The Pit Report
Dale Earnhardt Jr. to make 500th NASCAR Cup start

Dale Earnhardt Jr. turns 39 on Thursday and two days later, the immensely popular driver will make his 500th career start in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series.

The milestone start will be at Saturday night's race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the same track where Earnhardt made his first Cup start in 1999 at the age of 24.

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Define 100 percent racing

Maybe Brad Keselowski’s comments in the pre-race drivers’ meeting spun out Kyle Busch before the green flag fell.

After Keselowski was wrecked by Busch in Saturday’s Nationwide Series race while contending for second place with 12 laps remaining, he promised to exact revenge. While he never got close to Busch on the track Sunday, his question for the sanctioning body to further define 100 percent racing was his first shot across the bow.

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NASCAR Turned Upside Down

These are strange times in NASCAR, where everything has turned upside down in the blink of an eye.

Michael Waltrip Racing is fighting for its survival in the wake of a race-fixing scandal and a driver who woke up two Mondays ago in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship is now looking for a job. Sponsors are taking a stand, too — against a team over ethics, maybe even against NASCAR for the perception that all teams are not treated equally.

A single-car team based in Colorado suddenly has the most desired seat in the garage, and when the music stops, a pair of respected veterans and the Nationwide Series championship leader may be left standing without rides because the youth movement has clearly taken over.

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