DO “THE DOUBLE” TONY!

There’s an uncharacteristic buzz in the post-award banquet world of racing, and it has nothing to do with what Danica Patrick wore to Las Vegas. Championship racing impresario Roger Penske has the chatter class working overtime with his offer of an Indianapolis 500 ride to NASCAR stud Tony Stewart on the same day as the Coca-Cola 600. It’s the first somewhat serious discussion we have had of “doing the double” (racing both races) in some number of years. Natural ...

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DENIAL IS NOT A RIVER IN EGYPT

Following every weekend, there’s a Monday. After sleeping off the celebration, it’s time to face reality; time to get back to work. Now that the 2012 champion has been crowned, and the season has been put to bed, NASCAR has some serious work ahead of it. From here, there are less than 90 days to go before magical motorsports tour descends on Daytona, so there’s no time for fooling around. While folks in Washington DC talk of a fiscal cliff, NASCAR is looking over a precip ...

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BRAD KESELOWSKI: UNREFINED, UNLEASHED, UNCONQUERED

 Sunday night, somewhere around Homestead, where the barley pop was flowing like a swollen heartland river, the strains of this refrain courtesy of Garth Brooks must have surely been heard: I've got friends in low places Where the whiskey drowns And the beer chases my blues away And I'll be okay I'm not big on social graces Think I'll slip on down to the oasis Oh, I've got friends in low places For NASCAR Nation, Brad Keselowski is a tailored fit as their champion. Among sports fans, ...

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YOU REALLY DIDN’T THINK THEY’D PARK GORDON DID YA?

The brass have spoken at NASCAR concerning the little dust-up at Phoenix International Raceway. At the end of the day Jeff Gordon's wallet is only a wee bit lighter, he and his boss will lose a few meaningless points, and he, owner Rick Hendrick and crew chief Alan Gustafson will have to behave for the rest of the calendar year; never mind the season has only one race left in it. For his part, Clint Bowyer’s crew chief's will enrich the NASCAR coffers to a lesser degree an’t go ...

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NO QUIT KESELOWSKI

 Gonna stand my ground, won't be turned aroundAnd I'll keep this world from draggin' me downGonna stand my ground and I won't back down Tom Petty The words from “Won’t Back Down” describe well the mentality of the young driver hanging tough with five time champion and points leader Jimmie Johnson. Did you see those little exchanges between the 2 and the 48 last Sunday? If Bad Brad Keselowski is nervous, he’s not lettin ...

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BRAD & JIMMIE: THE HUNTER AND THE HUNTED

 It’s funny how a few short years changes things. The phenom becomes the cagey veteran, and the hunter becomes the hunted. Welcome to 2012’s two-horse race: the veteran Jimmie Johnson, in search of his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup championship- and Brad Keselowski- coming on strong in pursuit of his first title at the top level. It wasn’t all that long ago that Johnsn was the kid, chasing down his boss and mentor, Jeff Gordon. Though Keselowski gave up the points lead, it& ...

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PARTING GIFTS FROM MATT KENSETH

I can just imagine what must be going through the mind of team owner Jack Roush right now. “Uh, Matt? Are you really sure we can’t talk you into staying?” It’s cool to be Matt Kenseth right now. His win at Kansas is his second since it was announced that the 2003 champion will be making the move to Joe Gibbs Racing. Way to stick it to the man, Matty, seeing as how Mr. Roush views being associated with Toyota as going to the dark side.   Truly, the best part o ...

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WHO’S LAUGHING AT MICHAEL WALTRIP RACING NOW?

 For years, Michael Waltrip has been the clown prince of NASCAR, with commercials depicting the 2001 Daytona 500 winner showing up to race at the wrong track, and reading nasty fan mail mocking his performance. With a resume that pales in comparison to his brother Darrell, Waltrip has been a willing foil; the Bob Uecker of NASCAR, if you will. That caricature had carried over from his career as a driver to his role as team owner. While manufacturer Toyota struggled, Michael Waltrip Rac ...

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NASCAR’S GUILTY PLEASURE

 "If I'm a fan, I would love that. I think it is incredibly intense. It's wild. It's crazy." From Wonder Boy to NASCAR sage, Jeff Gordon has summed up well the manic mechanical madness that is NASCAR racing at Talladega Superspeedway. The drivers hate it, the writers almost self-righteously opine that no sane race fan should enjoy it, but nothing generates more shock and awe for the American sporting public than than the frantic finishes at NASCAR’s largest track. For ...

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THERE’S A POWER TRIO IN CONTROL OF THE CHASE

Jeff Gordon may have it right. Not matter how well he’s run in the last two races, getting up front and really contending for a championship may be nigh upon impossible considering what is happening at the front of the pack; especially the top three. Kevin Harvick? I don’t think it’s his fault, but Richard Childress Racing is way off its game this year. The Jack Roush boys? You talk to some ardent Kenseth fans, and not only do they think their driver is getting thrown unde ...

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