IS HAMLIN CHAMPIONSHIP A POSSIBILITY?

What are we seeing here?Denny Hamlin crossed under the checkered flag first after 400 miles at Michigan. He held off Kasey Kahne and Kurt Busch, the other two strongest cars in the field, during the closing laps. That is the basic picture of Sunday afternoon. But the bigger picture shows us Hamlin may be a serious title contender.Maybe. The Virginia native raised a Cup race-winning trophy for the fifth time in 15 championship events in 2010 and second in a row. He is third in Cup Series stand ...

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IS NASCAR FABRICATING LATE-RACE CAUTIONS?

What's up with all of the late-race cautions this season? Good question. Tom Bowles points out: "Attendance and revenue are down sharply, and the economy's taken its toll on sponsorship, ownership and driver development. Add in declining TV ratings, and NASCAR needs to put its best foot forward to turn the tide before renewal contracts begin in 2011." A conspiracy theorist might conclude that NASCAR is trying to jack up the excitement of the races artificially. And by conspiracy theori ...

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HAMLIN BENEFITS MOST FROM SPOILER

Remember when Jimmie Johnson was unstoppable? That was before NASCAR introduced the spoiler mid-season. Now Johnson is suddenly very stoppable and Denny Hamlin -- winner of Sunday's race in Michigan -- has emerged as a championship contender. Johnson out. Someone else in. Who said the governing body doesn't listen to its fans?  Hamlin's winning streak could spoil Johnson's 'Drive for Five' (SI.com) ...

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KYLE BUSCH FEUDS: A LIST

Cory McCartney over at SI.com has compiled a list of Kyle Busch's top five feuds. How McCartney whittled the list down to five, we have no idea. Sadly, New Kyle Busch versus Old Kyle Busch did not make the cut. Thankfully, Kyle Busch versus Dale Earnhardt Jr. did. The link to the list is after the jump. Kyle Busch's five greatest feuds (SI.com) ...

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HELUVA GOOD! SOUR CREAM DIPS 400 ODDS

For a sport struggling to find its identity, Sunday’s race is like a trip home for a college student.Michigan’s automakers are like the grandparents of NASCAR. Every driver on tour used their technology, power and support to get to Sunday’s Helluva Good 400! Sour Cream Dips 400.  But the health of those proud giants has turned for the worse, and many hope to see these larger than life figures return to their prior glory, or at least keep on keeping on. Listen to drivers ta ...

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