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Unpublished championship stories

During a sports journalism class I took at the University of Tennessee, my professor — Phil Kaplan, south region assistant sports editor for USA TODAY Network — invited writers to speak to us, tell us about their experience on the job. One of those speakers was Mike Wilson, Tennessee athletics beat writer for the Knoxville […] READ MORE

Chase Elliott rebounds from pre-race penalty to win championship

Chase Elliott climbed out of the car and lied his head on the roof for a moment; absorbing everything. Then he hopped off and jumped into the arms of his pit crew. After his trackside interview with NBC, he walked over and hugged his father, Bill Elliott, and mother, Cindy Elliott. “All you can dream […] READ MORE

The White Zone: Elliott takes next step with Cup title

Anybody who watched Chase Elliott race super late models in the 2010s realized he was a generational talent. His XFINITY Series championship in 2014, his rookie season, reinforced it. His development progressed in the Cup Series, winning Rookie of the Year honors in 2016. He’s made the playoffs every year of his Cup career and won […] READ MORE

Harvick misses championship cut, despite late rally

Kevin Harvick found a secluded spot in his motorhome and talked to the media. Sporting a hoodie and glasses, he answered everyone’s questions like the professional he is. Not one to wear his heart on his sleeve, but not the stone cold stoic, either, he hid his disappointment well. Most people wouldn’t take missing the cut […] READ MORE

The White Zone: NASCAR has an identity crisis

Kevin Harvick summed up the problem with the NASCAR playoffs. “That’s the system that we work in and it’s obviously skewed more towards entertainment than the whole year,” he said. NASCAR stared into the abyss for years. Now, it’s staring back at us. NASCAR is at an identity crossroad. What we witnessed, Sunday, at Martinsville […] READ MORE

Kyle Busch saves enough to end winless drought

For Kyle Busch, the question was simple: Did he have enough to make it on fuel? Wednesday, the answer was yes. While’s he’s out of the championship battle, Busch saved enough fuel in the closing laps of the rain-delayed NASCAR Cup Series Autotrader Echopark Automotive 500 to win for the first time in 2020. Yeah,” Busch […] READ MORE

Kyle Larson to No. 5 Hendrick car in 2021

Let’s be honest. Most of us saw this Kyle Larson news coming. Hendrick Motorsports announced, Wednesday, that Larson will take over the No. 88 Chevrolet (renumbered No. 5 for 2021), vacated by Alex Bowman, in the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season. “Kyle is unquestionably one of the most talented race car drivers in the world,” team owner […] READ MORE

Cup race delayed to Wednesday, due to rain

Rinse, repeat, you know the drill by now. For the third day in a row, NASCAR postponed the Autotrader Echopark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, due to rain. The 34th race of the NASCAR Cup Series season will resume Wednesday at 3 p.m. NBCSN will carry the broadcast. PRN and SiriusXM will carry the […] READ MORE

Advertising a race weekend at Bristol

EDITOR’S NOTE: Tucker White originally wrote this story for a college course he took at the University of Tennessee. He uploaded it here to fulfill the requirements of another assignment of that same course. Like many other race tracks in 2020, Drew Bedard’s plans for Bristol Motor Speedway hit a speedbump with the COVID-19 pandemic. The […] READ MORE