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April 20, 2014

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Observations from Saturday night’s NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway

Tony Stewart is the early favorite to win the hard-luck award this season. His flat tire with less than three laps to go in the Coca-Cola 600 robbed Stewart of a certain victory. …

It’s hard to believe that Stewart still is winless a third of the way into the season. Most people would have bet that Stewart would have been the first Joe Gibbs Racing driver to win a race this year. …

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is putting together the type of season that wins championships. He doesn’t have a win in 12 races but is third in points with nine top-10 finishes. …

Sam Hornish Jr. had a strong two weeks at Lowe’s Motor Speedway -- second in the Sprint Showdown, seventh in the All-Star race and a career-best Cup finish of 13th in the Coca-Cola 600 -- but it’s too early to proclaim the former IndyCar driver has mastered stock cars. ...

Speaking of IndyCars, Tony George at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway needs to push the start of the Indy 500 back so that NASCAR drivers again can compete in both the Indy 500 and Coca-Cola 600. …

NASCAR talks a good game when it comes to diversity, but there were three women competing in the Indy 500 on Sunday and NASCAR is at least several years away from having a female in its top series. …

Has any driver arrived on the NASCAR scene with more fanfare -- and expectations -- than Joey Logano? His Nationwide Series debut Saturday at Dover International Speedway for Joe Gibbs Racing has been three years in the making and virtually everyone who has seen him race is expecting big things from the 18-year-old.

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