FIVE DRIVERS WHO NEVER MADE IT TO CUP

The country is filled with drivers who started racing on Friday and Saturday nights and built strong resumes. Their talent improved and so did their win totals. Discussions in local pit areas and grandstands centered on big-time NASCAR team owners who would be wise to take a look at so-and-so. But good timing and opportunity are everything for the guys who have made it to the major leagues. And lack of good timing has held back a few thousand racers for every Joey Logano who got the chance to sh ...

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15 ESSENTIAL NASCAR TWITTER FEEDS

I have discovered that the best way to watch races is with the television on, the sound down, MRN on the radio and my laptop open. The laptop is essential, because it allows me to connect with sources at the track who can tell me what is really going on during the race. Sadly, television coverage often misses big stories. I rely heavily on TweetDeck. TweetDeck is a browser that lets me follow multiple Twitter feeds at once. Whom do I follow? I follow almost everyone who follows my Twitter feed - ...

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BIGGEST DANGERS ARE OFF THE TRACK

Last week the NASCAR world was sent into a frenzy when news broke that Denny Hamlin had torn the ACL in his left knee playing basketball. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver and avid basketball fan had surgery on his right knee in December after finishing fourth in the Chase. Hamlin also hurt his hip playing hoops in May 2008. Now, this injury has many wondering if Hamlin will be able to overcome this off-season setback. In today’s NASCAR, the biggest threats facing drivers are not the same as the ...

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TOYOTA DRIVERS HELPED THE STOCK MARKET MOST IN 2009

Late in 2008 I did some analysis showing which drivers over their careers helped the stock market most. Who do you root for if you want the stock market to go up? And which winners hit your wallet the hardest?I have resurrected the data for the 2009 season. I considered the first trading day after a race, and compared the performance of the S&P 500 to the winning driver and manufacturer of the most recent race. Here is what I found: Kyle Busch's four wins produced a total stock market gai ...

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RACING EXPOS CONNECT FANS WITH NASCAR

This weekend the stars of NASCAR got together with the stars of country music in Nashville, Tenn., for the fifth annual Sprint Sound and Speed festival. Fans were treated to performances by country artists, and got the chance to meet Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne, Kyle Busch and others.While this is the fifth year of Sprint’s festival in Nashville, fans in the Northeast have been treated to one off-season motorsports expo for 25 years now. In 1986, Len Sammons put togeth ...

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CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR NASCAR DRIVERS

By Michelle DawnWhat could a NASCAR driver possibly need for Christmas? They all have money, women and fame. So what’s left that could make their holiday season more merry and bright? Quite a lot, actually. Money can buy most things, but it can’t make you a four-time champion, a favorite with fans or a media darling. So, with that premise in mind, I’ve come up with my own Christmas list for a few of the circuit’s drivers. Believe it or not, even these guys don’t hav ...

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NASCAR DRIVERS ROAST

Comedian Kevin Burke roasted a handful of NASCAR's top drivers during banquet week in Las Vegas. I'm thinking we need to do this at least 36 times a season. And now the links...Greatest college professor of all time studies NASCAR (Richmond Times-Dispatch)Alabama fan loses bet (Deadspin)Insane Canadian fishermen (Break)Mascot dunk FAIL (Break)Behold, the MMA Minute (Cage Potato)25 greatest sports moments in 'Simpsons' history (Total Pro Sports)2009 Victoria's Secret fashion show gallery (Ch ...

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DRIVERS WITH MOMENTUM ENTERING 2010

The last two weeks have been pretty much all Jimmie Johnson, all the time – and rightfully so. No one has ever won four titles in a row before. But the close of the 2009 season featured strong finishes by a handful of drivers who put the rest of the field on notice that they plan to run up front in 2010. First off, let's see which drivers were able to score more points in each third of the season. They are highlighted in blue here. Johnson and Mark Martin both kept getting better as ...

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MAYFIELD SAYS NASCAR USING HIM TO SCARE DRIVERS WHO USE COCAINE, MARIJUANA

For reasons I don't understand, Jeremy Mayfield appeared on ESPN's "Outside the Lines" on Sunday. (The segment taped in September.) During the interview Mayfield more or less said there are drivers who use cocaine and marijuana and NASCAR knows about it. NASCAR's drug policy is so murky, Mayfield's allegation could be true. And this is the part where I point out to NASCAR that if your drug policy is so loosey-goosey that it can seriously be called into question by a man you allege to b ...

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BUILDING NASCAR’S MOUNT RUSHMORE

CHARLOTTE _ Before NASCAR’s first Hall of Fame class was announced Wednesday, a two-and-a-half hour long discussion involving the 50-member *voting panel occurred earlier in the day. With so many of NASCAR’s biggest names gathered in one place to determine the inaugural class of inductees, the discussion was, in a word, “passionate.” Prior to the formal announcement that Bill France Sr., Richard Petty, Bill France Jr., Dale Earnhardt and Junior Johnson will be the fir ...

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