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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DIARY OF A NASCAR DRIVER

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DENNY HAMLIN GOES OFF ON JEFF GORDON

Denny Hamlin is in his fourth season in the Sprint Cup Series. Every year, he has made the Chase. Now Hamlin is starting to speak like a man of his stature, even if some other drivers don’t want to hear it. Hamlin used his Twitter account to express some frustration over Jeff Gordon. Yes, Twitter is how men express themselves in 2009. Per Hamlin’s Twitter:"Jeff G (Gordon) told NASCAR we shouldn't be bump drafting ... Cuz they never did in the past. Who's running this sport?&q ...

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JEFF GORDON’S BIRTHDAY

Jeff Gordon celebrated his 38th birthday on Saturday night at Lily Pond in East Hampton, N.Y. The Hamptons are where New York City's elite go to play during the summer. It's the type of place where, if you're lucky, you could spy David Lee Roth and Paul McCartney trading cucumber sandwich recipes in the produce aisle of the local organic market. According to the New York Daily News, Gordon celebrated with red velvet cake. (Probably not the same cake pictured above, which appears to be on fire fo ...

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GORDON SAYS KYLE BUSCH IS A ‘JERK’

I think Jeff Gordon will be OK to race on Sunday.Yesterday Gordon - who wrenched his already-injured back in a horrific crash at Watkins Glen on Monday - rode the Millennium Force roller coaster at Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio. But Gordon's rapidly-healing back is not the news here. A fan recorded this video of Gordon during a question-and-answer session at the park.Around the 7:30 mark Gordon is asked if he is happy that Kyle Busch has become the most hated man in NASCAR. Gor ...

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SAM HORNISH JR. WATKINS GLEN CRASH

Monday's race at Watkins Glen was the site of one of the nastiest crashes of the Sprint Cup season. It all started on lap 63 when Kasey Kahne dove inside Sam Hornish Jr. coming out of turn 9 and sent Hornish off onto the grass on the left side. Hornish hit the tire barrier hard and helicoptered back onto the track, where he was T-boned by Jeff Gordon. Gordon spun into the Armco barrier that lines the track. Andy Lally, Jeff Burton and Joey Logano also were involved. Hornish's 77 car got the wors ...

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HOW RICH IS JEFF GORDON?

We all know Jeff Gordon is wealthy. But how wealthy? Is he "personal live-in chef" wealthy or "gold-plated jet pack" wealthy? The Forbes.com Video Network has released a two-video package, posted below, which shares details of Jeff Gordon's income and investments. According to Forbes, Gordon, who is ranked 63rd on the Forbes Celebrity 100 list, makes $30 million a year. That's gold-plated jet pack wealthy.Said Forbes editor Matt Miller, "Jeff Gordon is the epitome of wha ...

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