5 DRIVERS I’M WATCHING IN 2012

What an offseason! There hasn't been this much movement since lightning hit the revival tent. With all the postseason silliness and some of the goings on out on the track, there’s plenty of suspense going into 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. With great interest, here's what this observer is watching….   1. Jimmie Johnson-  The 5-time champion has blazed many new trails, but now finds himself in uncharted territory: starting a season among the masses after an historic ...

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NASCAR LETTERS TO SANTA

Christmas is a different sort of deal for a NASCAR drivers. Most of their wishes don’t come true until well after the holidays, and some even come a little early. Our intrepid reporters have hacked Santa’s email to see what some of your favorite NASCAR personalities wants underneath their tree…Hey Santa,Thanks for the early presents. The five Chase wins were sweet, and I really love my new trophy. I’m just hoping I don’t get any coal in my stocking a ...

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Kurt Busch May Find Himself On An Island

Kurt Busch in one of his better moments with the media, Michelle Beadle from ESPN's "Sports Nation"Imagine you are Kurt Busch today. “OK, no time like the present to get started on the job hunt. Let’s get the old rolodex out and start working on getting some resumes out.Hmm, let’s see, there’s Roush Fenway. Oh yeah, been there, done that. It didn’t end real well, either. Or how about Richard Childress? No, they just shut the 33 team down, and there wa ...

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11 BIG NASCAR STORIES FOR 2011

From first time winners to a three time champion, there no shortage of story lines from the 2011 Sprint Cup season. There was a fair amount of good, a little of bad and even a bit of ugly to keep NASCAR nation abuzz.1. Wins matter in championship tie-breaker. With five victories in 10 chase races, Tony Stewart wins the tie-breaker in his sprint to the finish with Carl Edwards, whose average chase finish of 4.9 would be good enough to win a championship in most seasons. Without question, the 2011 ...

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HAIL TO THE CREW CHIEF, DARIAN GRUBB

Could you imagine continuing to work in a place where you were told you wouldn’t be coming back? Imagine learning this right in the middle of trying to attain the pinnacle. Could you keep soldiering on, or would you tell the boss to stick it where the sun doesn’t shine? To do the latter is understandable; to do the former is noble.Championship crew chief Darian Grubb is a prince of a man for his professionalism at Stewart Haas Racing. Getting word at Charlotte that he would not be re ...

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