Add “NASCAR Ambassador” To Jimmie’s Resume

His appearances at the White House have become so frequent, the President has suggested Jimmie Johnson get his own parking space. Barack Obama did add two stipulations: the six-time champion can't steal the Commander-In-Chief's parking space, and no burn outs allowed on the portico. As Johnson was honored Wednesday at the White House, Obama referred to the Californian as the "Michael Jordan of NASCAR." It's a fitting title. Love him or loathe him, there's no denying Jordan transcended bas ...

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Why Winners Win

"Teams that play together beat those teams with superior players who play more as individuals."- NBA coaching legend Jack Ramsay In a play on a "Foxworthyism"- if you go a dozen races without a win and they call it a slump, you might be a champion. Ha! There would be about 40 other drivers who would to have the kind of "slump" Jimmie Johnson just had. Were you like me, and when you saw that the 48 won the pole for the Coca-Cola 600, you thought "Here we go- it looks like Johnson will ...

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NASCAR’s Answer To Hank Aaron

"As far as I'm concerned, (Hank) Aaron is the best ball player of my era. He is to baseball of the last 15 years what Joe DiMaggio was before him. He's never received the credit he's due." - Mickey Mantle in Baseball Digest (June 1970) Sometimes greatness is achieved not by doing one spectacular deed, but by doing several things well over an extended period of time. Though he never hit 50 home runs in a season, Hank Aaron was for 33 years baseball’s home run king. Over the span of his 22 ...

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KAHNE & FRANCIS: NASCAR’S MOST UNDERRATED DUO?

 I can imagine the response now. “Really?” “Isn’t that like picking a dark horsein fantasy football? Doesn’t he have to be some kind of unknown?” Somepeople may consider Kahne overrated, given all the popularity, all thesponsorships, all the demand- given what he has (or hasn’t) accomplished. The point is well taken. There’s hauler full of NASCAR drivers who have bigtime talent, but languish in relative anonymity because of the quality of thei ...

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NASCAR’s Car Challenge Runs Deeper Than COT

 Not a week goes by in NASCAR nation when there isn’t a discussion about downward trends in track attendance and TV ratings, and there’s as many opinions out there as there are fans. And just as sure as there are a variety of complaint offered, there as many attempted fixes by NASCAR to try to address it, the latest being tweaks to the side skirts with the aim of creating less down force and greater ground clearance,by another inch. At the end of the day, the desired end i ...

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