ESPN The Magazine Has a Need for Speed

NEW YORK, NY – February 11, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – With NASCAR season just around the bend, ESPN The Magazine’s current issue focuses on something we have had a long and complicated fascination with: speed. From fastballs to fast cars to fast runners, the Speed Issue covers it all. In “Quick Learners,” The Mag writer Marty Smith takes a look at Ricky Carmichael’s surprisingly successful transition from motocross to NASCAR.

“Is too much change in NASCAR happening all at once?”

ESPN The Magazine’s NASCAR Preview also features expert predictions on who will be leading the pack and who will be lagging behind in the 2011 season and shines the spotlight on Kevin Harvick, who is finally embracing his place in the sport. AND.. In “Punt, Pass, Pit,” The Mag writer Ryan McGee explains how Hendrick Motorsports’ pit crew combine looks a lot like the NFL version.

ALSO… Anonymous NASCAR “Driver X” makes his debut with his first column in a series of unfiltered looks into the sport with a piece that answers the question, “Is too much change in NASCAR happening all at once?”

Speed Issue Features:

How To Crash
Drivers know they’re going to crash. Which is why they also know how to survive a crash. So let them show you. Just in case. By Eric Morse

Rush to Judgment
The 40-yard dash is a make-or-break moment for football players. How’d that happen? By Eddie Matz

“Gone is Gone”
Everyone is trying to find a way to put the brakes on UConn’s Kemba Walker. It’s a fool’s errand. By Elena Bergeron

Slow and Steady Wins the Planet
Ancient hunters once chased their prey until it dropped. So, in a way, our love of long-distance running is just us getting back to our roots. By David Fleming

They Grow Up So Fast
Don’t knock all-star cheerleading. These grade-school girls are as seriously competitive as Peyton Manning. By Samantha Shaprio

Terminal Velocity
The sad-but-common tale of a prospect who lost six miles on his once-intimidating fastball. By Tim Keown

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