WHY JEFF GORDON WILL MAKE THE CHASE

 Don’t like “points racing?” This season, Jeff Gordon is your guy. I could go on about how fans who accuse drivers of playing it conservative know nothing about the competitive spirit, but that would be a digression. Besides, no one need look further than old Super G to find a racer driving with purpose over the next 16 events. A lot of “Monday Morning Quarterbacks” are writing off the four-time champion as if he is NASCAR’s Mariano Rivera. I wouldn& ...

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EDWARDS & STEWART NOT BLAMELESS

It’s not what fans always to hear, but it’s true; officials don’t win or lose sporting events, the participants do. Before you start throwing things at your monitor or disparaging this observer’s ancestry, think about it. Officials aren’t infallible, and they do make some horrendous calls. Worse yet, they can become magnified by the moment in which they occur. With that said, for every bad call, there are numerous win costing, competitor errors: missed shots, i ...

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LUCK IS WHERE PREPARATION MEETS OPPORTUNITY

 NASCAR has its own answers to the Chicago Cubs. As a fan, it’s hard not to feel for drivers like Martin Truex Jr., A.J. Allmendinger and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Week after week, there are glimmers of hope and moments of brilliance. In Truex’s case, he dominated the race, and yet it was Denny Hamlin wrestling away the spoils at Kansas. That lucky son of a gun, how does he do it? A lot of people were thinking it. How many races do the above mentioned drivers go out and set sail f ...

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GUESS WHO’S COURTING NASCAR HISTORY?

He would be a perfect candidate for What’s My Line? Plain spoken and unassuming, Greg Biffle isn’t even known all that well in his native Pacific Northwest. He’s a back-up center for the Trail Blazers, isn’t he? Or is he one of those Ice Trucker guys? No, no, he’s the defensive coordinator for the Seahawks. Until now, few would blame him for feeling like the Rodney Dangerfield of NASCAR. Either the media is talking about the ever-quotable defending champion To ...

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THE CURIOUS CASE OF THE BURNING BUSCHES

The 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season is just six races old, but already, we have seen some pretty weird stuff. A race car takes out a jet dryer, there’s a weird jumble of drivers near the top of the leader board, and the list doesn’t include some names we expect to be there. What in the name of Fireball Roberts is going on here? We’ve got Michael Waltrip Racing running with the big dogs, and where are the Busch brothers? Remember those guys? Yes, they are still in NASCAR, bu ...

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A MINORITY REPORT ON THE MARTINSVILLE MADNESS

For the first time in what seems like forever, NASCAR Nation is talking about the action that actually happened on the track, instead of what should have happened. Though not all are happy with the results, it’s refreshing to talk about the action we had versus the action we should have had. No fuel mileage, no rain, no phantom cautions. In the court of NASCAR fan opinion, this race features a couple of odd selections for villains. There’s no Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards or Kevin Har ...

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S-S-SMOKIN’

For as long as he’s raced in NASCAR, the book on Tony Stewart is “starts slow.” He admits it. “…The history shows in the last 13 years we have not had the strongest starts the first third of the year,” says the three-time and defending champion. About the time the temperatures heat up, so does Stewart. It’s a new day in NASCAR. With two wins in the first five races of 2012, Smoke is leaving the field in a fog, picking up where he left off, after c ...

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FANS, YOU HAVE BRUTON’S ATTENTION

Yes Virginia, it’s true; money talks. You would have to have the vision of Mr. Magoo to not see all the empty seats at Bristol Motor Speedway Sunday. The tribe has spoken, and the gate receipts don’t lie. It’s like that billboard said: “Do I have your attention now?” Track owner Bruton Smith tells the Associated Press he will look over the data, compare what the track is now- versus what it used to be- and report back next week. Call this observer slightly nerv ...

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STEWART VS. JOHNSON: 2012′s TITLE BOUT?

It was almost like watching Richard Petty vs. David Pearson. Lap after lap, the second place driver stalks the leader, looking for a bobble, a slide, a slip to pounce upon. Sunday at Las Vegas, there would be no mistakes on the part of Tony Stewart, defending three-time champion, versus Jimmie Johnson, winner of five consecutive Sprint Cup titles. Stewart stole away with the spoils, thanks to a bold pass on a re-start. It was the 13th time Stewart and Johnson finished a race 1-2, with Smok ...

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DARIAN GRUBB: WINNING!

Revenge is a dish best served cold. Crew chief Darian Grubb isn’t going to crow and thump his chest over his victory with Denny Hamlin Sunday; it’s not his style. By the same token, that warm grin on his face quietly speaks volumes about the fulfilling feeling he must be enjoying as he helps the 11 to victory in just his second race with the team after his dismissal at the end of Tony Stewart’s 2011 championship run. Grubb says he’ll take the high road and stay posi ...

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