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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