR's 2006 Rookie of the Year</p>
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2006

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.

Article originally published in 2007 Athlon Sports Racing annual

2006 NASCAR Rookie Class

This year's class of rookies may be the deepest in NASCAR history
<p> This year's class of rookies may be the deepest in NASCAR history</p>
2006

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.

Article originally published in 2006 Athlon Sports Racing annual

Texas Motor Speedway

Previewing NASCAR's AAA Texas 500

by Matt Taliaferro and Nathan Rush

Race: AAA Texas 500
Track: Texas Motor Speedway
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
When: Sunday, Nov. 6
TV: ESPN (3:00 p.m. EST)

Specs: 1.5-mile quad-oval; Banking/Turns: 24°; Banking/Quad-Oval: 18°; Banking/Straightaways: 5°

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<p> Athlon Sports previews Sunday's AAA Texas 500 from Texas Motor Speedway, NASCAR's eighth race in the Chase for the Championship.</p>

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Martinsville Speedway

Previewing the Tums Fast Relief 500

by Matt Taliaferro and Nathan Rush

Race: Tums Fast Relief 500
Track: Martinsville Speedway
Location: Martinsville, Va.
When: Sunday, Oct. 30
TV: ESPN (1:30 p.m. EST)

Specs: .526-mile oval; Banking/Turns: 12 degrees

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<p> Athlon Sports previews NASCAR's sixth race in the Chase, the Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway.</p>

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Do Not Doubt Jimmie Johson

Despite poor Chase start, history shows Johnson still the driver to beat

by Mike Neff

For the last four years on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit, the mantra has been the same at the start of the Chase: Jimmie Johnson doesn’t have another title in him this season. Or crew chief Chad Knaus is behind the times. Or this will be the closest Chase ever. Or, quite simply, Johnson’s luck will run out. Yet somehow in each of the last four seasons, Johnson and Knaus have mastered the last 10 races better than the rest of the Chase field.

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<p> Athlon Sports contributor Mike Neff warns that, despite Jimmie Johnson's slow start to NASCAR's Chase, he should never be counted out. And history proves him to be correct.</p>

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Two'fer Tony Stewart

Stewart wins second straight, assumes NASCAR Chase lead

by Matt Taliaferro

Most had written off Tony Stewart as a legitimate 2011 championship contender — including himself, if you believed his words in the midst of a 27th-, ninth- and 28th-place string just six weeks ago. After all, his No. 14 team was winless through NASCAR’s 26-race regular season, averaging a pedestrian 14.2-place finish with only three top 5s.

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<p> Tony Stewart won his second straight race to lead off NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup with a win in the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.</p>

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Smokin' Start to the Chase

Tony Stewart wins first Chase race at Chicagoland Speedway

by Matt Taliaferro

Just days ago, Tony Stewart called himself an underdog in the Chase for the Championship. Two weeks prior, he wondered aloud whether his No. 14 team even deserved a spot in NASCAR’s playoffs. On Monday, Stewart proved he’s no underdog — and he surely belongs in the company of title contenders — as the two-time Cup champion kicked off the Sprint Cup Series’ Chase by saving enough fuel to outlast the field in the GEICO 400 from Chicagoland Speedway.

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<p> Tony Stewart captured his first win of the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup season in the sport's first Chase race at Chicagoland Speedway.</p>

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