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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WINNERS KEEP THEIR COOL

“Sports do not build character.They reveal it.” Sportswriter Haywood Hale Broun may have been on to something, though he had passed from the scene long before Sunday’s NASCAR race at Martinsville. Much of the focus will no doubt be on some of the bad behavior during race, but what of the drivers who did it right? Their respect for others and self-restraint will be celebrated here.Jimmie Johnson admits there was a temptation to bang doors withTony Stewart on the final re-start t ...

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A JOLT OF RACING REALITY

It’s like sitting on a Denver freeway in December in the middle of multi-car collision: you just sit waiting for the next hit to come. There have been numerous harrowing crashes in major motorsports in recent years, with numerous drivers walking away as we all held our collective breaths waiting for the driver to emerge. The moment never came for defending Indy 500 champion Dan Wheldon on Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.Not Wheldon! The guy has a wife and two young sons who will on ...

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MYTHBUSTING THE JOHNSON CONSPIRACY

From the Salem witch trials in colonial Massachusetts to the Bilderberger’s Conference, conspiracy theories have been abundant and ever present to explain away things we can’t quite understand. Not to be left out, NASCAR nation has had its fair share.Let’s see, we have NASCAR turning a blind eye to pave the way for Richard Petty’s 200th win at Daytona in the presence of President Ronald Reagan. Then there was Darrell Waltrip’s suspicious car that earned him an All-S ...

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WHO HOLDS POCKET ACES AT KANSAS?

How fitting that this week’s race at Kansas bears the name of a casino. The 2011 Chase, so far, has resembled a high speed game of chance with a reshuffling of the leaderboard each week. First, it was Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch at the top, then Tony Stewart, and now, Harvick and Carl Edwards lead the way. That’s to say nothing of the comings and goings in the other 11 spots. Going into the the Hollywood Casino 400, there’s one certainty ...

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CHICAGO SHAKE UP ADDS INTRIGUE

“So this is one of ten.  So there's a lot that can happen...” The words of Monday’s Geico 400 winner Tony Stewart ring true. It may actually be more understatement than anything else, because a lot has happened already, with front runners dropping off and mid-packers surging ahead.While most of the race produced the kind of racing typical of a mile-and-a-half track, the ending produced the kind of shake up that a number of fans were looking for. With his win ...

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JEFF GORDON’S DRIVE FOR FIVE IS ALIVE

When he turned 40, someone must have given Jeff Gordon a bottle of water from the Fountain of Youth. In the 6 races he’s run since his August 4 birthday, Wonder Boy has picked up career victory number 85, finished top ten in all but one race, and he is well poised to pick up that that elusive fifth NASCAR Cup championship.He may have come up just a wee bit short in his bid to win the final race before the Chase Saturday night (third), but make no mistake that no one has been ...

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QUIET, COOL KENSETH IS THE STEALTH CANDIDATE

It’s really not rocket science, in spite of how the talking heads want to spin it: to win a championship you must be consistent, and you must be a winner. It’s simple, but it’s not easy. Kyle Busch leads the way with four wins, but finds himself in a tie with Jimmie Johnson, who this year has been remarkably consistent, but has just the singular win at Talladega.Among the serious contenders are other drivers in similar circumstances. Kevin Harvick got hot early but has tai ...

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FORGET HISTORY, KYLE’S IN CHAMPIONSHIP FORM

With his win at Michigan, Kyle Busch is heating up in a fashion similar to his brilliant summer of 2008. Since winning at Kentucky on July 9th, he’s had one bobble (a 36th at Dover), a 10th place run at Indy, and thee top fives, capped off by Sunday’s run to the checkered flag in the Irish Hills.Critics may say they’ve seen this before. True enough, after snapping up wins right and left in his first season at Joe Gibbs, Shrub collapsed in the Chase, prompting him to s ...

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SADLY, KENTUCKY WAS NO SURPRISE

Today’s challenge will be to not make this piece look like a rant. This observer considers himself open-minded, optimistic and one who can generally find the good in just about any situation.Finding any good out of Saturday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup event at Kentucky Motor Speedway is difficult to do. Sadly, it comes as no surprise. That’s the travesty of it.First- there’s the track. After fans have clamored for years for something other than a mile-and-a-half ae ...

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