STEWART VS. JOHNSON: 2012′s TITLE BOUT?

It was almost like watching Richard Petty vs. David Pearson. Lap after lap, the second place driver stalks the leader, looking for a bobble, a slide, a slip to pounce upon. Sunday at Las Vegas, there would be no mistakes on the part of Tony Stewart, defending three-time champion, versus Jimmie Johnson, winner of five consecutive Sprint Cup titles. Stewart stole away with the spoils, thanks to a bold pass on a re-start. It was the 13th time Stewart and Johnson finished a race 1-2, with Smok ...

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DARIAN GRUBB: WINNING!

Revenge is a dish best served cold. Crew chief Darian Grubb isn’t going to crow and thump his chest over his victory with Denny Hamlin Sunday; it’s not his style. By the same token, that warm grin on his face quietly speaks volumes about the fulfilling feeling he must be enjoying as he helps the 11 to victory in just his second race with the team after his dismissal at the end of Tony Stewart’s 2011 championship run. Grubb says he’ll take the high road and stay posi ...

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IS IT OVER YET? PERSEVERENCE PREVAILS

About the only calamities that this race didn’t have was a plague of locusts and Lake Lloyd turning to blood. Monday’s race may not have been the best Daytona 500 ever run, but it will be one we’ll never forget. The good news is all involved made the best of a multitude of bad situations. Rain may have delayed the race, but it didn’t shorten it. A jet dryer fire may have prolonged the race, but the repair crews did a yeoman’s job of fixing the track, and thank ...

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IT’S STAND & DELIVER TIME FOR JOEY LOGANO

For every Jeff Gordon, there’s a Casey Atwood. There are those who arrive on the racing scene with great fanfare and deliver on their promise. On the other hand, NASCAR has seen its share of careers that never really quite got off the launching pad. Within the last five years, Brad Coleman, Stephen Leicht, Stephen Wallace, Jon Wood and others have come along as potential phenoms- only to either falter or just plain flame out. Some guys don’t get a fair shake. In this writer&rsqu ...

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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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STEWART’S SURGE IS GOOD FOR NASCAR

Going into 2011, NASCAR needed more than just a shot in the arm to reverse, or at least halt its move in the wrong direction. NASCAR needed a shakeup. NASCAR needed a good start with a good story coming out of Daytona. Enter Trevor Bayne, delivering the feel good win while driving for the legendary Wood Brothers- a team winless since the days of Elliott Sadler.NASCAR needed someone other than the usual suspects in Victory Lane. This season, fans have been treated wins by guys like Bayn ...

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