STEWART VS. JOHNSON: 2012′s TITLE BOUT?

It was almost like watching Richard Petty vs. David Pearson. Lap after lap, the second place driver stalks the leader, looking for a bobble, a slide, a slip to pounce upon. Sunday at Las Vegas, there would be no mistakes on the part of Tony Stewart, defending three-time champion, versus Jimmie Johnson, winner of five consecutive Sprint Cup titles. Stewart stole away with the spoils, thanks to a bold pass on a re-start. It was the 13th time Stewart and Johnson finished a race 1-2, with Smok ...

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WHAT IS THE NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES?

It’s not the first time the question has been asked, but lacking a satisfactory answer, it seems worth another go. Yes, I know they race with a slightly different car, and there are some different drivers than what you see in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and they even race on different tracks every once in a blue moon. Aside from that, it looks like it’s a hybrid test session/audition for the Cup series. Unless you’re just a hard core racing nut (after all, there are only ...

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SONGS AS NASCAR AWARDS- 2011 EDITION

We have our music awards; we have our NASCAR awards. What if we put both together? Here’s the 2011 Edition of “The Lefties,” from you lefty blogger and All Left Turns….“Takin’ Care Of Business,” B.T.O. - Tony StewartPerfect fit for the driver sponsored by Office Depot. Smoke and the gang were gamers and made it happen when it counted. This is especially true of the departed crew chief Darian Grubb- who was a pro’s pro in spite on knowing he was go ...

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11 BIG NASCAR STORIES FOR 2011

From first time winners to a three time champion, there no shortage of story lines from the 2011 Sprint Cup season. There was a fair amount of good, a little of bad and even a bit of ugly to keep NASCAR nation abuzz.1. Wins matter in championship tie-breaker. With five victories in 10 chase races, Tony Stewart wins the tie-breaker in his sprint to the finish with Carl Edwards, whose average chase finish of 4.9 would be good enough to win a championship in most seasons. Without question, the 2011 ...

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STEWART’S SURGE IS GOOD FOR NASCAR

Going into 2011, NASCAR needed more than just a shot in the arm to reverse, or at least halt its move in the wrong direction. NASCAR needed a shakeup. NASCAR needed a good start with a good story coming out of Daytona. Enter Trevor Bayne, delivering the feel good win while driving for the legendary Wood Brothers- a team winless since the days of Elliott Sadler.NASCAR needed someone other than the usual suspects in Victory Lane. This season, fans have been treated wins by guys like Bayn ...

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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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