What does it take to be a success in NASCAR? Maybe a psychologist

What's the best route to success in a sport that can wear down the strongest minds? Hiring a sports psychologist -- and channeling a little John "Animal House" Blutarsky -- may not hurt, writes David Newton.

Updated: September 26, 2008, 3:16 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

DOVER, Del. -- Dr. Jack Stark listened with great interest Sunday as the television aired radio communication between Rick Hendrick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. during the Chase opener at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

He marveled at the calming effect the owner of Hendrick Motorsports had on NASCAR's most popular driver, who was upset that a bad set of tires turned a five-second lead into a huge deficit.

He applauded the way Hendrick made the point that his driver might be ...

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