A FAVORITE HEADING INTO THE CHASE?

HAMPTON, Ga._ Every year it seems one or two drivers enter the Chase for the Sprint Cup with momentum, bonus points and the other drivers looking at them as the guy to beat in the final ten races of the year. This season, however, it seems the Chase field is full of unknowns, multiple possibilities and no hands down favorite to win. Despite being ninth in points and having only one top-10 in the last seven races, most people in the garage still point to four-time defending champions Jimmie Johns ...

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CHASE CLINCH SCENARIOS – ATLANTA

HAMPTON, Ga._ With only two races left before the 12-driver field is set for the 2010 Chase for the Sprint Cup, only two drivers enter this weekend’s race locked in the Chase. Points leader Kevin Harvick and second-place Jeff Gordon have already secured a spot in NASCAR’s version of the post-season, but this weekend the remaining 10 drivers in the top-12 have a chance to leave Atlanta with a place in the Chase. While each of the 10 have a mathematical shot to head to Richmond locked ...

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JOHNSON CRASHES AT BRISTOL

Not surprisingly, the World’s Fastest Half-Mile provided plenty of excitement this past weekend across all three series, culminating in a triumphant weekend sweep by Kyle Busch. What was surprising was the lack of crashes we’re accustomed to seeing at a short, steep track such as Bristol. There was plenty of hard racing on display, but drivers were able to avoid day-ending mistakes. Somehow, I don’t think Jimmie Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus are taking much solace ...

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BUSCH-JOHNSON RIVALRY COULD REIGNITE

BRISTOL, Tenn._ After getting beat by Jimmie Johnson at Bristol Motor Speedway earlier this year, Penske Racing’s Kurt Busch claimed he would have rather been beat by any of the other 41 cars in the field other than the No. 48.Over the last two seasons, Johnson and Busch have developed a rivalry on that track by racing hard, usually at the front of the field. Unfortunately for Busch, that has led to wrecked race cars and disappointing finishes. With both drivers coming into the Food City 5 ...

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EARNHARDT, JOHNSON, HAMLIN, HARVICK AND BIFFLE GATHER FOR ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION

Sports Illustrated gathered NASCAR's most popular driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., four-time defending Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, future champ (?) Denny Hamlin, points leader Kevin Harvick and -- why the heck not? -- Greg Biffle to sit down together at Michigan International Speedway for a roundtable discussion on the state of NASCAR. Everything you've been thinking? Yep, they agree. The highlights:The drivers admitted there is no reason to watch a race at Talladega until the last 10 laps. ...

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KURT BUSCH SAYS HE WAS NOT TRYING TO TAKE OUT JIMMIE JOHNSON AT LOUDON

Kurt Busch tapped Jimmie Johnson with seven laps to go at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, sending Johnson into what passes for an angry fit for the four-time champ. Busch claims he was not trying to spin out his rival, saying, "Driving into turn three, I had all intentions of passing him on the inside. Your motive is always to pass a guy clean ... I just got into him in the left rear." Riiiiiiiiight. Somehow Jimmie found a way to win. Jimmie always finds a way to win. 5 thin ...

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LOL RACE PICS: JIMMIE’S GOLDEN HORSESHOE AND JEFF’S RECKLESSNESS WIN THE DAY

Jimmie Johnson really does a golden horseshoe up his behind. And Jeff Gordon has been doing a solid Sam Hornish Jr./David Stremme impersonation lately. It all added up to one huge bummer of a race on Sunday. Unless you were these guys.Props, as always, to LOL Race Pics. Related links:Jimmie pulls Denny asideJunior's beard wincesSilence of the Rocket ManTony Stewart food runDarrell Waltrip bustedAmish Stewart fanStealing Kyle's flagTarget practiceSasquatch Earnhardt Jr.Kyle goes to Walley ...

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AMBROSE’S MISTAKE GIVES JOHNSON THE WIN

As the laps wound down on Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350k at the Infineon Raceway, it appeared the battle for the lead between Marcos Ambrose and Jimmie Johnson was going to be the best we’ve seen in years. Combining to lead 90 of the 110 laps, the two were the strongest cars all afternoon and with a caution coming on Lap 104 of 110, a double-file restart was set to bunch the field up before the run to the checkers. Unexpectedly, Ambrose’s car stopped as the pace car led the fie ...

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LOL RACE PICS: JIMMIE PULLS DENNY ASIDE

 And Denny is saying, "I won by this much." Thanks to LOL Race Pics. Related links:Junior's beard wincesSilence of the Rocket ManTony Stewart food runDarrell Waltrip bustedAmish Stewart fanStealing Kyle's flagTarget practiceSasquatch Earnhardt Jr.Kyle goes to Walley WorldI'm Tony Stewart ... Ting!Kyle is the new BobDrink responsiblyThe Incredible CarlWhat Carl Edwards saidDanica Patrick FAILPhoto finish at ACSFore! ...

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PENSKE, GANASSI BATTLE FROM INDY TO CHARLOTTE AS BUSCH WINS COCA-COLA 600

CONCORD, N.C. _ The day started off with a battle between Roger Penske and Chip Ganassi in the Indianapolis 500 and at the end of the night at the Charlotte Motor Speedway it came down to a battle of Penske versus Ganassi to settle the 51st running of the Coca-Cola 600. Dario Franchitti may have been able to get the job done for Ganassi in Indy, but Kurt Busch was not going to let his Penske car be beaten by a Ganassi owned ride. For much of the race Busch was the car to beat, leading 12 times f ...

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