JEFF GORDON’S CRUISE CONTROL

Jeff Gordon is in the catbird seat once again. He's currently seventh in points, he's a lock to make the Chase with two wins, he gets more airtime than most drivers and this weekend he'll be racing at a track where he has three wins and 14 top-five finishes. For the next eight races Jeff Gordon's in cruise control, taking it easy, enjoying the ride and planning his August birthday.Here are five changes people can expect to see in the new, more relaxed Jeff Gordon.1. Not worried about "makin ...

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KYLE BUSCH WINS INAUGURAL RACE AT KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY AS TRAFFIC ISSUES STEAL THE HEADLINES

After nearly a decade of wait, Kentucky Speedway hosted its first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event Saturday night. Leading 125 of the 267 laps, Kyle Busch scored the inaugural win in dominant fashion, but had to survive a late-race restart to hold on to the victory. The win propelled Busch into the points lead and gave him is 99th NASCAR victory.  “Couldn't be happier to be here in Victory Lane,” Busch said. “This one ranks right up there with the best of them. I hav ...

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IS JIMMIE JOHNSON A BAD TEAMMATE?

Well, look what we have here! Mr. Clean, Jimmie Johnson, finds himself embroiled in a little controversy. Seems his team’s decision to pit and leave dancing partner Dale Earnhardt Jr. out on the track has caused him enough grief on the “Twittersphere” to elicit a response from Ol’ “Five Time”….“I didn't leave Jr hanging, you people are crazy. When my crew tells me to pit, I pit. Steve and Chad sort out the detailsAnd if you think either of us coul ...

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THERE’S A LOT RIDING ON DAYTONA

Between some of the hijinks at Sonoma, and given the way the standings are shaping up in the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup standings, there may be as many fireworks during the race (or at least the end of it) as there is after it. Look closely at the standings, and you can see why. For some, there’s a golden opportunity to fortify their position at the front. For others, a Daytona victory may be their last best shot.For 2010 winner Kevin Harvick, this could become “Separation Saturday.&rdqu ...

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HOW TO TAILGATE FOR A RACE, SONOMA STYLE

NASCAR will be headed west to the wine country of Sonoma, Calif., for the June 26th race. As fans attending the race look forward to watching Jeff Gordon make enemies by spinning out the competition, talk turns to pre-race cookouts. Tailgating in the hills north of San Francisco has some very specific unwritten rules. Many out-of-towners rub locals the wrong way by grilling burgers, hosting tailgating sports and generally acting like they're tailgating at Bristol or Richmond... Sonoma is a total ...

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