NASCAR’S MOST POPULAR DRIVER

 FONTANA, Calif. _ Who is the most popular driver in NASCAR? There is only one way to find out. (Actually, there are many ways to find out, and most methods don’t involve eating giant turkey legs or giving away heart-shaped chocolates. But for the purposes of this article…) There really was only one way to find out.  With NASCAR on the West Coast for the second race of the season, All Left Turns hit Auto Club Speedway in search of the answer to the question, &ldquo ...

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LUCK WINS RACES, NOT CHAMPIONSHIPS

Since his move to the Cup Series in 2002, Jimmie Johnson has recorded 48 victories and four straight championships thanks to fast race cars, great calls from crew chief Chad Knaus and a touch of luck. Sunday’s victory at the Auto Club Speedway was no exception. The dominant car on the day, Johnson’s race nearly took a turn for the worse when a caution flew as his team completed work on pit road. Able to beat race leader Jeff Burton to the pit exit, Johnson avoided losing a lap and wh ...

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JIMMIE JOHNSON WINS AUTO CLUB 500

FONTANA, Calif. _ Jimmie Johnson held off Kevin Harvick in the closing laps of the Auto Club 500 to collect his second straight win at his home track and the 48th of his career. The defending Sprint Cup champion led 101 laps, more than twice as many as any other driver. His seemingly never-ending run of good luck continued Sunday. Or, as Harvick put it, "They have a golden horseshoe stuck up their ass."  Johnson caught a big break on his last stop when he pitted right before a ...

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FIVE NASCAR MYTHS

Race fans know their sport. Or do they? There are some misnomers floating around the NASCAR world. Die-hard knowledgeable fans know the deep details that make the following statements false. Read carefully. Now think carefully. Check some history books. Do some research. And be careful how you use the word “NASCAR.”1. Jimmie Johnson Is The Only Driver To Win Four Consecutive NASCAR Championships. Johnson is the only driver to win four consecutive CUP championships. Emphasis on the wo ...

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PETTY PRESENTS JOHNSON WITH AWARD

So who gets nervous when Jimmie Johnson meets Richard Petty? Johnson? Petty? Both? Neither? Petty got a little loose at an award ceremony in Johnson's honor, but he recovered gracefully. The clip is from HBO's 24/7 Jimmie Johnson. 24/7 Jimmie Johnson Race to Daytona: Driver of the Year Award (HBO on YouTube) ...

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24/7 JIMMIE JOHNSON EPISODE 1

In case you missed it - or don't have HBO - I present episode one of "24/7 Jimmie Johnson," AKA "Behind the Music with Vanilla Nice." (I swear I am going to make that nickname stick.) 24/7 Jimmie Johnson (HBO YouTube) ...

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THE SECRET TO JIMMIE JOHNSON’S SUCCESS

 Thank you for uncovering the second-greatest NASCAR mystery of all time, LOLnascar.   Related links: Too much informationKyle's big planElvis Earnhardt Jr.You were warnedWho's the boss?Who you calling rookie?The Junior bailoutCalm down, DennyMark Martin and the InternetsBrad CauseawreckskiLa-la-la I can't hear youSay hello to my little friendThe 28-year-old virginEstrada!Another boring raceUnlike Juan Pablo Montoya, All Left Turns is beloved in SacramentoKanye interrupts Monto ...

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FIVE BEST NASCAR MOMENTS OF THE 2000S

The last ten years have produced many ups and downs in NASCAR. Here is a list of the five best moments of the decade.1. Network television contract. Prior to 2001 NASCAR had no television broadcast deal. Each individual speedway negotiated the rights to air its events. The historic 1979 Daytona 500 began an accelerated growth in popularity. Ten years later, 1989 was the first season in which every then-Winston Cup race was televised live. The 90s continued the increase in viewers and fans, and t ...

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JOHNSON IS MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Jimmie Johnson - whom I recently thought of a good nickname for - on Monday became the first driver to win the Associated Press's Male Athlete of the Year award. OK, let's take the new nickname for a spin. Vanilla Nice (see how I combined his vanilla-ness and his nice-ness there?) received 42 votes from editors at U.S. newspapers that are members of the AP. In their 78-year history of giving out the award, AP voters never thought to give Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt Sr. or Jeff Gordon the award ...

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FOUR-TIMERS’ CLUB: JOHNSON VS. GORDON

With four straight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series titles, the Jimmie Johnson era is upon us. While that feat is unprecedented, Johnson is not the only current driver who is a four-time champ. Johnson’s car owner, teammate and friend Jeff Gordon also has four titles and next year, no doubt, the Gordon and Johnson Drive for Five will be upon us. All of which begs the question – at least, in my head – whose four titles are the most impressive, Gordon’s or Johnson’s? Gordo ...

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