PETTY PRESENTS JOHNSON WITH AWARD

So who gets nervous when Jimmie Johnson meets Richard Petty? Johnson? Petty? Both? Neither? Petty got a little loose at an award ceremony in Johnson's honor, but he recovered gracefully. The clip is from HBO's 24/7 Jimmie Johnson. 24/7 Jimmie Johnson Race to Daytona: Driver of the Year Award (HBO on YouTube) ...

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JOHNSON IS MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Jimmie Johnson - whom I recently thought of a good nickname for - on Monday became the first driver to win the Associated Press's Male Athlete of the Year award. OK, let's take the new nickname for a spin. Vanilla Nice (see how I combined his vanilla-ness and his nice-ness there?) received 42 votes from editors at U.S. newspapers that are members of the AP. In their 78-year history of giving out the award, AP voters never thought to give Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt Sr. or Jeff Gordon the award ...

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PAUL MENARD, YOUR DESTINY AWAITS

Following Sunday's race in Phoenix, Paul Menard takes a commanding 164-point lead in the FLOPPER (Finishes Last in Overall Points while Participating in Every Race) standings going into the final race of the year. So he has that going for him. Some notes of interest:1) Menard actually has fewer points than David Stremme, who has missed the last two races of the year.2) Menard is the only driver on this list with ZERO top-10 finishes this season. 3) The max difference between first and 43rd is ...

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MENARD PROBABLY NEEDS TO SKIP A RACE TO LOSE FLOPPER AWARD

The FLOPPER Award picture has cleared up considerably following last week’s race in Texas. My notes with two races to go:1) If Paul Menard leaves Phoenix more than 161 points behind the next driver, he will clinch the award. And people say Jimmie Johnson has made the Chase boring.2) David Stremme lost his ride to Brad Keselowski, so he's not in the running for the title anymore. Remember, you need to complete every single race to be in contention for the FLOPPER (Finishes Last in Overall P ...

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FLOPPER STANDINGS: JOHNSON NOT ONLY DRIVER RACING AWAY WITH A TITLE

After Sunday's very early wreck at Talladega, Paul Menard (pictured above) is running away with this year's FLOPPER award. His lead now rivals Jimmie Johnson's at the top of the Sprint Cup standings. Big congratulations to former FLOPPER contender Jamie McMurray who won the race this weekend. He had been in the standings consistently through two races ago. After four straight finishes of 28th or worse, McMurray took sixth at Martinsville and won Talladega. McMurray now has two of his three ca ...

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EARNHARDT JR. ENTERS FLOPPER RACE

Paul Menard has extended his FLOPPER lead, but that’s not the big news in the FLOPPER (Finishes Last in Overall Points while Participating in Every Race) standings this week. The big news is that Dale Earnhardt Jr. has cracked the top 10 after his disastrous race in Martinsville. It appears that the crew chief switch has not helped. As promised last week, I have provided a look at how much money each FLOPPER driver has made, and how much that actually comes to on a per-lap and per-mile ...

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LABONTE MAKING A RUN AT FLOPPER AWARD

Take heart, Paul Menard. Bobby Labonte's 31st-place finish at Charlotte inched him slightly closer to the FLOPPER lead. Not far behind Menard and Labonte, three other drivers are creeping within striking distance. And in the next group we find Sam Hornish Jr., who single-handedly spun himself out twice to bring out the first two cautions of last week’s race. Way to earn your FLOPPER status, Sam.I thought it would be interesting this week to include the prize winnings of each driver in this ...

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GORDON STILL LEADS FLOPPER STANDINGS

Time to update our FLOPPER standings, as we track the performance (or lack thereof) of the worst drivers to start every Sprint Cup race this season. Robby Gordon and Paul Menard are still holding down the fort. The good news for those two: Bobby Labonte was able to land a ride for the rest of the season, keeping him in contention for the title. Remember, you miss one race and you can't win the FLOPPER award. We saw strong performances in Atlanta from David Stremme, Menard and Gordon. They fi ...

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