HAMLIN FIGHTS PAIN, BEATS COMPETITION

After a complete washout in Texas over the weekend, the Samsung Mobile 500 finally got underway Monday afternoon. The 500-mile event around the Texas Motor Speedway saw teams take the green flag with very little practice, a green race track and many unknowns surrounding the new rear spoiler. Another unknown on the minds of many in the garage was how long Denny Hamlin would stay in the car. Weeks removed from surgery on the ACL in his left knee, Hamlin admitted to still being in pain, but the Joe ...

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SAMSUNG 500 ODDS

 “Everyone has a plan 'till they get punched in the mouth.”Mike Tyson’s quote rings through my skull like a shot to the eye socket.  Ryan Newman (I can’t believe he won either) has me down a fake $250 in my quest to bet every single 2010 Sprint Cup race.In a bid to avoid getting financially knocked out, I find solace that my Kasey Kahne prop bet worked out. I also find joy knowing that I will never bet real money on NASCAR when/if my pregnant wife allows me near ...

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ARE YOU IN A NASCAR FEUD?

Martinsville showed what happens when folks stop being polite and start getting real.  The gloves came off and surprising feuds simmer to a boil.  Matt Kenseth found himself smack dab in the middle of a Jeff Gordon feud.  A simple bump can become a NASCAR fight. Some feuds are obvious (Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski have been at it for weeks), but many others are just below the surface.  Here is a handy chart to see if you're in the middle of bitter racing rivalry. ...

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CREW CHIEFS READY FOR RAINY CONDITIONS

MARTINSVILLE, Va._ With a bleak forecast for Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville, teams were forced to roll out the rain gear, car covers and heavy jackets. As the teams and fans wait and see what Mother Nature has in store for them, the strategy for Sunday’s race changes just a bit. If the race can get underway, teams will be racing to the 250-lap mark, not the scheduled 500. Once the race reaches the halfway point the race is official and can be ended and a winner decla ...

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NASCAR’S FIRST SOAP OPERA: AS THE WORLD TURNS LEFT

NASCAR's branded entertainment has grown to include NASCAR programs on Showtime, NASCAR romance novels and now soaps. In a bold venture into the unknown, NASCAR crosses over into television with the soap opera "As The World Turns...Left."  Here are synopsis of the next four episodes coming to a TV near you.This Used To Be ParadiseThis week on "As the World Turns... Left" a dangerous secret is revealed. Paul Menard, driver of the #98 Menard Ford Fusion, has an evil twin.. ...

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TIME FOR NASCAR TO GET IT TOGETHER

Three races are in the books for the 2010 season and each has proved that NASCAR has a lot of work to do. Potholes at Daytona, few fans in the stands in Fontana and malfunctioning caution lights in Las Vegas have taken away from what has been exciting action on the track. Throw in poor television coverage and back-to-back wins by Jimmie Johnson and fans are starting to change the channel. With another track that struggles to fill the stands coming up next week, what will NASCAR do to keep the fa ...

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NASCAR’S MOST POPULAR DRIVER

 FONTANA, Calif. _ Who is the most popular driver in NASCAR? There is only one way to find out. (Actually, there are many ways to find out, and most methods don’t involve eating giant turkey legs or giving away heart-shaped chocolates. But for the purposes of this article…) There really was only one way to find out.  With NASCAR on the West Coast for the second race of the season, All Left Turns hit Auto Club Speedway in search of the answer to the question, &ldquo ...

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FOUR-TIMERS’ CLUB: JOHNSON VS. GORDON

With four straight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series titles, the Jimmie Johnson era is upon us. While that feat is unprecedented, Johnson is not the only current driver who is a four-time champ. Johnson’s car owner, teammate and friend Jeff Gordon also has four titles and next year, no doubt, the Gordon and Johnson Drive for Five will be upon us. All of which begs the question – at least, in my head – whose four titles are the most impressive, Gordon’s or Johnson’s? Gordo ...

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REAL DIARY OF A NASCAR DRIVER

 These diary entries are ripped straight from the pages of NASCAR superstar Jeff Gordon's personal diary. They are reprinted here with his permission. (No, they're not.)First diary entryDiary entry No. 2 Diary entry No. 3Diary entry No. 4Diary entry No. 5Final diary entryRelated links:Is NASCAR for you? A flowchartUltimate NASCAR nickname flowchartBad NASCAR tattoos ...

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MOST EXPENSIVE CRASHES IN NASCAR HISTORY

The financial Web site 24/7 Wall Street crunched the numbers and came up with a list of the ten most expensive crashes in NASCAR history. (And by history, the site means since 2002.) Each estimate covers the cost of wrecked cars and track damage. The most expensive crash? That would be the Sam Hornish Jr. and Jeff Gordon wreck at Watkins Glen. That one cost a cool $688,000, most of which probably went to finally getting Hornish driving lessons. The ten most expensive crashes in NASCAR history ...

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