THREE DNFS DOOMED HAMLIN’S CHASE

When Denny Hamlin entered the 2009 Chase for the Cup, he did so with confidence. He won the fall Richmond race, claimed the fourth slot in the Chase and offered this warning to his competition: “They better watch us. This team is dangerous.”Hamlin backed it up early with a runner-up in Loudon. Then the Joe Gibbs Racing driver went to Dover, one of his worst tracks. A 22nd-place finish at the Monster Mile dropped him to sixth. Hamlin responded with a top-5 in Kansas. Then three poor f ...

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VICKERS WORST CHASER IN HISTORY

  Brian Vickers might need an IV of Red Bull today. He took home a dubious honor Sunday at the Ford 400 by finishing the worst run in Chase history.  This is the third year the Chase has involved 12 drivers. Vickers finished 723 points behind Jimmie Johnson. In 2008, Dale Earnhardt Jr. (really, he used to not stink so much) finished 12th. But Captain AMP was only 557 points behind Johnson. Denny Hamlin finished 12th in 2007, 580 points behind the new King.   Not only did Vick ...

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JIMMIE JOHNSON WINS RECORD FOURTH STRAIGHT SPRINT CUP TITLE

Jimmie Johnson won a record fourth straight Sprint Cup title at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday to continue one of the most impressive - and underappreciated - dynasties in all of sports. Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus, and their Hendrick Motorsports crew, are the most consistently dominant team in Sprint Cup history. No driver has ever accomplished a fourpeat. Only Jeff Gordon (four), Dale Earnhardt (seven) and Richard Petty (seven) have won as many or more championships than Johnson, who ...

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JIMMIE JOHNSON WON’T WIN THE CHASE

 Jimmie Johnson won't win the Chase. There. I typed it. When I read (thanks to Jay W. Pennell) that Mark Martin has gained 109 points on Jimmie Johnson nine times in his career I thought, "There has to be a way for Martin to do that on Sunday at Homestead." For everyone rooting for Martin, here is a list of those ways:  Tires The relatively new surface at Homestead cut or blistered several tires in last year’s race. Jimmie Johnson the driver might not screw ...

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IT’S A LONG SHOT, BUT MARTIN CAN STILL WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP

Jimmie Johnson’s win last weekend in Phoenix seemed to put the final touches on his fourth straight championship run. With just one race standing between him and a record-breaking fourth straight Sprint Cup trophy, all Johnson will have to do next weekend at the Ford 400 at Homestead is finish 25th or better to earn the title. Me? I don’t hear the fat lady singing just yet. (And yes I am looking in your direction, Eddie Gossage.) Hendrick Motorsports teammate Mark Martin still ...

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