WINNERS KEEP THEIR COOL

“Sports do not build character.They reveal it.” Sportswriter Haywood Hale Broun may have been on to something, though he had passed from the scene long before Sunday’s NASCAR race at Martinsville. Much of the focus will no doubt be on some of the bad behavior during race, but what of the drivers who did it right? Their respect for others and self-restraint will be celebrated here.Jimmie Johnson admits there was a temptation to bang doors withTony Stewart on the final re-start t ...

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QUIET, COOL KENSETH IS THE STEALTH CANDIDATE

It’s really not rocket science, in spite of how the talking heads want to spin it: to win a championship you must be consistent, and you must be a winner. It’s simple, but it’s not easy. Kyle Busch leads the way with four wins, but finds himself in a tie with Jimmie Johnson, who this year has been remarkably consistent, but has just the singular win at Talladega.Among the serious contenders are other drivers in similar circumstances. Kevin Harvick got hot early but has tai ...

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WHY SEVERAL NASCAR DRIVERS REBUFFED OBAMA

An invitation to the White House doesn't arrive in the mail every day, but several NASCAR drivers rebuffed Obama as if it was an invitation to Joey Logano's birthday party. President Obama invited the 2010 Chase drivers to the White House, but four drivers (Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart, Greg Biffle and Kevin Harvick) declined citing “prior commitments”.What prior commitments would prevent these drivers from a private meeting with the commander in chief? Even the Green Bay Packers accep ...

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KESELOWSKI: WINNING RACES, WINNING FANS

He’d be a perfect candidate for What’s My Line? If you plunked Brad Keselowski down on a stool at your local sports bar among a group of guys, and you asked patrons to guess which one was a top 12 NASCAR driver, there’s a good chance he’d rarely be the first choice, or even the second. Upon revealing HE was the guy, the more common response might be “Who? Him?”It’s “Average Joe Comes To NASCAR.” That’s the growing appeal ...

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FORGET HISTORY, KYLE’S IN CHAMPIONSHIP FORM

With his win at Michigan, Kyle Busch is heating up in a fashion similar to his brilliant summer of 2008. Since winning at Kentucky on July 9th, he’s had one bobble (a 36th at Dover), a 10th place run at Indy, and thee top fives, capped off by Sunday’s run to the checkered flag in the Irish Hills.Critics may say they’ve seen this before. True enough, after snapping up wins right and left in his first season at Joe Gibbs, Shrub collapsed in the Chase, prompting him to s ...

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NASCAR PERSONALITIES WHO SHOULD RUN FOR PRESIDENT IN 2012

Hot off the heals of Iowa's straw poll, the news is ripe with presidential candidates jostling for the 2012 Presidential election. No clear leader has emerged with fresh ideas to inspire the American people which means America needs a fresh start. America needs someone with the nerves of steel to ride door-to-door at 200mph, the endurance to last six hundred miles at Atlanta and the patience to sit next to Kyle Busch in a drivers' meeting. NASCAR isn't going to politely visit the White House; It ...

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BEAT THE HEAT WITH TIPS FROM NASCAR DRIVERS

NASCAR drivers know heat. Drivers don thermal firesuits to ride in cars with no air conditioning, except for their helmets, where track temperatures at midsummer races can reach 120 degrees. The strategies these drivers employ to beat the heat can be useful to fans as unprecedented heat waves have swept the nation. All along the east coast thermostats are rising faster than Kyle Busch's speedometer in school zones. A few Southern cities have seen temperatures higher than Jeff Burton's forehead d ...

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THERE’S A LOT RIDING ON DAYTONA

Between some of the hijinks at Sonoma, and given the way the standings are shaping up in the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup standings, there may be as many fireworks during the race (or at least the end of it) as there is after it. Look closely at the standings, and you can see why. For some, there’s a golden opportunity to fortify their position at the front. For others, a Daytona victory may be their last best shot.For 2010 winner Kevin Harvick, this could become “Separation Saturday.&rdqu ...

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JEFF GORDON SCORES HISTORIC POCONO WIN

Sunday afternoon at Pocono Raceway, Jeff Gordon joined some very elite company in the NASCAR history books. By scoring the win in the 5-Hour Energy 500, Gordon moved into a three-way tie with Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip on NASCAR’s all-time win list with 84 victories. The only two drivers with more victories than the driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet are Richard Petty and David Pearson. “I really can't even express in words what it means to tie Darrell Waltrip and Bobby Allison at ...

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NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE: WHERE WAS THE ACTION?

CONCORD, N.C._ By the look of Carl Edwards' race winning car, it appeared the 2011 Sprint All-Star Race had lived up to it's promises. But looks can be deceiving.The television hyped the All-Star Race up as a race where “the gloves come off” and “revenge” could be had. Charlotte Motor Speedway used terms like “showdown” and called it a race where “it will all be settled for $1 million.” Yet in the end, the only fireworks came from&nb ...

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