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Redlined: Ten Reasons Why NASCAR Will Continue to Struggle in 2011

Exactly 10 years ago next month, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing was preparing to make its debut on the national stage.With Mike Joy, Larry McReynolds and Darrell Waltrip preparing to bring the call of America's fastest sport to a nationwide audience on FOX, NASCAR was riding high in 2001.Ironically enough, it may have been the very first race in NASCAR's national expansion that derailed their long-term hopes of competing with the NFL, the NBA, and Major League Baseball as the top sports brand in the United States.The death of Dale Earnhardt at the 2001 Daytona 500 (following Dale's own cryptic remarks about giving the fans "something they've never seen before") took the heart out of racing, at a point when it could least...

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