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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ADVERTISING FINE DINING, BUT SERVING UP FAST FOOD

Can I make a confession? I watched about 40 laps of the race, and packed it in for a nap and the NFL. I know this is journalistic sacrilege, but remember, in this role, I am a commentator and not a reporter. If you ask me, what I learned from that mid-race stretch told me all I needed to know about Sunday’s race at New Hampshire anyway. You’d think a fierce battle featuring a five-time champion and a couple of young upstarts would be enough to keep a person glued to the screen, ...

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A NEW CHAPTER BEGINS IN A.J. ALLMENDINGER’S STORY

Those of you who who have read these pages regularly know that yours truly has been following the story of A.J. Allmendinger closely. It’s hard to explain why. Perhaps spiritual beliefs fuel an interest in redemption stories, maybe it’s because in my own way, I was A.J. Allmendinger once. Whatever the case, a new chapter is about to unfold in his story. Many have written off the young racer’s career. Even before his positive tested for a banned substance (Allmendinger says ...

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TEN WEEKS OF INTRIGUE

 A lot can happen in ten weeks. Does the name Tony Stewart ring a bell? With no clear front runner the 2012 run to the championship is ripe for another Stewart to come along and seize the day. Think about it, a wild card could win this season’s championship. Look at Jeff Gordon; the idea of him reeling off a run during the Chase isn’t as far fetched as you might think. Climb a mountain? Wonder Boy had to scale Mt. Everest just to make the top 12. Sure, he enters with a 12 p ...

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GRUBB THE GAME CHANGER

 How much does a crew chief matter? Ask Denny Hamlin and the number 11 team over at Joe Gibbs Racing. On the heels of back-to-back victories at Bristol and Atlanta, the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series leader in victories has all the makings of a championship winner with one race to go before the 10-race chase. Crew chief Darian Grubb- who helped guide Tony Stewart to the 2011 championship- has made a difference. After a couple of slower pit stops early on in Sunday night’s Ad ...

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