LUCK WINS RACES, NOT CHAMPIONSHIPS

Since his move to the Cup Series in 2002, Jimmie Johnson has recorded 48 victories and four straight championships thanks to fast race cars, great calls from crew chief Chad Knaus and a touch of luck. Sunday’s victory at the Auto Club Speedway was no exception. The dominant car on the day, Johnson’s race nearly took a turn for the worse when a caution flew as his team completed work on pit road. Able to beat race leader Jeff Burton to the pit exit, Johnson avoided losing a lap and wh ...

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NASCAR VS. THE OLYMPICS

NASCAR faces stiff competition this weekend and needs to step it up to appeal to the fans who might flip over to the Olympics. The Great American Race couldn't hold a candle to its Olympic counterpart. (The first four days of the Olympics garnered over 28 million folks each night while only 13.3 million fans tuned in for great racing and potholes).This Sunday, the Olympics will feature Ski Cross, Biathlon, Ice Dancing, Canada vs USA Hockey and Women's Curling.  Here are a few simple changes ...

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AN INSPIRING MOMENT WITH OUR VETERANS

Chris Dempsey and Matt Kenseth (Photo courtesy of Crown Royal)DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. _ In the few years I have been covering the sport of NASCAR, I have had a number of humbling moments that stick out in my memory. Interviewing some of my childhood heroes, attending events I never could have imagined possible and talking with fans from all over the country have left a lasting impression on me. Last week at the rain-soaked Daytona International Speedway, another of those humbling experiences took pl ...

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THE DAYTONA 500 IN PICTURES

The Orlando Sentinel has a cool photo gallery from the Daytona 500 that includes several pictures of Sarah Palin, Tim McGraw and Larry the Cable Guy, three names that were destined to appear in the same sentence together.  Check out the Sentinel's gallery here. ...

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HOLE-Y MOLEY!

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. _ In the midst of an exciting and highly compelling Daytona 500, the red flag was thrown and the race halted not once, but twice for a hole that developed on the racing surface between Turns 1 and 2. Sitting in the bottom groove, cars continually hit the reported 9x15x2 inch hole causing concern for NASCAR and prompting immediate work to repair the track. First noticing the issue after John Andretti cut a tire and hit the wall on Lap 118, the drivers brought the cars to pit r ...

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