Tag Archives: Dale Earnhardt

The (Kyle) Busch Series Problem

“…the next Dale Earnhardt.”

Those words were spoken not in description of Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Larson, Austin Dillon or even Dale Earnhardt Junior. They were said by Doug Yates back in August of 2006 to praise non-other than David Gilliland.

“David who?” you might ask. I don’t blame you if you’ve forgotten, seven years is a long time in the world of sports. You most recently would have heard Gilliland’s name called on the final lap of the Aaron’s 499 earlier this year Talladega when he pushed Front Row Motorsports teammate David Regan to his second career Sprint Cup win. Continue reading

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A Month of NASCAR, Day 3: 2000 Cracker Barrel 500

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTLknbC0c0E

I can remember watching this race, sitting on the floor of the living room as Bobby Labonte drew closer and closer to Dale Earnhardt in the closing laps.

But I can clearly remember my heart beating in my chest as the camera on the front of the Interstate Batteries #18 followed the Goodwrench Chevy down the back stretch.

It’s been awhile since there was a finish like this at Atlanta, but this one is a keeper.

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Talladega

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=la52ZQBdv2w

In a month I’ll be attending the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Super Speedway with my dad and my two friends Mason and Brian. It’s long been a dream to be able to attend a race at the longest superspeedway in the United States.

For anyone who thinks auto racing is boring, this is the track that proves them wrong. Lap after lap, 43 cars race at 200 miles per hour inches from each other’s fender, trying to avoid “The Big One.” One wrong move and it’s over for a hopeful drive and anyone unfortunate enough to get caught up in the mess.

I’ve watched a lot of restrictor plate races over the years and without a doubt it’s the most exciting type of racing in NASCAR. I was able to visit the track two summer’s ago with my family and of the few tracks I’ve visited, with the exception of Indianapolis Raceway Park: Texas, Atlanta, Kansas, the Brickyard and even Daytona, Talladega is the track that’s felt like pure NASCAR. It hasn’t been exploited for mainstream money making purposes like Daytona, and it’s not a cookie cutter track like Kansas.

Atlanta is just a smaller version of Texas, which is just like Charlotte. Talladega is a beast unto itself. Sure, it’s similar to Daytona, but there’s nothing like the the last dash to finish at Dega, where cars can be as much as 4 or 5 wide going through the tri-oval.

This is the first of many NASCAR/Talladega posts I’ll bring to you in the month leading up to the race on May 6th.

As the video above shows, amazing things can happen at Talladega, as Dale Earnhardt won the 2000 Winston 500 after coming from 17th place to win in the last 5 laps.

Please share your own Talladega and NASCAR memories. What does Talladega mean to you?

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End of an Era: 19 going on 20

    This is it folks. The last day of the greatest chapter of my life so far is now under way. I’ve already graduated from High School and I won’t be walking down the graduation aisle  in college till 2013. So what day is it? … Continue reading

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Jimmie Johnson Wins Again: Good Luck Next Year NASCAR

     I’ve always been a defender of NASCAR to people who called it boring because of the continuous “left turns” or whatever other reason. But now I can’t help but join the ranks of people who can’t stand to watch … Continue reading

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