The White Zone: NASCAR dropped the ball

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Kyle Busch summed it up, perfectly, NASCAR. “We started the race under a mist,” he said. “It never should have gone green to begin with, but then it kept getting worse and worse, lap over lap. The lap before I went into (Turn) 1 and it shoved the nose really bad and I was able […] READ MORE


Three Big Stories: Road America

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The more things change, the more stay the same. The NASCAR Cup Series returned to Road America for the first time in 65 years. During the Jockeys Made in America 250, Chase Elliott added to his case of being NASCAR’s all-time best road course racer. Denny Hamlin escaped Wisconsin, still the points leader. NASCAR still refuses to […] READ MORE


Three Big Stories: Pocono

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After the Pocono double, the crossed flags are out on the 2021 season. With both the Pocono Organics CBD 325 and the Explore the Pocono Mountains 350 in the books, there’s no shortage of storylines in the NASCAR Cup Series. Is Alex Bowman inching towards the next step in his development? Fuel mileage races (that’s the […] READ MORE


Three Big Stories: Nashville

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LEBANON, Tenn. — And just like that, the show ends and the tour heads for another city. Sunday marked the return of the NASCAR Cup Series to Middle Tennessee for the first time in 37 years. During the Ally 400, Kyle Larson continued his hot streak, Denny Hamlin‘s points lead evaporated and Nashville proved it belongs on […] READ MORE


Three big stories: Martinsville

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What’s not to love about Martinsville? Sunday wrapped up a wet, but chaotic race weekend in victory lane at Martinsville Speedway, NASCAR’s last charter track. Between Martin Truex Jr. developing into a short track racing ace, Denny Hamlin reminding everybody of his Martinsville prowess and the inconsistencies of NASCAR on rain delays, here’s what I consider the three […] READ MORE



Unpublished championship stories

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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

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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


Kevin Harvick Misses Championship Cut, Despite Late Rally

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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


What effect a larger spoiler played at Daytona

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For much of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season, one of the biggest criticisms levied at the high-downforce package was that it made passing the leader a Herculean task. I, myself, pointed this out many different times, this season. Sunday, however, was the exception to the rule, on the run to the finish. While Chase Elliott bested Denny […] READ MORE