HAMLIN WINS CRAZY DAY IN TEXAS

Entering the day with the top three in the Chase standings separated by only 38 points, Sunday’s 500-mile race at the Texas Motor Speedway was crazier than anyone could imagine. Throughout the entire Chase, Denny Hamlin’s game plan was to be patient and conservative until making it through Talladega, then let loose. One race after closing the championship gap with Jimmie Johnson, Hamlin stayed true to his word, scoring the win in Texas and taking the points lead with only two race ...

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WHO SAID IT WAS OVER?

MARTINSVILLE, Va._ After scoring his seventh victory of the season and first of the Chase, Denny Hamlin walked into the Martinsville Speedway media center pointing at reporters, asking, “Who said it was over? Told you it wasn’t over.”Coming into the weekend 41 points behind Jimmie Johnson in the Chase, Hamlin knew this weekend’s race in Martinsville was his best chance to close the gap before heading to the ‘wild card’ race at Talladega Superspeedway. Sitting ...

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WHO IS TO BLAME FOR NASCAR’S DECLINE?

CONCORD, N.C. _ These days it seems everyone in NASCAR is trying to figure out the reasoning for a decline in attendance and major drop television ratings. Empty seats and poor ratings have dominated the conversation as of late, instead of one of the most competitive Chases. Most agree the economy has played a major role, some blame the Chase for the Sprint Cup, many argue it is ESPN and others point to the dominance of Jimmie Johnson.  In the last week alone, television ratings dropped 30% ...

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CHASE CLINCH SCENARIOS – ATLANTA

HAMPTON, Ga._ With only two races left before the 12-driver field is set for the 2010 Chase for the Sprint Cup, only two drivers enter this weekend’s race locked in the Chase. Points leader Kevin Harvick and second-place Jeff Gordon have already secured a spot in NASCAR’s version of the post-season, but this weekend the remaining 10 drivers in the top-12 have a chance to leave Atlanta with a place in the Chase. While each of the 10 have a mathematical shot to head to Richmond locked ...

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BURTON AND BUSCH READY TO MOVE ON

LONG POND, Pa. _ Last weekend’s pit road confrontation between Kyle Busch and Jeff Burton raised many eyebrows in the NASCAR garage, not because of Busch’s actions, but because of Burton’s aggressiveness in confronting the driver of the No. 18. Typically a mild-mannered guy, Burton was on fire following the Coca-Cola 600, pointing his finger at Busch and yelling at him as wife Kim tried her best to pull him away. “He’s real aggressive, and that’s cool,” ...

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