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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