PENSKE, GANASSI BATTLE FROM INDY TO CHARLOTTE AS BUSCH WINS COCA-COLA 600

CONCORD, N.C. _ The day started off with a battle between Roger Penske and Chip Ganassi in the Indianapolis 500 and at the end of the night at the Charlotte Motor Speedway it came down to a battle of Penske versus Ganassi to settle the 51st running of the Coca-Cola 600. Dario Franchitti may have been able to get the job done for Ganassi in Indy, but Kurt Busch was not going to let his Penske car be beaten by a Ganassi owned ride. For much of the race Busch was the car to beat, leading 12 times f ...

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BRIAN FRANCE FORGING OWN LEGACY, OFTEN AWAY FROM THE TRACK

There is no doubt Bill France Sr. and Bill France Jr. have left a lasting mark on the sport of NASCAR. In fact, without Bill Sr., there would not be a NASCAR. After moving his family from Washington D.C. to Daytona Beach, Fla. with $25 and a bag of tools, "Big" Bill began his quest to organize stock car racing.With determination and a solid vision of the future, France built tracks such as Daytona and Talladega, stood up to the threat of a drivers' union and grew the sport from the cla ...

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COCA COLA 600 ODDS

Hello drawing board. I’ve been missing you. And like that stupid song on the radio, I need you now.After making fun of people who bet on all-star races, I bet on the Sprint Cup All Star-Race, stunningly lost (Jimmie Johnson got hosed, and I’m bitter) and now sit down a fake $350 as I bet every Sprint Cup race this year.This is why I sit back in front of the drawing board. Or more of a spreadsheet.   When the season began, we all made predictions about what we thought would ...

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BUSCH-HAMLIN FEUD ENDS — FOR NOW

CHARLOTTE_ Perhaps the highlight of last weekend’s Sprint All-Star Race was when Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin had a disagreement about a piece of real estate coming off Turn 2. With ten laps to go in the final segment, Busch got a run through the corner and looked to make a move on the outside of his teammate for the lead. Hamlin shut the door, forcing Busch to check up and he caught the wall. The incident killed their momentum and allowed Kurt Busch to make the w ...

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OFF TO THE BRICKYARD

I live near Charlotte, North Carolina in the heart of NASCAR country. May raceweeks is a busy time of year with a flourish of racing, tourism, and fan related activities. The brand new Hall of Fame has been christened and the inaugural inductees have been honored. And as the racing peaks with Memorial Day weekend, I am heading to the Indianapolis 500 for the third time in the last four years.My very first visit to ‘The Brickyard’ was in 2004. I was working at Michael Waltrip Racing a ...

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