Dover: Win Lose or Draw

The Monster Mile is in the rearview mirror. So too are the Chase chances of 75% of the Chase field. While that number looks large (actually it is large) this is progress worthy of a breakdown, Bert Convy style. (more...) ...

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EXPERIENCE HAS TAUGHT KYLE BUSCH WELL

 You hear coaches say you learn more from failure than you learn from success. Put another way, it is said in racing that to win a championship, you must first lose one. It wasn’t too many years ago, Kyle Busch was reeling off wins, smashing guitar trophies, talking smack to Dale Jr., and making friends and enemies in equal numbers. Then, adversity showed up; Busch got busted for tangling with the opposition, he got parked by NASCAR and the burning Busch probably came a little c ...

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RAISING KAHNE IN 2013

There’s a lot of excitement at Hendrick Motorsports. In their stable is a driver on the upswing, poised to deliver on all the potential he showed when he burst on the scene several years ago. All the ingredients are there for a championship run this season, much to the delight of his fans. Oh, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. looks like he will have a good season too. While all the attention on HMS in 2012 was focused on the a possible title run for Jimmie Johnson, the wins and controversy gener ...

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OUR NASCAR TOP 12 STORIES FROM 2012

For better or for worse, NASCAR’s 2012 was an eventful year. As a new year dawns, let us pause and look back on the season that was 2012 in no particular order… Montoya’s season starts with a bang. The only malady the 2012 Daytona 500 lacked was a plague of locusts. Rain delays,wrecks and Juan Pablo Montoya’s collision with a jet dryer highlighted the season’s opener. Unfortunately for Montoya, it would be about the only notoriety he earned in 2012. A Smokin& ...

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BRAD KESELOWSKI: UNREFINED, UNLEASHED, UNCONQUERED

 Sunday night, somewhere around Homestead, where the barley pop was flowing like a swollen heartland river, the strains of this refrain courtesy of Garth Brooks must have surely been heard: I've got friends in low places Where the whiskey drowns And the beer chases my blues away And I'll be okay I'm not big on social graces Think I'll slip on down to the oasis Oh, I've got friends in low places For NASCAR Nation, Brad Keselowski is a tailored fit as their champion. Among sports fans, ...

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NO QUIT KESELOWSKI

 Gonna stand my ground, won't be turned aroundAnd I'll keep this world from draggin' me downGonna stand my ground and I won't back down Tom Petty The words from “Won’t Back Down” describe well the mentality of the young driver hanging tough with five time champion and points leader Jimmie Johnson. Did you see those little exchanges between the 2 and the 48 last Sunday? If Bad Brad Keselowski is nervous, he’s not lettin ...

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BRAD & JIMMIE: THE HUNTER AND THE HUNTED

 It’s funny how a few short years changes things. The phenom becomes the cagey veteran, and the hunter becomes the hunted. Welcome to 2012’s two-horse race: the veteran Jimmie Johnson, in search of his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup championship- and Brad Keselowski- coming on strong in pursuit of his first title at the top level. It wasn’t all that long ago that Johnsn was the kid, chasing down his boss and mentor, Jeff Gordon. Though Keselowski gave up the points lead, it& ...

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THERE’S A POWER TRIO IN CONTROL OF THE CHASE

Jeff Gordon may have it right. Not matter how well he’s run in the last two races, getting up front and really contending for a championship may be nigh upon impossible considering what is happening at the front of the pack; especially the top three. Kevin Harvick? I don’t think it’s his fault, but Richard Childress Racing is way off its game this year. The Jack Roush boys? You talk to some ardent Kenseth fans, and not only do they think their driver is getting thrown unde ...

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ADVERTISING FINE DINING, BUT SERVING UP FAST FOOD

Can I make a confession? I watched about 40 laps of the race, and packed it in for a nap and the NFL. I know this is journalistic sacrilege, but remember, in this role, I am a commentator and not a reporter. If you ask me, what I learned from that mid-race stretch told me all I needed to know about Sunday’s race at New Hampshire anyway. You’d think a fierce battle featuring a five-time champion and a couple of young upstarts would be enough to keep a person glued to the screen, ...

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TEN WEEKS OF INTRIGUE

 A lot can happen in ten weeks. Does the name Tony Stewart ring a bell? With no clear front runner the 2012 run to the championship is ripe for another Stewart to come along and seize the day. Think about it, a wild card could win this season’s championship. Look at Jeff Gordon; the idea of him reeling off a run during the Chase isn’t as far fetched as you might think. Climb a mountain? Wonder Boy had to scale Mt. Everest just to make the top 12. Sure, he enters with a 12 p ...

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