DENNY HAMLIN’S CAR STOLEN

Good thing Denny Hamlin had those security cameras installed in front of his home in Cornelius, N.C. Otherwise, how would we know that two pretty much impossible-to-identify men in shorts recently walked right onto Hamlin's property through the front gate and stole his 2008 Lexus LS 460 L? Without surveillance video, which police just released, the cops might be looking for men in dress slacks, bathing suits or capri pants.  Calling all cars. The suspects are wearing shorts. Repeat, the ...

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WHO IS ERIK DARNELL?

Wrestling and NASCAR have a lot in common. Made-up drama for the sake of ratings. Questionable finishes. Random people coming out of nowhere to the surprise of fans. So in honor of The Rock, I must ask the following question: Who in the blue hell is Erik Darnell? As you read earlier this week, Darnell will take over Bobby Labonte’s ride for seven races this season. Labonte owns a Sprint Cup title, so the person who replaces him must be chopped liver, right? Consider this:NASCAR.com does ...

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JEFF GORDON’S BIRTHDAY

Jeff Gordon celebrated his 38th birthday on Saturday night at Lily Pond in East Hampton, N.Y. The Hamptons are where New York City's elite go to play during the summer. It's the type of place where, if you're lucky, you could spy David Lee Roth and Paul McCartney trading cucumber sandwich recipes in the produce aisle of the local organic market. According to the New York Daily News, Gordon celebrated with red velvet cake. (Probably not the same cake pictured above, which appears to be on fire fo ...

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JEFF BURTON LANDS NEW RIDE

 The 2009 season has been a challenge for Jeff Burton. Zero wins. Zero chance of making the Chase. Still, isn't it a little early to look for a new line of work? Burton recently improved his skill set by hopping on a digger and tearing down part of the Michigan International Speedway suite. (This is something Jimmie Johnson, with all of his hard luck at Michigan, must fantasize about doing.) MIS is gutting structures around the track, with new suites and a new media center on tap for 201 ...

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BRIAN VICKERS’ RED BULL LIFESTYLE

Most athletes have clauses in their contracts that forbid dangerous behavior like skiing, skydiving or riding a motorcycle. The fear of injury, getting too Ben Roethlisberger with your ride or out and out death gets most teams a little antsy. When you roll with Red Bull racing, those clauses seem to be either really small, or are totally nonexistent.Nascar.com profiled the wild and crazy ride that prompted Brian Vickers to re-sign with Red Bull Racing. When Vickers is not enjoying awkward silenc ...

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