THERE’S A LOT RIDING ON DAYTONA

Between some of the hijinks at Sonoma, and given the way the standings are shaping up in the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup standings, there may be as many fireworks during the race (or at least the end of it) as there is after it. Look closely at the standings, and you can see why. For some, there’s a golden opportunity to fortify their position at the front. For others, a Daytona victory may be their last best shot.For 2010 winner Kevin Harvick, this could become “Separation Saturday.&rdqu ...

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FUEL MILEAGE IS STRATEGY AND STRATEGY IS A PART OF RACING

The race isn’t always to the swift. Sometimes, the dominant team doesn’t always win. Just ask the Miami Heat after Game 2 of the NBA finals. In this instance, the team with the hot hand won. At Kansas, the team who combined strategy with track position came out on top as Brad Keselowski took the checkered flag a day after Justin Allgaier coasted to the finish line at Chicagoland Speedway.I know I’m out on this limb with little company, but I don’t have a problem with fuel ...

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CHASE FORECAST: WHO’S IN, WHO’S OUT

One-third of the way through the Sprint Cup season, and conventional wisdom suggests we have a good idea of who will make or miss the NASCAR Chase for the Championship. See if you agree with who’ll make it and who won’t….In Like FlintKevin Harvick has the wins, and has the consistency. With three checkereds he’s the provisional number one seed. It would be nice to see him be a little more dominant once in a while. Winning races is rarely an issue for Kyle Busch. Even bet ...

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MATT KENSETH WINS DOVER ON TWO TIRE CALL

Sunday afternoon in Dover, Jimmie Johnson led 207 laps, Carl Edwards led 117 laps and Matt Kenseth led only 33, but it was Kenseth that led the last one. Always a threat on the Monster Mile, Kenseth used pit strategy late in the race to score his second victory of the year and Roush Fenway Racing’s ninth win at Dover. Although it appeared as if the race would come down to a battle between Johnson, Edwards and Clint Bowyer, the final round of pit stops changed the entire complexion of the r ...

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JOHNSON USES ‘MOST INFLUENTIAL’ TITLE FOR EVIL

Jimmie Johnson has been named the most influential athlete by Forbes Magazine. This honor is given to the athlete with the most likability, high awareness in the public eye and horseshoes wedged in uncomfortable places. Johnson beat out Tom Brady, Shaq, Michael Phelps and Dale Jr for this year's title.  Johnson wasted no time in wielding the power of his new position to issue a set of impossible demands. For those who thought Johnson's ego couldn't get any bigger after his Best Driver ESPY, ...

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