REUTIMANN’S FIRST WIN AS LEGIT AS HIS SECOND

We’ve all seen how David Reutimann had to answer questions, make apologies and offer excuses for his Charlotte 600 win in May 2009.He never should have had to.Reutimann’s second career NASCAR Cup Series win came in a more traditional way. Saturday night he had the best car and was the best driver when the time counted. The checkered flag unfurled in the Chicago night air and he was simply out front. Far more races have ended this way than not.But his first career win was looked upon ...

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CHANGES TO THE CHASE

Change might be coming to The Chase, as talk of an elimination-style format has started to bubble. In this case, change may not be a good thing. Enter Denny Hamlin, voice of reason. "I hate the constant change," Hamlin said. "Nothing ever stays the same. Our sport was originally designed to crown the champion after 36 weeks and that is because this is a sport where if somebody else makes a mistake, it can cost you. No other sport, if another team makes a mistake, you're the o ...

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VICTORY LANE RAIN TASTES MUCH BETTER

David Reutimann won last year’s Coca-Cola 600 – one of the most prestigious races of the year. The longest event of the season, the 600-mile event at the Charlotte Motor Speedway is a test of endurance and fortitude, yet last year it took two days to complete. Mother Nature had the upper hand for most of the weekend, but it was a bold call by crew chief Rodney Childers that kept the No. 00 of David Reutimann out of the track as the rains came. Finally, the rain got the upper hand tha ...

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CAVS OWNER ANGRY OPEN LETTER TO NASCAR

I am Dan Gilbert, owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and I'm furious about a lot of things.  First and foremost is the cowardly betrayal of our fair city by LeBron James.  But I'm equally angered by the state of NASCAR today. After writing my letter to the fans of Cleveland I was moved to write a second letter to NASCAR.Here are the things in NASCAR that make me, Cavs Owner Dan Gilbert, nearly as angry as thinking about LeBron:1. No Camaro?What are you doing Chevy?  No one wants to ...

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JEFF GORDON WILL WIN IN CHICAGO

Jeff Gordon will win in Chicago this weekend. So says SI.com's Tom Bowles, who writes, "Averaging a 5.8 average finish in his last four starts in Chicagoland, this team is already knocking on the door with four straight top-5 finishes. With J.J. still winless at this place -- one of the more difficult venues for the No. 48 -- it's time for their shopmates to steal a little bit of the spotlight across the way." Yes, but we all know how Jimmie Johnson races right after he has had a baby. ...

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