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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GEN 6: SO FAR A NEW CAR, BUT THE SAME ISSUE

“I hate to be Denny downer, but I just didn't pass that many cars today. That's the realistic fact of it.” It’s an interesting observation from Denny Hamlin, the driver who had to race his hiney off to finish third at the Subway Fresh Fit 500 in Phoenix. Reigning Sprint Cup champ Brad Keselowski agrees, ““It’s harder than ever to pass. You have to be really good. The cars are so aero sensitive.” Getting the entirety of NASCAR Nation to agree on much ...

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PHOENIX: A MORE REALISTIC LOOK INTO 2013

Ladies and Gentleman of Daytona Beach, the carnival has officially left town. The Daytona 500, the Budweiser Duel, the Sprint Unlimited, the Battle of the Beach, Danicamania, and the Junior Nation have packed up and headed west. We’ve all seen the promotional trailer, the hardcore fan and the lookie loo alike. Now it’s time for a real honest-to-goodness look at what the NASCAR season holds in store.   You can hear the new fan now, “You mean that’s not how NASC ...

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