SPRINT CUP A 3-WAY BATTLE BETWEEN KYLE BUSCH, JIMMIE JOHNSON AND DENNY HAMLIN

The Sprint Cup most likely will be won by Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson or Denny Hamlin, writes SI.com's Lars Anderson. Somewhere Kevin Harvick is punching a wall right now. Kyle Busch delivers another title-caliber run in Dover win (SI.com) ...

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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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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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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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AARON’S 499 ODDS

Only at Talladega.Only at Talladega can “Field” have better odds than Mark Martin. Only at Talladega can Dale Earnhardt Jr. be a favorite. Only in Talladega do things get so bunched together  that it makes no good sense to bet fake money on the race.I’m down a fake $300 after Denny Hamlin’s ACL and some dopey decisions from otherwise smart drivers hosed me out of a Samsung 500 win. Desperate times call for desperate moves, even if that means putting fake money on the ...

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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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