CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jeff Gordon is mostly retired and Tony Stewart is almost out the door. Now Dale Earnhardt Jr. is sidelined for the rest of the year, exposing NASCARs glaring need for new stars to captivate the audience.The three big names who have moved the needle for NASCAR the past two decades have a combined seven championships, 168 career Cup wins and five Daytona 500 victories. More important, they are the household names for NASCAR, the ones who move the needle and make people pay attention.But Gordon called last year his last, only to be called back to the race car in late July when a concussion knocked Earnhardt out for the season. Stewart, meanwhile, has just 13 races left in his NASCAR driving career.He was in vintage form Sunday night at Darlington Raceway, where he seemed to intentionally wreck Brian Scott in a move that earned him a post-race sit-down with NASCARs bigwigs. Stewarts response to the incident? A wry smile and denial of culpability.NASCAR will argue the sport is bigger than one, two or three personalities, and that the stable is full of young talent to carry stock car racing deep into the future. Theres some truth to that and it stretches beyond Kyle Busch and Joey Logano.Kyle Larson is a week removed from his first Cup victory, a win that earned him a berth in NASCARs playoffs, and rookie Chase Elliott is a week away from securing his spot in the 10-race championship series. Austin Dillon could also make the Chase for the championship in next weeks regular-season finale, as could Chris Buescher, last years Xfinity Series champion who used a win at rain-shortened Pocono to slide into title contention.Ryan Blaney wont make the Chase, but the 22-year-old has been competitive and part of a new generation of drivers that NASCAR will have to rely upon once its superstars are in street clothes.The problem, though, is that none of these new faces are the complete package. They seem fun on Snapchat and other forms of social media, but put them in a firesuit with a live television camera and all the sparkle is sucked right out of their personalities.There are plenty of drivers with the talent of Erik Jones, William Byron or Daniel Suarez, but if they cant make a fan base fall in love with them, then what does it matter?Labor Day weekend has been celebrated the last two years in NASCAR as a throwback to its earlier days, when the racing was rougher and the men were tougher and drivers didnt hide from fans or media in million dollar motorhomes. They didnt complain about packed schedules, crowded garages or too many interview requests.They called everything like it was and fear of sponsor backlash didnt stifle many personalities.So it was fitting to see Smoke mete out his own justice on Sunday, and to hear Kevin Harvick succicitly blast his crew after yet another race was lost in the pits. Across the border, on a road course in Canada, two teenagers waged a furious drag race to the checkered flag with a bid in NASCARs playoffs on the line for Cole Custer.But John Hunter Nemechek didnt care, bumped Custers Truck from behind, then the two bounced off each others doors as their trucks hurtled through the grass and to the finish line. As if that old-school finish wasnt wonderful enough for every NASCAR fan who wistfully remembers the good ol days, Custer used a running start to leap into the air and knock Nemechek to the ground as Nemechek tried to collect the checkered flag.Now watch, Custer will be punished by NASCAR for his post-race WWE impersonation, and future displays of raw emotion from young drivers will be throttled. Its not that NASCAR needs the drama, the theatrics, the fisticuffs, to be successful. Its just that people need a reason to care, and listening to a driver reel off a list of sponsors between praising downforce and tire wear isnt the sexiest sell.NASCAR needs new superstars, and NASCAR needs them to be engaging, entertaining and excited to be part of the show. Somehow, that message needs to be conveyed to these young drivers before the fan base leaves with Gordon, Stewart and all the other stars from that romantic time when NASCAR was fun. Cheap NBA Jerseys 2020 . -- Ryan Blaney provided more evidence that Penske Racings No. Basketball Jerseys China . Only three players drafted by NHL clubs were included on the Czech selection camp roster on Wednesday. Those players were Dallas Stars 2012 first-rounder Radek Faksa, Winnipeg Jets 2013 fourth-rounder Jan Kostalek and Phoenix Coyotes 2012 seventh-rounder Marek Langhamer. http://www.cheapjerseysnbaoutlet.com/ . 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Im looking forward to the addition of a great player.The Stars, who have the top choice for the first time, had a 44 percent chance to secure the No. 1 selection based on having the worst combined record the past two seasons.A lot of fans supported us knowing that it wasnt about we were doing this season, but more the direction we were going, Riley said.The Washington Mystics will pick second. They had a 10-percent chance of securing the top pick.The second pick is really exciting for us, Washington coach Mike Thibault said. Where we are with our franchise, to get another good college player will help us a lot. Its a really exciting moment for our franchise.The Dallas Wings secured the third pick and the Los Angeles Sparks fourth. 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