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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