THE WILD, WILD CARD RACE

Potential. If you do a lookup for a definition of the word, one of the definitions you’ll find is “the inherent ability or capacity for growth, development, or coming into being.” Potential is also word that’s been commonly used in connection with the careers of David Ragan and Paul Menard. Yet others would say potential is a word that is code for “hasn’t done it yet.”With his victory in Sunday’s Brickyard 400, Paul Menard joins Trevor Bayne, ...

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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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MY PICKS FOR THE 2012 NASCAR HALL OF FAME

As this is being written, we are hours away from the announcement of who will comprise the 2012 NASCAR Hall of Fame. As this is just the third class for the hall, we’re still at the point where we can vigorously debate who gets in before another. It’s as hot a debate as one about who’s prettier: Jessica Alba or Jessica Biel (My pick? My wife, of course. I may be crazy, but I’m not stupid).We’re still at that point where homage must be paid to the founding fathers an ...

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JEFF GORDON SCORES HISTORIC POCONO WIN

Sunday afternoon at Pocono Raceway, Jeff Gordon joined some very elite company in the NASCAR history books. By scoring the win in the 5-Hour Energy 500, Gordon moved into a three-way tie with Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip on NASCAR’s all-time win list with 84 victories. The only two drivers with more victories than the driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet are Richard Petty and David Pearson. “I really can't even express in words what it means to tie Darrell Waltrip and Bobby Allison at ...

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CHASE FORECAST: WHO’S IN, WHO’S OUT

One-third of the way through the Sprint Cup season, and conventional wisdom suggests we have a good idea of who will make or miss the NASCAR Chase for the Championship. See if you agree with who’ll make it and who won’t….In Like FlintKevin Harvick has the wins, and has the consistency. With three checkereds he’s the provisional number one seed. It would be nice to see him be a little more dominant once in a while. Winning races is rarely an issue for Kyle Busch. Even bet ...

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DALE EARNHARDT JR. WANTS TO SEE CHANGE IN ALL-STAR RACE

CONCORD, N.C._ Not guaranteed a spot in Saturday night’s Sprint All-Star Race, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will have to race his way into the main show through the Sprint Showdown or by winning the Fan Vote. Friday morning, Earnhardt Jr. indicated he would like to see a format change for the annual event, but not to for the reasons you may think. Growing up around the sport, Earnhardt Jr. rekindled memories of his past, saying as a fan he prefers short segments that led to the big moments that came ...

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