Darrell Waltrip. Cale Yarborough. Dale Inman. Glen Wood. Richie Evans. These five men helped shape the face of NASCAR ... and made a lasting impression on longtime beat writer Ed Hinton.
NASCAR has always been seen as a Republican's playground, but the truth is the sport has played both sides of the political fence quite well. Wednesday's visit to the White house will be the latest chapter in a long and storied history.
It always seems like NASCAR is in hot water one way or another, and the truth is, the sport hasn't dealt with that well at times. Now is not one of those times.
The previous five generations of NASCAR Cup cars had their day, and now it's time for "Gen 6" to debut. It's time to rate the past and look ahead to the future.
When the 2011 Chase began, few would have picked Tony Stewart to win the championship. When he did, it just showed that the new (now old) way was the best way for NASCAR.
After 17 years of turbulence in Indy cars and NASCAR, after three Cup titles, after 46 visits to Victory Lane, could it be that Tony Stewart is peaking now?
Denny Hamlin's win at Phoenix moved No. 11 into a tie with No. 43 for all-time wins in the Cup series. That begs Ed Hinton to ask: Which number means more in NASCAR lore?
In hindsight, the 48 team not winning a sixth straight Cup championship could have been the best thing -- at least for Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus.
Sure, you can watch every race as the NASCAR season unfolds -- and Brad Keselowski takes the Cup title -- but if you want to know what will happen now, our man has answers.
Title contender Tony Stewart began his verbal onslaught on Carl Edwards long before championship weekend. Will it ever end?
Ken Squier still has the voice that made him the best announcer in racing. Now in a very busy "retirement" in Vermont, everyone around NASCAR should listen to him again.
As the drivers take their annual break before the Brickyard, they can look back and see that "have at it, boys" was not just NASCAR lip service. Now are they really ready to let it rip?
For NASCAR fans hoping changes are coming to the Sprint Cup car -- aka Contraption Of Turmoil -- you can keep on waiting. The league seems convinced the car is not a problem.
Jamie McMurray won the race Sunday at Talladega, and Jimmie Johnson won the title. Oh, not officially for Johnson, not yet. But it will take a miracle to catch him now.
The best way to shake the summer doldrums in the Sprint Cup Series? Watching Carl Edwards perform one of his patented backflips would be a good start.
Any decent English teacher will tell you conflict makes the story. The fact that NASCAR has forgotten this -- and has proved it by squelching rivalries -- is at the root of the sport's problem.