CARL EDWARDS LOOKS LIKE 2011 TITLE CONTENDER

The best Chase in history wraps up next weekend, but that doesn't mean we can't start thinking about 2011. One guy who looks ready to challenge for a title -- finally -- is Phoenix winner Carl Edwards. Five things we learned at Phoenix (SI.com) ...

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2010 CHASE DRIVERS PHOTO GALLERY

The Chase field has been finalized. Let us drink in the members of 2010 playoff field in all of their glossy, handsome glory. And Tony Stewart, too.  Chase for the Championship drivers (SI.com) ...

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KYLE BUSCH IS WHAT NASCAR NEEDS (SERIOUSLY)

Know what would be great for the sport -- and also make your head explode? Kyle Busch winning the Chase. One writer thinks this is the formula that will reinvigorate NASCAR. Busch is exactly what NASCAR needs (SI.com) ...

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NASCAR SHOULD NAME DRIVERS

When NASCAR penalizes drivers, it should name who they are and state why they have been penalized. SI.com's Tom Bowles writes that such openness in other sports leagues ensures that governing bodies don't "cross the line between firm discipline and terrorizing its participants."  Update: ESPN is reporting which drivers were recently fined.  Unnamed sources tell ESPN that Ryan Newman and Denny Hamlin were the drivers who were fined. Makes sense. Each has made crit ...

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NASCAR FINES UNNAMED DRIVERS

The Associated Press reports that NASCAR has fined at least two star drivers this season for making disparaging comments about the racing series. NASCAR is not publicly identifying the drivers. Anyone care to guess who they are? (Hint: They are probably not Marcos Ambrose.)   NASCAR fines drivers for comments (AP via SI.com) ...

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JEFF GORDON WILL WIN IN CHICAGO

Jeff Gordon will win in Chicago this weekend. So says SI.com's Tom Bowles, who writes, "Averaging a 5.8 average finish in his last four starts in Chicagoland, this team is already knocking on the door with four straight top-5 finishes. With J.J. still winless at this place -- one of the more difficult venues for the No. 48 -- it's time for their shopmates to steal a little bit of the spotlight across the way." Yes, but we all know how Jimmie Johnson races right after he has had a baby. ...

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NEWMAN NEEDED FOUR LAPS FOR PHOENIX WIN

If one thing was learned from the finish of Saturday night’s Subway Fresh Fit 600 at the Phoenix International Raceway, it was how a team wins a Sprint Cup Series race these days has changed dramatically. Kyle Busch led 113 laps, Jimmie Johnson led 113 laps and Juan Pablo Montoya led 104 laps, yet none of them celebrated in victory lane. Ryan Newman led only four laps on the night, took two tires in the end and was able to break a 77-race winless streak.  As the laps clicked away, it ...

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NEWMAN THINKS MOON LANDING WAS FAKED

Count NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Ryan Newman among the people who believe the moon landing never happened. Said the Rocket Man, "I'm pretty sure (the original moon landing) was fake. I watched the documentary on it, and it's pretty easy to believe. The flag was standing straight out when there's no wind up there. When they step on the surface, there should have been a big cloud because there's no atmosphere." But that's not all he said. In a fascinating interview with the ...

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EARNHARDT HIGHEST-PAID DRIVER

According to Forbes, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is NASCAR's highest-paid driver. So, they pay by the loss? (I know. Cheap shot.) Check out the whole list below. No. 1 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Earnings: $30 millionNo. 2 Jeff Gordon: Earnings: $27 millionNo. 3 Jimmie Johnson: Earnings: $23 millionNo. 4 Tony Stewart: Earnings: $19 millionNo. 5 Carl Edwards: Earnings: $14 millionNo. 6 Kevin Harvick: Earnings: $13 millionNo. 7 (tie) Kyle Busch: Earnings: $12 millionNo. 7 (tie) Kasey Kahne: Earnings: $12 million ...

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EVERYONE HATES BRAD KESELOWSKI

Brad Keselowski admits he has been a jerk, has a conspiracy theory about the Carl Edwards wreck and compares NASCAR's current state of new driver development to the Holocaust. Angriest. Ginger. Ever. (ESPN) ...

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