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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TOP TAX DEDUCTIONS FOR NASCAR DRIVERS

NASCAR drivers are notorious for their unusual tax deductions.  While people often ask how much NASCAR drivers make, the real question is what do they get away with on their taxes.  With help from the IRS public records, here are the most unusual deductions on NASCAR driver returns this year.  1. Elliot Sadler – Deducted Miles Commuted to Work (25,000+ miles)Sadler deducted all the miles logged behind the wheel of the #19 Ford Fusion as “miles he commuted to work.&rdqu ...

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SUBWAY FRESH FIT 600 ODDS

Math is my frenemy.On one hand, math has me down a fake $200 in my quest to predict who will win races this season. On the other hand, math has me making bold predictions that could earn me gobs of fake cash. On the other hand, none of those bold predictions have worked. On the other hand, I’m optimistic.You know what…math probably sucks, but I’m sticking with it for this week’s picks at Phoenix, site of the Subway Fresh Fit 600. Trust me, you’ll be entertained. ...

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JOHNSON AND BUSCH: A RIVALRY IN THE MAKING

BRISTOL, Tenn. _ With such a renewed focus on rivalries in the sport, another great rivalry is in the beginning stages. No, I’m not talking about Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski. I’m not talking about Kevin Harvick and Edwards either. The newest rivalry that is developing in the Sprint Cup Series appears to be between Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch. This rivalry, unlike the others, is developing not in the media center, but on the track. During Sunday’s Food City 500 at th ...

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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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FOOD CITY 500 ODDS

As a kid, I loved Mike Singletary. A linebacker for the Chicago Bears, the Hall of Famer had a stare that made men wet themselves. Singletary also hit harder than Carl Edwards when he sees anything that rhymes with Keselowski.Singletary currently coaches the San Francisco 49’ers, where he had one of the greatest coaching rants of all time in his very first game on the job. It is that mantra that will dig me out of my winless hole at the Food City 500 this weekend. Why? Paging Mr. Singletar ...

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JIMMIE JOHNSON CAR FALLS

 I am sure this is fake, given Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus's poor acting and the fact that the car fell on a Kobalt tool box and Kobalt just happens to be the sponsor of this week's race. And I think laser beams would have shot out of crew chief Knaus's eyes if this actually happened to one of his cars. Still, you have to think this is the type of thing Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch daydream about. Tim Tebow 'steals' Darrell Waltrip's car (Orlando Sentinel)And this is why you don't tell you ...

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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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JOHNSON WINS SECOND IN A ROW

Jimmie Johnson took four tires. Jeff Gordon took two. Guess who made the right call. The guy with the golden horseshoe up his rear, that's who. Gordon dominated, but Johnson slipped past his teammate and owner with 17 laps to go for the win. Sprint Cup points leader Kevin Harvick passed Gordon to finish second.   Jimmie Johnson wins at Vegas (AP) ...

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JIMMIE JOHNSON ON LATE LATE SHOW

Jimmie Johnson looks more and more relaxed during these interviews. Tough to pull off with a golden horseshoe up your rear. For more NASCAR drivers on talk shows go here.Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s beard has a Facebook page (Facebook)Ridiculous (yet obvious) sports headline for Danica Patrick article (Orlando Sentinel)Ideas for Auto Club Speedway: Naked sled race draws 14,000 fans (The Local)Failed burn out (Break)GIF of the Day: The Buffer two-step (Cage Potato)Boner Stabone is missing at th ...

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