Tom Time: Cue the Wish List; Five Things I’d Like to See in NASCAR’s Near Future

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CHARLOTTE, N.C.- – Column By Race Chaser Online Senior Editor Tom Baker – Photo Credit   – The 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series banquet took place last Friday, and with the final words from the stage came the checkered flag both on the season and on Jeff Gordon’s “transcendent” (thank you, Tom Cruise) career. There is still the matter of …

Tom Time Blog: Hey, Nobody Asked Me, But…

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Blog By RaceChaser Senior Editor Tom Baker – Photo Courtesy NASCAR/Getty Images – Hey, nobody asked me, but… Junior and Jeff…’Chase favorites? The rise of both Junior and Jeff Gordon to the top of the NASCAR ‘Chase grid can only increase interest in the Sprint Cup “playoffs” this year.  Whether you personally cheer for them or not, these two racers …

Tom Time Blog: Why Junior Could Be Poised For a Breakout Year

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Blog by RaceChaser Online Senior Editor  Tom Baker – Photo By Getty Images/NASCAR “The real reward for winning the race is seeing the joy it brings other people.” – Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in an interview on ESPN’s Sportscenter – February 25, 2014 That quote says alot about Dale Earnhardt, Jr. In the years since his father’s death I have often …

NASCAR Sprint Cup: Junior Set To Make 500th NASCAR Sprint Cup Start

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Only 33 drivers have started 500 races in their NASCAR Sprint Cup Series careers, but this Saturday in the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Dale Earnhardt Jr. plans to add his name to that elite list. Fourteen years ago in May 1999, the Kannapolis, N.C., native made his series debut at his home track. The then-24-year-old driver started eighth …

Coca Cola 600: Solid Season, Experience Gives Junior Optimism

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NASCAR Media You could say Dale Earnhardt Jr. has some catching up to do. He’s winless at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where his Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne boast a combined 15 victories. The track hasn’t spun Junior out. But he hasn’t quite conquered the 1.5-mile layout either. Earnhardt’s record is so-so: five top fives and …