Drivers At Martinsville Like Hyenas At The Water Hole

Martinsville often equals madness, and for those who are into it, Sunday's race did not disappoint. One contender takes another out, there was a last lap pass for the lead, and fans in their minds have more clearly defined the black hats and white hats of the day. There's no skin in the game in the brouhaha between Denny Hamlin and Chase Elliott. One thought strikes me as I read Hamlin's apology on Twitter: you sure didn't seem sorry when you and Billy's boy were "talking" at the track in ...

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I Just Want A Race…Like They Have at Martinsville

I suppose I have to give NASCAR credit for trying. They've tweaked the rules and they've tweaked the rules nine ways to Sunday, all in the name of putting on a good event. There are those who have followed the series longer than this fan, but even in the decade that yours truly has been producing his thoughts for public consumption, there has been a dizzying array of changes. It doesn't seem from here, all the changes have produced a desirable effect. For me, it's real simple. I just want ...

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Kenseth At Kansas: How The Heck Did This Happen?

In all honesty, a serious championship run for Matt Kenseth wasn't in the cards. Consider his position going into Kansas for the Hollywood Casino 400. I'm not saying here that the 2003 champion stunk up the joint this year, but he's running nothing like he did in his first season with JGR. It's the way he got taken out- over one too many pit crew members going over the wall. It begs the question: how the hell did this happen? Who went over that wasn't supposed to? Why? Why did crew chief Jaso ...

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Who’s Still Contending After The Hollywood Casino 500?

Who will Lady Luck smile upon in the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas? Yes, expect your share of cheesy gambling puns. Some will have to go "all in" to even have a shot. Some will get nuts, others may roll snake eyes. THE LONG SHOTS If you're a betting fan, and you like long shots, there are two obvious choices. Jamie McMurray has historically been good enough to be considered a solid top twenty driver (no shame in that), but the Hollywood Casino 400 will likely be where he gets cleaned ...

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Championship Hopes Wadded Up At Talladega Superspeedway

Like demolition derbies? Sunday's race at Talladega Speedway offered up a high speed clash of cars. 36 cars involved in wrecks? Good grief, there should be bonus points for cars with clean sheet metal. Good luck finding one. Given the pack racing and the playoff implications, one must question (again) the idea of this race sitting right in the middle of the playoffs. This fan isn't saying trash Talladega Superspeedway. For yours truly, plate tracks offer an on the edge of your seat intrig ...

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