Jack Murphy

Is NASCAR Really a Sport?

As the race cars set up at the starting line, each and every driver feels the adrenaline rush of waiting for the green flag to wave. As the awaited moment finally comes, the cars speed off like 4-year-olds after an ice cream truck. The crowd screams as their favorite car takes off. NASCAR is fun to watch, but is this activity really a sport?

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Kenseth wins second Daytona 500

  • February 28, 2012, 10:55 AM

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- There was rain, fire, soap suds and fog in the most bizarre Daytona 500 in history.

When it was all over, Matt Kenseth was the only sure thing.

It wasn't even close.

Kenseth capped a crazy 36 hours for NASCAR by winning the first postponed Daytona 500 in 55 editions of the marquee event. He held off Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Roush Fenway Racing teammate Greg Biffle over a two-lap overtime finish in a race that was scheduled to begin Sunday afternoon but ended in the early morning hours Tuesday.

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Paul Ulane

Meet the Next Generation of NASCAR Stars

  • The Arena
  • Paul Ulane
  • February 23, 2012, 5:58 PM

When I was younger I played little league baseball with the hope of eventually cranking homers out of Yankee Stadium as a pro. A lot of kids today do the same thing. But not all sports have such widespread youth opportunities.

If you want to grow up to race NASCAR’s best speedsters, you have a much tougher road ahead. Racing Dreams, a new documentary debuting on PBS tonight, follows three kids trying to break into the professional racing circuit and all of the problems that accompany that dream.

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Download the New SI Kids 3D App Now!

Hold on to your seats! The SI Kids IN YOUR FACE 3D App is throwing you right into the action. You don’t have to be a sports fan to appreciate the exciting 3D photographs that jump out from your iPad. Based on the popular book, these 3D photos will truly make you feel like you’re part of the game. Get ready to catch a pass from Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, block a shot with NBA star Carlos Boozer, and cruise down a mountain with Olympic snowboarders.


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Jimmie Johnson Wins Fifth Straight Title

  • November 21, 2010, 11:33 PM

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) -- Jimmie Johnson wasn't the best all year. Not even close.

When it mattered, though, he couldn't be beat.

For the fifth consecutive year.

Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick took the champion all the way to the edge this season, waging the most serious threats yet to Johnson's reign atop NASCAR. More »

Duane Munn

Move Over Wendell Scott...

  • The Arena
  • Duane Munn
  • February 17, 2010, 7:42 PM

Courtesy of NASCAR

You guys should know the drill by now: every now and again, I use the space afforded to me at to point out some of the finest young sports talent in the country (And for those of you that don't know... check here. And here).

This week, I'd like to show some love to a youngster on the NASCAR circuit.

"Why NASCAR, Duane From NJ" (I can hear you!)? Well, because Sergio Pena -- in addition to the fact that he's arguably the finest driver yet to roll out of NASCAR's Drive for Diversity program (an initiative designed to increase the number of qualified minorities driving and working inside NASCAR) -- has managed to make a name for himself in racing circles at an age when he should be busy finishing his homework.

The 16-year-old debuted in NASCAR's K&N Pro Series, the top developmental series in the land, late last month, finishing second at the Toyota All-Star Showdown and giving 19-year-old phenom (and TAS Showdown winner) Joey Logano all he could handle in the process. Had he won, Pena  would've become the youngest driver ever to finish first at the Toyota All-Star Showdown, smashing Logano's current record by a full year.

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Danica Patrick Reportedly Joining NASCAR

  • December 8, 2009, 1:06 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- A person familiar with the plan says Danica Patrick has reached a deal to enter NASCAR with JR Motorsports.

Patrick will announce a partial Nationwide Series schedule at a Tuesday news conference in Phoenix, the person familiar with her plans tells The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because she has not officially announced her intentions.

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