PAUL MENARD: FROM FLOPPER AWARD TO BRICKYARD 400 CHAMPION

It was only a few seasons ago, two to be exact, that Paul Menard was honored with being named the champion of allleftturns.com’s annual FLOPPER award. For those of you that may not remember, the FLOPPER award was given to the driver that Finishes Last in Overall Points while Participating in Every Race. That year Menard, finished 31st in points with no top-10s, an average start of 31st, average finish of 27th and led only 12 laps. Menard has come a long way in the two seasons since earni ...

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BRICKYARD 400 ODDS

Happy Anniversary. Sort of.This is a week full of anniversaries. Four years of marriage, two years of writing on this fine website and I can’t remember how many years of the Brickyard 400.As much as people want to bash this race, there is one massive fact that makes you have to watch Sunday. Eight times the Brickyard 400 winner has gone on to win the Sprint Cup. That’s nearly a fifty percent clip. Say what you want about what has happened to the prestige of this race. But winning ...

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OFF TO THE BRICKYARD

I live near Charlotte, North Carolina in the heart of NASCAR country. May raceweeks is a busy time of year with a flourish of racing, tourism, and fan related activities. The brand new Hall of Fame has been christened and the inaugural inductees have been honored. And as the racing peaks with Memorial Day weekend, I am heading to the Indianapolis 500 for the third time in the last four years.My very first visit to ‘The Brickyard’ was in 2004. I was working at Michael Waltrip Racing a ...

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