Garage Pass Blog

He was just a kid the first time I saw him at the racetrack. Now, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is a full grown man only a couple of days away from ending his Monster Energy Cup Series career.  The Junior Nation may be dreading it, but he's not.

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Posted by Mark Garrow

Heading into Phoenix three drivers have already confirmed they have booked a great Championship Four meal at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Unfortunately, five others have made reservations, but there's only a table for one.      

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NO APOLOGIES NECESSARY

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

When the opening race of the Playoff's third round was over a number of drivers were mad at each other and the frozen fans at Martinsville Speedway were booing so hard the steam coming out of their mouths hovered over the track like fog.  They were boiling despite the plummeting temperatures and I was loving every minute of it, having watched the finish from the grandstands.

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THEY DID WHAT RACERS ALWAYS DO

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Being called a "racer" in this business is the highest compliment you can give someone and for those who don't follow this sport the "racer" mentality is something they really can't comprehend or fathom.  That's why insiders could cheer how the Furniture Row Racing team dealt with a tragedy competing in Kansas last weekend while some outsiders couldn't understand why they didn't pack up and go home.

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DALE JR.'S GOING TO BE A DADDY

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Everything Dale Earnhardt, Jr. does is big news to the Junior Nation and the world at large.  Some of it is his last name and some of it is because many of us have watched him grow up in front of very own eyes.  That's why people like me can stand from afar and think isn't it great Junior has found a great wife, has a great life, and now the two are expecting their first child.

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TRUEX CARRYING A HEAVY LOAD

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

At times, NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series race drivers seem larger than life, but we shouldn't forget they're human and subject to the same emotions all of us go through when life punches you in the gut. As it is for all of us… sometimes it's just too much to handle.  

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NASCAR AND THE NATIONAL ANTHEM

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Given the recent controversy over some NFL players kneeling or sitting during the national anthem, it's interesting some have tried to paint NASCAR as politically incorrect for their stand on honoring the United States of America before every race.  What they don't understand politics has really nothing to do with it. 

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BRAD AND KYLE - WHAT CAN YOU SAY?

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Just as the Monster Energy Cup Series playoff was getting underway last week, Brad Keselowski fired another shot at Toyota, claiming they had an unfair advantage. In response, Kyle Busch dropped an "F-bomb" and the war of words was really on

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AMBULANCE ARRIVES BEFORE THE CRASH

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Usually, you find ambulances responding to wrecks, not causing them. But that's what happened at Richmond and, while unfortunate, it just goes to show that no matter how hard NASCAR works human error can undo any carefully laid out plans.

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One of the most confusing things to explain to new fans of NASCAR, and even some old ones don't completely understand, is a driver on the Monster Energy Cup Series having an "encumbered" win, one that shows up on his stat page in the record books, but in others ways doesn't count at all.

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