JEFF GORDON: NASCAR’S GAME-CHANGING DRIVER

21 years ago, almost all of us had a phone on our wall or on an end table. Email was something guys with thick glasses and pocket protectors used. On demand TV? Wasn't that what happened when you yanked the remote control out of your kid brother's hand? If Rip Van Winkle were awakening today from a 20-year snooze, he'd find the world has changed a lot since that November day in 1992 when Jeffrey Michael Gordon made his NASCAR Winston Cup debut. NASCAR has seen more than its share of chang ...

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2013 BOJANGLES SOUTHERN 500 ODDS

 The 2013 Sprint Cup season isn’t even one-third of the way complete, but odds makers clearly have a Fave Four.  Here’s how a sizeable shift in the numbers will influence how you should watch Saturday’s Southern 500.   Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Kasey Kahne are all 8/1 or lower. Denny Hamlin, who hasn’t run in a month is 8/1, but he at least has the best average finish among active drivers here. Kahne is 12th among active ...

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SUNDAY THE GIANT KILLERS PREVAILED

A David pushes a David to score a win for one of NASCAR’s “little guys.” How many people here get Front Row mixed up with Furniture Row? You mean David Ragan is still racing? Who’s that’s “Gilligan” guy that’s his teammate? And just who the heck is Bob Jenkins? NASCAR Nation, meet Front Row Motorsports! Ok, they're not quite THAT obscure, but thanks to their thrilling victory at Talladega, this week we have a fresh batch of story lines, and we ...

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2013 AARON’S 499 ODDS

NASCAR’s biggest track is NASCAR’s biggest crapshoot.  Talladega is known for the unknown. Big speed. Bigger packs. The biggest wrecks in racing. All of this makes picking Sunday’s Aaron’s 499 nearly impossible. Check this out:  The two favorites are 10/1. Favorites all season have been 7/1 or less. Sure, these numbers are small. But it’s a 30 percent discrepancy, which is a big number in any sport.  Jimmie Johnson has six Sprint Cup titl ...

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WHY KURT BUSCH IS GOOD FOR NASCAR

Kurt Busch is most definitely good for NASCAR. Right now, you’re either thinking I’ve been smoking Oregon’s number one cash crop, or I am being as honest as Ol’ Slick Willie about Ms. Lewinski. Like him or not (and for the record, I am not saying I’m a fan), Kurt Busch is a needed presence in the sport. Why? First of all, Kurt races to win. One need look no further than Saturday night. His dash for cash contained no animus for anyone in his path, he had a race ...

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2013 TOYOTA OWNERS 400 ODDS

Denny Hamlin won’t race Saturday night, but his impact is already being felt. Next to Martinsville, Richmond might be Hamlin’s best track. In 14 career starts, Hamlin has two wins and nine finishes of 10th or better.  With Hamlin still injured and unable to drive Saturday night, the numbers have made a major shift.   Kyle Busch being the favorite isn’t a surprise. Being below 5/1 is. As an extension, Matt Kenseth,  Kasey Kahne and Clint Bowyer have a ...

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‘SHUT UP & DRIVE” HE SAID!

Want to be famous? Get into the NASCAR Sprint Cup series and cross Danica Patrick. How many of you actually knew David Gilliland was still racing before Sunday? I figured as much. Usually the journeyman driver is good for a top ten or two every year, and that’s not that bad considering what Gilliland is working with as a driver for the modestly-funded Front Row team. Aside from that, you would have to be a pretty serious fan to remember his career launching win in the Nationwide Seri ...

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2013 STP 400 ODDS

Dear Brad Keselowksi, Having lived in Michigan for six years, I admire your guts, opinions, determination and dedication. So I say this with as much due respect as possible. Stop trying to be the Stone Cold Steve Austin of NASCAR.   Drinking beer, dropping bad language and fighting the man make for a great character in scripted entertainment. It sells shirts and seems like a great deal of fun. Sprint Cup champions should have fun. They should be able to speak their mind an ...

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EXPERIENCE HAS TAUGHT KYLE BUSCH WELL

 You hear coaches say you learn more from failure than you learn from success. Put another way, it is said in racing that to win a championship, you must first lose one. It wasn’t too many years ago, Kyle Busch was reeling off wins, smashing guitar trophies, talking smack to Dale Jr., and making friends and enemies in equal numbers. Then, adversity showed up; Busch got busted for tangling with the opposition, he got parked by NASCAR and the burning Busch probably came a little c ...

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2013 NRA 500 ODDS

NASCAR doesn’t make any sense right now. It’s impossible to write about Sprint  Cup racing, see the title of this column and not address the 800-pound gorilla in the room.  Regardless of where you stand on the issue, there’s no good way to address it Saturday night. It’s not a matter if is something clunky happens, but how soon.  There are plenty of other mindboggling things in play that are more appropriate for Team FOX  to discuss. For example: ...

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