GIBBS OFFERS HIS THOUGHTS ON FINE

POCONO, P.A. _ Less than a week after learning his driver Denny Hamlin was hit with a fine for questioning NASCAR’s decision to throw debris cautions on the social networking site Twitter, team president J.D. Gibbs spoke with Jay W. Pennell about the penalty and his reactions. “We knew pretty early on,” Gibbs said of the penalty. “My thing was just make sure, it wasn’t so much his ideas or his thoughts, so much as how he communicated them. I think was the big ...

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THE SECRET TO NASCAR’S BABY CRAZE

Add Jeff Gordon to the long list of expecting NASCAR fathers this summer. In the last few weeks Jimmie Johnson and Juan Pablo Montoya have been showered with baby gifts thanks to their own new editions. Summer is a popular time for NASCAR babies: Matt Kenseth (July 2009) and Gordon (first child June 2007) with a Sam Hornish baby on the way.  If you turn back the clock nine months, all these drivers were in Homestead, Fla. for the last race of the season. What makes Southern Florida so sexy ...

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NEWMAN & STEWART HAVE CONFLICTING STORIES

The controversy over NASCAR’s decision to secretly fine drivers Denny Hamlin and Ryan Newman has raised many eyebrows. Few drivers know the details of what took place and those that do are saying very little. NASCAR, of course, is saying nothing at all.As if things were not complicated enough already, our own Jay W. Pennell reports on Frontstretch.com that Newman and team owner Tony Stewart seem to have their stories mixed up.  To make matters worse, when asked to clarify their commen ...

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HAMLIN FINED THANKS TO TWITTER

Think Twitter is just another pointless social networking tool? NASCAR does not seem to think so. Friday at Pocono Raceway, Denny Hamlin said it was a conversation on Twitter that drew a hefty fine by NASCAR. SI.com’s Tom Bowles takes a look at what Hamlin had to say about the issue and, after some digging, found the conversation that got Hamlin in hot water with NASCAR. Hamlin believes Twitter conversation cost him hefty fine (SI.com) ...

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NEWMAN ADMITS TO BEING FINED

POCONO, P.A._ News leaked earlier this week that NASCAR had fined two of its top drivers for comments they had made criticizing the sport publically. The sanctioning body never announced the fines, nor did they say who the drivers were or what they had said. Thanks to a leak, The Associated Press filed the story and started one of the most talked about controversies of the season.Friday at Pocono Raceway, Ryan Newman confirmed he was one of the two drivers fined by NASCAR. While ESPN had reporte ...

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