WHEN DOES DANICA RETURN TO NASCAR?

Mark your calendar. (Or don't. Because you're only going to hear about it 23,000 times between now and then.) Danica Patrick returns to NASCAR for the Nationwide Series race on June 26 in New Hampshire. Patrick's boss has all the confidence in the world in his driver. Oh, wait, what's that? Oh, he has the exact opposite of all the confidence in the world in his driver. "I think to be good in any one of these series any more, you have to be in it 24-7," said her IndyCar boss Michae ...

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LOL RACE PICS: JIMMIE PULLS DENNY ASIDE

 And Denny is saying, "I won by this much." Thanks to LOL Race Pics. Related links:Junior'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 ACSFore! ...

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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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