JIMMIE JOHNSON WINS AUTO CLUB 500

FONTANA, Calif. _ Jimmie Johnson held off Kevin Harvick in the closing laps of the Auto Club 500 to collect his second straight win at his home track and the 48th of his career. The defending Sprint Cup champion led 101 laps, more than twice as many as any other driver. His seemingly never-ending run of good luck continued Sunday. Or, as Harvick put it, "They have a golden horseshoe stuck up their ass."  Johnson caught a big break on his last stop when he pitted right before a ...

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LEGENDS DRIVER PHILIP ‘HOOK’ YEATTS FINDS WAY TO WIN WITH ONE ARM, ONE LEG

My grandfather had one arm. That didn't stop him from driving his RV across the country, or from putting his boat in lakes and rivers all over the contiguous 48. Legends car driver Philip "Hook" Yeatts reminds me of my grandfather. Yeatts was born without a right arm and right leg, yet he has raced, and he has won. This video (below) was posted on YouTube a few days ago. I am glad I found it. Yeatts told me he is starting a program called "Left Turns." (Hey - great name!) ...

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GETTING TO KNOW ZACK SKOLNICK

CHARLOTTE _ I recently had a chance to talk to Zack Skolnick, an up-and-comer who is attempting to become a professional driver. What separates Skolnick from many others is that he has a backup plan. In addition to racing, he is a sophomore at Belmont-Abbey College in North Carolina where he is studying for a business degree with a focus on motorsports. The New Jersey native began racing go-karts 12 years ago at Oakland Valley Race Park in New York. “I’m still racing karts,” he ...

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MONTOYA AND STEWART HAVE MORE IN COMMON THAN HUGE EGOS

Just for fun – because this is what I do for fun – I correlated driver finishes for 2009. What does that mean? It means I looked at how individual drivers finished at each track to see which drivers shared strengths and weaknesses. The results - I hope - will tell you a little more about your favorite driver. High positive correlation means drivers often finished well together and poorly together, while high negative correlation means one driver finished well while the other finis ...

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REAL DIARY OF A NASCAR DRIVER

 These diary entries are ripped straight from the pages of NASCAR superstar Jeff Gordon's personal diary. They are reprinted here with his permission. (No, they're not.)First diary entryDiary entry No. 2 Diary entry No. 3Diary entry No. 4Diary entry No. 5Final diary entryRelated links:Is NASCAR for you? A flowchartUltimate NASCAR nickname flowchartBad NASCAR tattoos ...

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EARNHARDT JR. BEYOND FRUSTRATION

CHARLOTTE _ His last top 10 came seven weeks ago at Bristol; it was only his fifth of the year – the fewest since his first full year in the Cup Series in 2000. To say Dale Earnhardt Jr. is frustrated is an understatement. In his second season with Hendrick Motorsports, Earnhardt Jr. has struggled mightily, failed to show improvement and has been subject to a crew chief change that clearly shook his confidence. With teammates Jimmie Johnson and Mark Martin smoking the competition this year ...

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BURTON TO MAKE 850TH CAREER START

As people get older, many of them will use any excuse possible to eat cake.  Jeff Burton is pretty buff, but I suspect he and Richard Childress might find reason to eat some cake this weekend. Burton will make his 850th career start this weekend when he runs the Nationwide race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. He told reporters the milestone came up on him quickly.“It’s hard to imagine I’ll be making my 850th NASCAR start,” Burton said. “I’m not one to ...

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AS THE DANICA TURNS

It has been nearly a week since we’ve mentioned Danica Patrick on this site. Since tasers hurt like hell, here’s the latest on what could happen and what that might mean for the sport:  Thumbs up: Michael Waltrip RacingFor a guy who rarely wins on the track, Michael Waltrip owns like a champ. Replacing himself with Martin Truex Jr. is an upgrade. Now MWR bigwig Ty Norris has confirmed to reporters that the team has spoken with Patrick about running in the Nationwide Series next ...

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MICHAEL WALTRIP DEMOTES HIMSELF

I was once told you're never really involved in business unless you've been hired, fired, promoted and demoted. For Michael Waltrip, it's business time. Waltrip told reporters he hopes to run a limited Sprint Cup schedule in 2010. But his bigger focus as a driver is now on the Nationwide Series.  Per ESPN:"Ideally, for me, would be to get the type of sponsor that I could run the full Nationwide (schedule)," he said. "That's what I'd love to do. Then I'm here at the races, ...

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EARNHARDT LOSING STREAK REACHES 50

Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s season of unrelenting misery and inexplicable failure continued at Kansas Speedway, where the 88 team qualified on the front row, led 41 laps early in the Price Chopper 400 and proceeded to blunder away victory on pit road. During a green flag stop, the pit crew failed to attach all of the lug nuts to the left rear tire. Earnhardt Jr. was black flagged, penalized a lap and had to return to pit road to secure the rogue lug nut. Oh, but there was more misery and failure to com ...

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