JEFF GORDON: NASCAR’S GAME-CHANGING DRIVER

21 years ago, almost all of us had a phone on our wall or on an end table. Email was something guys with thick glasses and pocket protectors used. On demand TV? Wasn't that what happened when you yanked the remote control out of your kid brother's hand? If Rip Van Winkle were awakening today from a 20-year snooze, he'd find the world has changed a lot since that November day in 1992 when Jeffrey Michael Gordon made his NASCAR Winston Cup debut. NASCAR has seen more than its share of chang ...

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SUNDAY THE GIANT KILLERS PREVAILED

A David pushes a David to score a win for one of NASCAR’s “little guys.” How many people here get Front Row mixed up with Furniture Row? You mean David Ragan is still racing? Who’s that’s “Gilligan” guy that’s his teammate? And just who the heck is Bob Jenkins? NASCAR Nation, meet Front Row Motorsports! Ok, they're not quite THAT obscure, but thanks to their thrilling victory at Talladega, this week we have a fresh batch of story lines, and we ...

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WHY KURT BUSCH IS GOOD FOR NASCAR

Kurt Busch is most definitely good for NASCAR. Right now, you’re either thinking I’ve been smoking Oregon’s number one cash crop, or I am being as honest as Ol’ Slick Willie about Ms. Lewinski. Like him or not (and for the record, I am not saying I’m a fan), Kurt Busch is a needed presence in the sport. Why? First of all, Kurt races to win. One need look no further than Saturday night. His dash for cash contained no animus for anyone in his path, he had a race ...

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‘SHUT UP & DRIVE” HE SAID!

Want to be famous? Get into the NASCAR Sprint Cup series and cross Danica Patrick. How many of you actually knew David Gilliland was still racing before Sunday? I figured as much. Usually the journeyman driver is good for a top ten or two every year, and that’s not that bad considering what Gilliland is working with as a driver for the modestly-funded Front Row team. Aside from that, you would have to be a pretty serious fan to remember his career launching win in the Nationwide Seri ...

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EXPERIENCE HAS TAUGHT KYLE BUSCH WELL

 You hear coaches say you learn more from failure than you learn from success. Put another way, it is said in racing that to win a championship, you must first lose one. It wasn’t too many years ago, Kyle Busch was reeling off wins, smashing guitar trophies, talking smack to Dale Jr., and making friends and enemies in equal numbers. Then, adversity showed up; Busch got busted for tangling with the opposition, he got parked by NASCAR and the burning Busch probably came a little c ...

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DEAF DRIVER MAKES PITCH TO THE PEOPLE

By all appearances, the young racer is a potential sponsor’s dream. He’s got a racing pedigree, he’s got the hunger, he’s got the looks, and he’s got an incredible back story. What he hasn’t had is much in the way of seat time. There’s the rub. An element of Kris Martin’s story makes sponsors, at least on first glance, understandably nervous. He doesn’t have a criminal record, a drug problem, or a history of on-track misbehavior. The native o ...

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MARTINSVILLE MADNESS COMING RIGHT UP

How can you top this? At one of NASCAR’s tamest tracks, we had fights for the lead, trading paint on the last lap, and plenty of fireworks after the race was over. If this was the case at Auto Club Speedway, long derided as the ugly stepchild of NASCAR Sprint Cup racing, what will it be like the .526 mile paper clip we know as Martinsville. Don’t be too sure this will play out the way we expect. As obvious as it seems that Joey Logano will be running for his life, let us review ...

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MISS MANNERS HAS HER HANDS FULL

Well, what do we have here? Yours truly must take back all he said about Auto Club Speedway after the events that occurred at Sunday's race in the city of his birth. This will be a race we'll all be talking about for quite some time, and it may have, for all we know, saved NASCAR racing in southern California.Racing here was sure good for the economy. The guys at the shop will be replacing a lot of wadded up sheet metal, Goodyear will have some tire replacement orders to fill, and Miss Mann ...

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A LITTLE LESS CONVERSATION AND A LITTLE MORE ACTION

 Now that's more like it! The NASCAR brass and chatter class can talk 'til the cows come home about what the sport needs, but the visual offered Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway is a crystal clear picture of what fans like about racing.How complicated can it be? The Food City 500 was one of those "don't leave the couch for the fridge" affairs. There were races for position all over the track, including- dare we believe it- races for the lead as race winner Kasey Kahne and Brad Kes ...

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KENSETH DELIVERS FOR GIBBS & TOYOTA

You hear that deep sigh of relief? That’s the folks at Toyota Racing Development after the win by Matt Kenseth. You know who else is breathing a little easier? Matt Kenseth. You want to talk about a honeymoon? After his victory in the Kobalt Tools 400, the new pairing of the 41-year old with JGR is like a sunny, summer soirée in Cabo. “I felt a lot of pressure that I put on myself to come in here and perform. I felt like coming over here and getting to know Jason, and real ...

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