Articles tagged Dale Earnhardt Jr

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Long Shadow of the Man in Black

He raced hard, reaped the rewards and divided opinion. Even 10 years after his death Dale Earnhardt’s influence is still being felt in NASCAR It happened 10 years ago on the last lap of NASCAR's traditional season-opening Daytona 500. Everyone was jammed together in a massive pack, feet flat on the throttle in typical restrictor-plate racing style. Running third with no real hope of winning,...

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New King on the block

Gordon Kirby Brad Keselowski surprised many people with his powerful run to last year's NASCAR Sprint Cup championship. Keselowski won the championship in only his third full season in the Cup series with Roger Penske's team. In many races the 28-year-old looked like an old hand, often employing keen pitstop strategy to win five races and establish himself as the man to beat over the year's final...

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Events of the Month

Daytona 500 Rarely does the Daytona 500 provide much in the way of predictions about the outcome of NASCAR's 36-round Sprint Cup championship. Run with power-sapping `restrictor plates', which keep the cars jammed together in a giant slipstreaming pack, the 500 is more a lottery than a motor race. Typically, there are more than a few multi-car accidents which inevitably eliminate some of the...

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Gordon Kirby

Talent is not enough Regardless of what you may think about NASCAR, its field is much deeper than in any other major racing category. There are many competitive cars and drivers, which makes winning a championship very demanding. So to win five in a row is really something, yet Jimmie Johnson has done exactly that as well as recording a record 10th title for the mighty Hendrick Motorsports...

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Reflections

– Why Fernando Alonso is simply the best – How Alain Prost stoked the wrath of Ron Dennis – Mosport Park one day, Brands Hatch the next – The Rothmans 50,000: good idea, poor execution These days it always surprises me to hear Formula 1 drivers enthusing about the Hungaroring. It is very ‘technical’, they say, and satisfying to get into a low there. By contrast, in 1986, the year of the first...

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Around the houses

– Mecum Auctions – On May 19-23 Mecum is offering more than 1750 collector cars for sale at its Dana Mecum Original Spring Classic Auction. Among these are a handful of interesting Corvettes in the shape of a pair of 2003 Chevrolet Corvette C5-R racers (chassis eight and nine) and the first Corvette to be raced by Bob Johnson, a 1966 big block that is also known as ‘the 8 ball car’. The C5-Rs...

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Gordon Kirby – The US Scene

Toyota: the cars in front Kyle Busch has emerged this year as the man to beat in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series. The 23-year-old won five of the season’s first 16 NASCAR races and has taken a strong lead in the championship, more than 200 points clear of his closest rivals. In his fourth year in NASCAR’s premier division and his first with Joe Gibbs’ Toyota team, Busch has been a contender to win...

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Busch plans to chase every cup

This year’s other top NASCAR title contender is Kyle Busch (above left) who won eight races last year, his first with Joe Gibbs’s three-car Toyota team. Fast and confident, Busch seemed at Daytona to have tamed some of the youthful hubris which has got the better of him in recent years. Kyle turns 24 in May, and by then we’ll know how good he’s looking this year. At Daytona he was the man to beat...

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Nigel Roebuck

Reflections – Daytona, a track that knows how to treat its fans – Franchitti and Montoya on NASCAR’s challenge – Why Jimmie Johnson would love an F1 drive – Brian Redman honoured as ‘Grand Marshal’ Chip Ganassi grinned: “I love this race, it’s like a harbinger of spring…” ‘Harbinger’ is not a word one routinely hears in a motor racing paddock, but then this particular paddock was – for me – an...

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Stadium rock

It’s pure motor sport entertainment – drivers from different disciplines tearing round Wembley stadium to find out who is the best. And this year the Race of Champions celebrates its 20th anniversary By Ed Foster Was Senna better than Clark? How would Moss have stacked up against Schumacher? It can be fun to debate, but of course it’s ultimately futile. The best we can do is compare drivers from...

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