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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