BRIAN FRANCE FORGING OWN LEGACY, OFTEN AWAY FROM THE TRACK

There is no doubt Bill France Sr. and Bill France Jr. have left a lasting mark on the sport of NASCAR. In fact, without Bill Sr., there would not be a NASCAR. After moving his family from Washington D.C. to Daytona Beach, Fla. with $25 and a bag of tools, "Big" Bill began his quest to organize stock car racing.With determination and a solid vision of the future, France built tracks such as Daytona and Talladega, stood up to the threat of a drivers' union and grew the sport from the cla ...

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COCA COLA 600 ODDS

Hello drawing board. I’ve been missing you. And like that stupid song on the radio, I need you now.After making fun of people who bet on all-star races, I bet on the Sprint Cup All Star-Race, stunningly lost (Jimmie Johnson got hosed, and I’m bitter) and now sit down a fake $350 as I bet every Sprint Cup race this year.This is why I sit back in front of the drawing board. Or more of a spreadsheet.   When the season began, we all made predictions about what we thought would ...

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STEWART, GORDON, JOHNSON WILL BE IN THE HALL OF FAME SOMEDAY

Which current drivers will one day be enshrined in the NASCAR Hall of Fame? SI.com's Brant James writes that Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon are in for sure. Matt Kenseth? Kurt Busch? Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s beard? Just have to wait and see.   JJ, Stewart, Gordon all deserve spots in the Hall of Fame (SI.com) ...

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AUTISM SPEAKS 400 ODDS

I have finally figured out a way to make NASCAR more competitive. When I pick Jimmie Johnson to win, he loses. When I pick Jimmie Johnson to lose, he wins. Sure I can credit the tight points race to one really major JJ funk since the new rear spoiler, three Denny Hamlin wins or a gaggle of green and white finishes. But I'm a narcissist who believes in ramdon karma. So you're welcome for the open points race with multiple contenders. I’m pumped for Dover. Two picks. Two wins in a row. I& ...

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NASCAR HALL OF FAME OPEN FOR BUSINESS

CHARLOTTE _ After years of planning and preparation, the doors have finally opened at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. On an overcast and cool morning, fans, dignitaries, and some of the motorsport’s biggest names gathered to commemorate the top-of-the-line $195 million facility. The pomp and circumstance of Tuesday’s event saw NASCAR Hall of Fame executives thank their partners, allowed politicians to press the economic impact on the area and offered fans a brief glimpse at some of the thei ...

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GORDON STILL THE GUY TO BEAT

There is no question Denny Hamlin has been on a tear this season. Three wins, four top-5s, four top-10s and 344 laps led have proved many were right in picking the Joe Gibbs Racing driver as the preseason favorite. Yet, despite his success in finding victory lane and overcoming ACL surgery, Hamlin is not the biggest threat to dethrone four-time defending champion Jimmie Johnson. Even though Hamlin has been one of the strongest guys in the garage, four-time champion Jeff Gordon has emerged as the ...

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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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