The 3 Car Returns to Daytona, But in the End the #88 Captures the Flag

The 3 Car Returns to Daytona, But in the End the #88 Captures the Flag

Last week, if you read or listened to coverage of the Daytona 2014 SpeedWeeks events leading up to the “Great American Race,” conversation revolved around the controversial return of the #3 car to Sprint Cup Racing. Throughout his career, Dale Earnhardt, Sr.—the Intimidator=#3=Daytona—owned the crowd. A bronze statue welcomes fans to the Speedway where he died February 18, 2001. It’s impossible to see the #3 without thinking about Earnhardt. Everyone knew the day was coming… Austin Dillon, grandson of Richard Childress, the owner of NASCAR’s #3, had raced with the 3 and won championships in both the Camping World Truck Series and the Nationwide Series. No doubt he’s ready to move to Cup racing… but would the #3 car...

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Forget the Groundhog. It’s Daytona—Spring’s Finally Here!

Forget the Groundhog. It’s Daytona—Spring’s Finally Here!

After an unusually long, cold, snowy and icy winter (for the South), the parade of haulers making their ways South heralds the beginning of Speed Weeks—nine glorious days of celebration leading up to the Daytona 500. NASCAR is back! Do not pretend to understand the new rules, infractions, deductions, or the Chase qualification or elimination system. Plenty of time for that. Right now, it’s enough to hear the roar of engines, watch the new cars take the track for the first time, and just enjoy the experience of Speed Weeks. You may have heard that on top of the ice storm that hit Georgia and the Carolinas, a 4.3 earthquake registered in that region (centered in Augusta, GA) Friday evening. Best tweet of the week: @ESPNMcGee: All those people were right!...

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No, Y’all, a Couple Inches of Snow Does NOT Bring Atlanta to its Knees

No, Y’all, a Couple Inches of Snow Does NOT Bring Atlanta to its Knees

Last Tuesday’s #SnowJam2014 wasn’t the first, nor will it be the last time that the 15-county Metro Atlanta Area grinds to a painful halt over a few inches of snow. Doesn’t happen often…maybe once every ten years. But when it occurs, the results are epic. Mention the 1973 Ice Storm, SnowJam 1982, the Blizzard of 1993, the Ice Storm of 2000, 2011′s #Snowmageddon and now SnowJam 2014, and Atlantans can recite stories of where they were and what happened to them during each of these events. During the lucky years, the snow or ice fell on weekends and most people stayed put, even through five days without power (1973); Blizzard of ’93; Ice Storm of 2000; 2011 Snow Event of the Century that brought twelve-plus inches of snow...

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Countdown to Daytona 2014—the 3 Car is Back

Countdown to Daytona 2014—the 3 Car is Back

It will be 13 years since the #3 car has competed in a Sprint Cup Race… February 18, 2001. NASCAR lost one of its greatest drivers during the last lap of the Daytona 500. Dale Earnhardt, who won six of his seven Cup Championships driving for Richard Childress Racing, is forever immortalized with that iconic slanted 3. For twelve years, the revered 3 car remained parked. No driver could fill the shoes or take on the legacy left by Earnhardt. Not even Dale Jr. who drove the 3 Wrangler car once in a Nationwide Race in Daytona, but vowed never again. NASCAR fans keenly felt Dale Sr.’s absence on the track. The absence of the black Goodwrench 3 car somehow represented an appropriate expression of grief and respect. No one could or would replace The...

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All Things Considered, Two Out of Three Not Too Shabby

All Things Considered, Two Out of Three Not Too Shabby

Not often you get the opportunity to actually knock two items off a Bucket List (Sports Bucket List in this case.) Last weekend we headed Way Way North to Montreal to: 1) See an Original Six match in the Montreal Canadiens’ home arena, the Centre Bell; 2) Watch Favorite Team (remember #TeamlessInAtlanta?), the New York Rangers play; 3) Witness New York Rangers’ Vezina-winning goalie Henrik Lundqvist play in person. The stars aligned perfectly for this trip. It’s next to impossible to score tickets to see the Habs in the Centre Bell. Season tickets are passed from generation to generation. Flying from Atlanta to Montreal—rather pricey—and then there’s that issue of securing an affordable hotel. Serendipitously, an invitation to...

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