LUCK WINS RACES, NOT CHAMPIONSHIPS

Since his move to the Cup Series in 2002, Jimmie Johnson has recorded 48 victories and four straight championships thanks to fast race cars, great calls from crew chief Chad Knaus and a touch of luck. Sunday’s victory at the Auto Club Speedway was no exception. The dominant car on the day, Johnson’s race nearly took a turn for the worse when a caution flew as his team completed work on pit road. Able to beat race leader Jeff Burton to the pit exit, Johnson avoided losing a lap and wh ...

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JIMMIE JOHNSON WINS AUTO CLUB 500

FONTANA, Calif. _ Jimmie Johnson held off Kevin Harvick in the closing laps of the Auto Club 500 to collect his second straight win at his home track and the 48th of his career. The defending Sprint Cup champion led 101 laps, more than twice as many as any other driver. His seemingly never-ending run of good luck continued Sunday. Or, as Harvick put it, "They have a golden horseshoe stuck up their ass."  Johnson caught a big break on his last stop when he pitted right before a ...

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NASCAR VS. THE OLYMPICS

NASCAR faces stiff competition this weekend and needs to step it up to appeal to the fans who might flip over to the Olympics. The Great American Race couldn't hold a candle to its Olympic counterpart. (The first four days of the Olympics garnered over 28 million folks each night while only 13.3 million fans tuned in for great racing and potholes).This Sunday, the Olympics will feature Ski Cross, Biathlon, Ice Dancing, Canada vs USA Hockey and Women's Curling.  Here are a few simple changes ...

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AUTO CLUB 500 ODDS

Wow, did I screw up at Daytona.If anyone doubted this pick column concept was for the sake of fun and merriment, just look at my Daytona debacle from last week.In hindsight, I should have stayed away from any driver associated with Whopper Man,  jumped off Harvick’s lower odds and put my money on Clint Bowyer (same driver/better money maker if he won) and Jamie McMurrary, whom I will now dub Captain Restrictor Plate.What could have been was a $300 payout and $250 in profit. What did h ...

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As TV Viewership Increases, NASCAR’s Share Declines

According to The Nielsen Company, people are watching more TV than ever. Unfortunately, that isn't working to NASCAR's advantage. At least not yet. According to The Nielsen Company's "Three-Screen Report," the average American is now watching 151 hours of TV every month, up almost four percent over the same period the year before.While that number paints an unfathomably bleak picture of the "average American" -- people, please: 151 hours?!? That's damn-near ...

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