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Whitt slowly garnering success, spotlight

By Jill Erwin (NASCAR.COM, June 27, 2012). ELKHART LAKE, Wisc. — Cole Whitt doesn’t get a lot of headlines for a guy who’s running fifth in the Nationwide Series, and definitely not compared to his team owner (Dale Earnhardt Jr.) or teammate (Danica Patrick). But it sure feels like a lot to Whitt, who not […]

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Kahne scores third 600 win

By NASCAR Wire Service (May 28, 2012). CONCORD, N.C. — Kasey Kahne continued his emphatic turnaround Sunday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, handily winning the Coca-Cola 600 for the third time. In his 300th Sprint Cup start, Kahne posted his first victory of the season, his first since joining Hendrick Motorsports and the 13th of […]

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‘He could become iconic’

By Joe Menzer (NASCAR.COM, May 24, 2012). CONCORD, N.C. — The day after Darrell Wallace had finished a respectable ninth in his Nationwide Series debut at Iowa Speedway, the young driver’s cell phone rang. On the other end was a familiar voice. It belonged to Joe Gibbs, who was considerably more upbeat on his end […]

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Driver’s seat elusive for black racers

By Viv Bernstein (NY TIMES, May 19, 2012). HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — Darrell Wallace Jr. was playing Amateur Athletic Union basketball at 8 and perhaps on a path to college ball when his father bought him a go-kart after a trip to a local track. “He was good right off the bat,” Darrell Wallace Sr. said. […]

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These days, Evernham wears more hats than ever

By David Caraviello (NASCAR.com, May 5, 2012). CONCORD, N.C. — Ray Evernham doesn’t yell at the television when he’s watching races at home. At least, not anymore. “I’ve learned to not say anything until I know what’s going on,” said the three-time NASCAR championship crew chief, who is now a TV analyst. “The old me, […]

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Hamlin earns second win of 2012

By NASCAR Wire Service (NASCAR.COM, April 22, 2012). KANSAS CITY, Kan. — It was Denny Hamlin’s day in the sun. Taking advantage of changing conditions Sunday at Kansas Speedway, Denny Hamlin held off Martin Truex Jr. the final 30 laps to win the STP 400, his second victory of the season, his first at the […]

Hamlin steps up to stand down cystic fibrosis

By Paul Woody (Richmond Times-Dispatch, April 19, 2012). Before he even knew why, Denny Hamlin’s go-karts and stock cars carried a bumper sticker supporting the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis. Now that he knows why — his cousin Kevin Jones, 33, suffered from cystic fibrosis until he had a double lung transplant — […]