ONE CONTENDER HAS THE TOTAL PACKAGE

 It’s shaping up to be a handicapper’s headache: 2012 is one of those wide open years where no one driver dominates. It sets the stage for a driver to catch fire a la Tony Stewart in 2011 and sweep in for the vaunted Cup from amidst the cast of seeming thousands. In reality, there seems to be three kinds of contenders running at the front of the pack. First of all, you have the drivers who have the wins. Stewart shocked the NASCAR Nation by reeling off some early seasons. B ...

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A ROAD COURSE FIGURES INTO THE CHASE RACE

 More than once you will hear a NASCAR fan opine that there should be a road course included in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase schedule. You can count yours truly among that number. This Sunday’s Finger Lakes 355 at The Glen may not be on the NASCAR’s “playoff” schedule, but rest assured, it may very well affect who gets there Jeff Gordon vaulted himself into relevancy with his win at Pocono, now holding one of the wild card spots. There must be a bit of a smile on ...

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MYTHBUSTING: NASCAR IS A REDNECK SPORT

 If you talk to some uppity sports fans, they think a typical NASCAR fan’s Sunday follows a predictable routine. They stagger out of bed with a pounding head sometime around 9 a.m. and throw on a pair of shorts that should have been thrown out five years ago, and their cleanest dirty sleeveless flannel shirt. After a pot of coffee as thick as roofing tar and a breakfast of Jimmy Dean sausage, eggs over easy and biscuits ‘n’ gravy, they hop in the ‘72 Ford pick- ...

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WHY JEFF GORDON WILL MAKE THE CHASE

 Don’t like “points racing?” This season, Jeff Gordon is your guy. I could go on about how fans who accuse drivers of playing it conservative know nothing about the competitive spirit, but that would be a digression. Besides, no one need look further than old Super G to find a racer driving with purpose over the next 16 events. A lot of “Monday Morning Quarterbacks” are writing off the four-time champion as if he is NASCAR’s Mariano Rivera. I wouldn& ...

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LUCK IS WHERE PREPARATION MEETS OPPORTUNITY

 NASCAR has its own answers to the Chicago Cubs. As a fan, it’s hard not to feel for drivers like Martin Truex Jr., A.J. Allmendinger and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Week after week, there are glimmers of hope and moments of brilliance. In Truex’s case, he dominated the race, and yet it was Denny Hamlin wrestling away the spoils at Kansas. That lucky son of a gun, how does he do it? A lot of people were thinking it. How many races do the above mentioned drivers go out and set sail f ...

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