SHOWTIME SOUTHERN 500 ODDS

Winston Churchill never saw a NASCAR race. But this leader’s advice helped me get off the schnide with Kyle Busch’s big win Saturday night. His quote of genius."The best way to take a look forward is to take a look back."Good stuff from a great man. I may still be down $320 of fake coin in my entertainment bonanza of picks this year, but I smell a comeback. And grilled meat. $15 on Jeff Gordon at 6/1: In the last eight races, Gordon has either finished or started in a to ...

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JEFF GORDON’S RAGE METER

At Talladega, the world got a rare glimpse inside the subdued, button-down, yet bristling volcano of Jeff Gordon's rage. "The 48 has been testing my patience," Jeff Gordon calmly noted, "and it's about reached its boiling point." With strong words like that, one might think Johnson had just pissed on his hauler.There is no way to read the calm facade of NASCAR's Most Popular Driver.  How can someone discern between Gordon's 'Boiling Point' expression from his 'Pepsi Tast ...

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JOHNSON-GORDON RIFT SHOWS LARGER TREND

RICHMOND, Va. _ Over the last two weeks it has been more than obvious teammates Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson have been racing each other harder than ever on the race track. These buddy-buddy teammates are now drawing attention for their on the track run-ins, but does Gordon’s aggression elude to a larger trend?Any time a team becomes dominant in one sport, the competition is forced to change the way it plays the game. When the New York Yankees went on a streak in the late 1990s, other fr ...

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ANOTHER WILD WEEKEND IN TALLADEGA

TALLADEGA, Ala. _ Whenever NASCAR rolls into Talladega, Ala. it is almost assumed a wild weekend is in store. High speeds, the potential for disaster and the partying that goes on around the facility make the two dates at Talladega Superspeedway among the best on the NASCAR schedule. With dangerous storms rolling through the area on Saturday, NASCAR was forced to run the Nationwide Series race following the Sprint Cup race on Sunday. So, after braving the storm in tents, RVs and cars, fans wiped ...

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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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