THE CASE FOR DENNY HAMLIN

Ah, the angst! You would think by the way some are writing it up, Denny Hamlin’s done for the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship, and the trophy engravers are already at work on preparing Jimmie Johnson’s fifth title in as many years.Not so fast! A good argument, no, several good arguments can be made that Johnson’s “Drive For Five” has hit debris. Consider...It’s still Denny’s lead to lose. Yes, a 15 point is not a 58 point lead, and it’s not eve ...

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HAMLIN, HARVICK HOPEFUL IN HOMESTRETCH

The racing gods must be smiling. Certainly, the powers that be at NASCAR have to be. With three races to go, a mere 38 points separates the three remaining contenders for the NASCAR Sprint Cup title.Who would have thought we would actually be looking forward to three races on three intermediate tracks? As we will see, Texas, Phoenix and Homestead- Miami offer sufficiently level playing fields for championship hopefuls Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick as they seek to dethrone four-time defendi ...

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STEWART, MONTOYA FEUD AT HOMESTEAD

Yo, NASCAR. You're doing it wrong. Where was this weekend in April, when the sport needed it? On Saturday the Denny Hamlin-Brad Keselowski feud came to a head in the Nationwide Series race, with Hamlin exacting revenge by spinning out Keselowski. And in the Ford 400 Sunday, two of the Sprint Cup's most loathsome biggest personalities, Tony Stewart and Juan Pablo Montoya, tangled at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Hey, actual rivalries! And they were fun to watch. Stewart was black-flagged for his on-t ...

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JIMMIE JOHNSON WON’T WIN THE CHASE

 Jimmie Johnson won't win the Chase. There. I typed it. When I read (thanks to Jay W. Pennell) that Mark Martin has gained 109 points on Jimmie Johnson nine times in his career I thought, "There has to be a way for Martin to do that on Sunday at Homestead." For everyone rooting for Martin, here is a list of those ways:  Tires The relatively new surface at Homestead cut or blistered several tires in last year’s race. Jimmie Johnson the driver might not screw ...

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