JIMMIE JOHNSON IS SUPERMAN

OK, so I was half-right before the season began. I said there would be a “drive for five” -- I just picked the wrong guy. There never will be any convincing some detractors, but with what he accomplished in 2010, Jimmie Johnson added more proof that he is the greatest driver of our era, worthy of the moniker bestowed upon him him by Mark Martin, a driver who’s raced a few greats and should know. Yes, Jimmie Johnson is, indeed, Superman.With five NASCAR Cup titles, Johnson trail ...

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HAMLIN’S SLIDE, HARVICK’S PENALTY COSTLY

Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick cost themselves a championship on Sunday. Well, at least Hamlin did, who knows what happened with that Harvick speeding penalty? We can trust the integrity of the pit road speed monitoring system, right? Right? Hamlin's slide, Johnson's penalty prove costly as Johnson wins title (AP) ...

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THE CASE FOR DENNY HAMLIN

Ah, the angst! You would think by the way some are writing it up, Denny Hamlin’s done for the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship, and the trophy engravers are already at work on preparing Jimmie Johnson’s fifth title in as many years.Not so fast! A good argument, no, several good arguments can be made that Johnson’s “Drive For Five” has hit debris. Consider...It’s still Denny’s lead to lose. Yes, a 15 point is not a 58 point lead, and it’s not eve ...

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STAGE SET FOR WILD WEST SHOWDOWN

Hollywood couldn’t write a better script. Certainly the NASCAR brass couldn’t gin up a finish like this, regardless of what the conspiratorial types may think. There’s just two races and three drivers still very much in the championship discussion, and all of them can make a case for being the favorite come high noon (at least here in the West it is) at Phoenix International Speedway.The race couldn’t come at a better time for points leader Jimmie Johnson. The champion fi ...

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HAMLIN, HARVICK HOPEFUL IN HOMESTRETCH

The racing gods must be smiling. Certainly, the powers that be at NASCAR have to be. With three races to go, a mere 38 points separates the three remaining contenders for the NASCAR Sprint Cup title.Who would have thought we would actually be looking forward to three races on three intermediate tracks? As we will see, Texas, Phoenix and Homestead- Miami offer sufficiently level playing fields for championship hopefuls Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick as they seek to dethrone four-time defendi ...

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HAMLIN MATCHING JOHNSON’S MOXIE

Just who does this Denny Hamlin think he is? He ends last season by saying he’s gunning to knock Jimmie Johnson off his perch. Then Hamlin defies logic by tearing up his knee playing hoops. Then he follows that up with surgery, and then goes out and wins a race just following surgery. As if that’s not enough, the outspoken challenger essentially blows off Sonoma because there’s no road course in the Chase. Then the topper: he predicts a victory at Martinsville&he ...

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FOUR DRIVERS REMAIN IN CHASE TITLE FIGHT

At Sunday’s race in Fontana, would-be championship contenders went down faster than Michael Spinks at the hands of Mike Tyson. Just about everybody south of Tony Stewart is either throwing in the towel, or down for the count.Tony Stewart got bum-rushed at New Hampshire and fell to the canvas at Dover, before taking a mandatory eight count and gathering his wits at Kansas. The win at Fontana provided a good whiff of smelling salts, offering Smoke more than just a puncher ...

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IS BIFFLE’S VICTORY AT KANSAS A GAME CHANGER?

Going into Kansas last weekend, Greg Biffle needed a big finish. He came in dragging a string of disappointing finishes dating all the way back to Atlanta. One more Sunday finishing among the back markers, and Biffle’s run at a historic NASCAR triple crown (he’s also a past champion in CWTS and NNS competitions) would be over for 2010. Thanks to his victory at Kansas, “The Biff” gets more than just a morale boost.Sunday’s victory also did a nice ...

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AAA 400 ODDS

The first race of The Chase tells a story. But even this one seems stunning for Hollywood.After Tony Stewart’s fuel mileage cost me 50 fakes dollars, leaving me down a fake 130 bucks for the season, we know there are drivers who seem to be on the outside looking in. Others find themselves in thin ice. Some are looking awfully good. Who fits is what’s surprising. Outside Looking InIn theory, Clint Bowyer, Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart are toast. Someone tenth or worse in the standi ...

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2010 CHASE WINNER PREDICTION

Twelve drivers will attempt to make history. Eleven will fail.As the 2010 Chase for the Sprint Cup begins Sunday at Loudon, I think back to a failed prediction of 2009, when I boldly stated that nobody was going to win the 2009 Chase. Jimmie Johnson proved me wrong.This year, I decided to change things up and use past history to predict future success. It’s a terrible concept for Wall Street, but I’m not Gordon Gekko. Here’s why history shows 11 of the 12 Chasers are in for a r ...

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