BRAD & JIMMIE: THE HUNTER AND THE HUNTED

 It’s funny how a few short years changes things. The phenom becomes the cagey veteran, and the hunter becomes the hunted. Welcome to 2012’s two-horse race: the veteran Jimmie Johnson, in search of his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup championship- and Brad Keselowski- coming on strong in pursuit of his first title at the top level. It wasn’t all that long ago that Johnsn was the kid, chasing down his boss and mentor, Jeff Gordon. Though Keselowski gave up the points lead, it& ...

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WHO’S LAUGHING AT MICHAEL WALTRIP RACING NOW?

 For years, Michael Waltrip has been the clown prince of NASCAR, with commercials depicting the 2001 Daytona 500 winner showing up to race at the wrong track, and reading nasty fan mail mocking his performance. With a resume that pales in comparison to his brother Darrell, Waltrip has been a willing foil; the Bob Uecker of NASCAR, if you will. That caricature had carried over from his career as a driver to his role as team owner. While manufacturer Toyota struggled, Michael Waltrip Rac ...

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THERE’S A POWER TRIO IN CONTROL OF THE CHASE

Jeff Gordon may have it right. Not matter how well he’s run in the last two races, getting up front and really contending for a championship may be nigh upon impossible considering what is happening at the front of the pack; especially the top three. Kevin Harvick? I don’t think it’s his fault, but Richard Childress Racing is way off its game this year. The Jack Roush boys? You talk to some ardent Kenseth fans, and not only do they think their driver is getting thrown unde ...

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TEN WEEKS OF INTRIGUE

 A lot can happen in ten weeks. Does the name Tony Stewart ring a bell? With no clear front runner the 2012 run to the championship is ripe for another Stewart to come along and seize the day. Think about it, a wild card could win this season’s championship. Look at Jeff Gordon; the idea of him reeling off a run during the Chase isn’t as far fetched as you might think. Climb a mountain? Wonder Boy had to scale Mt. Everest just to make the top 12. Sure, he enters with a 12 p ...

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BRIAN VICKERS IS MAKING A CASE FOR A FULLTIME CUP RIDE

Six races. Three Top Tens. Three Tops Fives. Put another way, the story of Brian Vickers’ 2012 season may be entitled “Making The Most of Limited Opportunities.” He almost pulled it off at Bristol. It would do a great deal to ease the pain of the past couple of seasons. Can you imagine being in his shoes? After scratching and clawing to help get Red Bull Racing on the map, there seemed to be a payoff for “The Sheriff” when he pulled into victory lane for the ...

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