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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LIFELOCK.COM 400 ODDS

It’s time to play the game. Even if I don’t want to play.After my Four Horsemen tribute fell apart like Sam Hornish’s career, I’m now down a fake 275 dollars. And the odds for this week’s race in Chicago stink. Worst odds of the year. Uglier than HHH’s nostril. Check out this schnoz. Now that I can continue the pro wrestling theme for another week, here’s why I have no desire to wager fake money on this race, and how I plan to probably lose another fake ...

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REMEMBERING THE FINAL NASHVILLE FAIRGROUNDS CUP RACE IN 1984

The Nationwide and Cup tours roll into Chicago this weekend. The Windy City has held the traditional post-Independence Day date since the speedway began hosting major league NASCAR races in 2001. But it wasn’t always that way.A little weekly short track accompanied with an old-fashioned fairground used to hold the very same date. Nashville, Tenn., formerly hosted the then Grand National Series in its second of two annual 420-lap races.The setting is a grassroots level racetrack that stages ...

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COULD RACE CARS ONCE AGAIN LOOK LIKE FACTORY MODELS? IT COULD HAPPEN

Will Sprint Cup cars once again resemble factory models like they did in the old days? At last Friday's Nationwide race, the new Dodge Charger and new Ford Mustang hit the track for the first time and NASCAR brass was paying attention. Wasn't it nice to see cars that did not look like the rest of the field? At least in the Dodge Charger's case? Maybe you should let NASCAR know how you feel: fanfeedback@nascar.com.  New cars rolled out in Nationwide (SI.com) ...

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LOL RACE PICS: THE PLEDGE

Go forth and do this bidding.Props to LOL Race Pics. Related links:Blame GordonJimmie's golden horseshoe and Jeff's recklessness win the dayJimmie pulls Denny asideJunior's beard wincesSilence of the Rocket ManTony Stewart food runDarrell Waltrip bustedAmish Stewart fanStealing Kyle's flagTarget practiceSasquatch Earnhardt Jr.Kyle goes to Walley WorldI'm Tony Stewart ... Ting!Kyle is the new BobDrink responsiblyThe Incredible CarlWhat Carl Edwards saidDanica Patrick FAILPhoto finish at ACSFor ...

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