Speedy Side: To the Powers That Be — Stop Repaving NASCAR Tracks!

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WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa — Column by Race Chaser Online Plains Region Correspondent Ethan Butler — Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images for NASCAR photo — I think we can all agree that NASCAR’s first five race weekends of the 2016 season have been pretty impressive, if I do say so myself. And for the record, it’s not solely because of the new low downforce …

Rear-View Mirror: The 2002 NAPA Auto Parts 500 at California Speedway; Johnson Grabs First Cup Win

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FONTANA, Calif. — Column by Race Chaser Online Correspondent Ethan Butler — NASCAR photo — When the NASCAR Winston Cup series pulled in to California Speedway (now Auto Club Speedway) for the 10th race of the 2002 season, everyone had their eyes on the veterans: Jeff Gordon, Dale Jarrett, Rusty Wallace and the like. No one expected a rookie to …

Rear-View Mirror: The 1995 Copper World Classic at Phoenix International Raceway

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AVONDALE, Ariz. — Column by Race Chaser Online Correspondent Ethan ‘Speedy’ Butler — ISC Archives via Getty Images photo — Phoenix International Raceway has seen a variety of racing over its long and storied history. The first-ever Copper World Classic took place in 1977, consisting of USAC’s premier Midget and Silver Crown divisions, but over the years CART and IndyCar also …

Speedy Side: Getting a Grip — Sunday Saw a Whole New Daytona

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WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa — Column by Race Chaser Online Plains Region Correspondent Ethan Butler — Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images for NASCAR photo — Every February, Daytona brings an anticipation and excitement that no other race track in the world can match. The drivers can feel it; the fans can feel it. It had been almost three months since the sweet sweet sound …