Denny Hamlin Wills His Way To Victory

Is it possible for a race car driver to will his way to victory? In other sports, you can run faster and push harder, and it just might work. Auto racing is a different breed of cat, yet somehow, Denny Hamlin kicked in the afterburners on his number 11 car and shot like a rocket past Martin Truex Jr. to win the Bojangles Southern 500 Sunday at Darlington. For this fan, that kind of cat and mouse chase between Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. is edge of your seat television. You watch that gap ...

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Sports Fans & Participants Attach Special Meaning To Numbers

Starting next season, Chase Elliott's car will bear the same number his legendary father once used. Longtime fans will easily remember the number 9 and think of Awesome Bill from Dawsonville. Along with 44 wins and a championship, Bill Elliott was a 16 time winner of NASCAR's Most Popular Driver Award. Sports fans are funny about numbers. Football fans will forever associate 34 with Walter Payton, and the 18 with Peyton Manning. NBA fans think "Michael Jordan" when they see the 23. In bas ...

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Relaxed, Regrouped And A Tip Of The Cap To Jeremy Clements

Are you ready for some racing? If you're like this observer, it's nice to catch a break in mid-season to re-group and recoup. Got caught up on some projects around the house, finally had a church service finish without me rushing out the door, and it also provided ample opportunity to take stock of the season so far. First- our hats off to Jeremy Clements. Who? Jeremy Clements is the journeyman driver who pulled off the unlikely with a victory in the Xfinity Series at Road America. I've s ...

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If You Are Richard Petty Motorsports, Who Do You Choose?

If the rumors are correct, Richard Petty Motorsports is considering a choice. Is it an easy choice? Maybe, maybe not. Is this the mere exchange of a middling driver for another? It could be. It could be a game changer. According to one report, as Richard Petty Motorsports talks sponsorship with Smithfield Foods, there's talk that the team is considering a change of drivers. One one hand- you have journeyman Aric Almirola. On the other, there is the up and coming Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. ...

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Politically Incorrect NASCAR Driver? Kyle Busch Is Your Man

Looking for a politically incorrect NASCAR driver? A number of fans have lamented they no longer exist. Do you read all the laments by fans that racers have become corporate friendly automatons? Yes, NASCAR has developed- perhaps to its detriment- a more polished look over the years. Rugged Richard Petty has given way to genteel Jimmie Johnson. Yes, NASCAR and its participants have recognized the need to represent their benefactors (read that "sponsors") well. That means effusive thanksgi ...

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