Winning Changes Everything

Isn't it funny- the ironic kind of funny? Think of how winning changes everything, including the narrative of a number of prominent drivers. Just a year ago, the talking heads were talking about the "R" word (retirement) in relationship to Jeff Gordon. Now with three 2014 wins and a points lead, Big Daddy is suddenly rejuvinated, his back feels great, and they're talking about the "Drive For Five." Just a few seasons ago, hater sites were having a field day with Dale Earnhardt Jr., chr ...

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Flyin’ (Under The Radar) Ryan Newman

  Guess who's fifth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Standings? No peeking! If you guessed Ryan Newman, you have been paying close attention. I even got caught off guard with that until an All Left Turns reader pointed it out to me Tuesday. No need to adjust the lighting on your monitor, in his first year at Richard Childress, "Rocketman" is fifth overall and the 13th seed in the current Chase standings. How has he done it? Newman has yet to visit victory lane in 2014, and his two top fiv ...

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Nascar Prop Bets

It's the final off week of the 2014 Sprint Cup season. So while drivers and teams try to relax before the final push for a championship, here are some things to think about that could impact the rest of the 2014 Sprint Cup season. (more...) ...

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The Comeback Kids

For this fan, Brad Keselowski and Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be forever linked. After all, it was Earnhardt who gave Keselowski his big break in the Nationwide Series. He had his rough edges, but that ride led a short-term Cup opportunity at Hendrick Motorsports, a win at Talladega for James Finch, and then that championship ride for Roger Penske. Both have racing in their blood as sons of racers, both are a little rough around the edges; occasionally saying things that make suits squirm. Both ...

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Let Him Race: In Defense Of Morgan Shepherd

A 72-year old in auto racing? Are you serious? No, you don't need your eyes checked; Morgan Shepherd not only drove a race car in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in New Hampshire, he also found himself in some unwanted headlines as a result of his wreck that took out a contender, Joey Logano. The idea of someone driving a race car along with 42 others who was born during the FDR administration seems preposterous...unless you think it through a little further. This driver, who debuted in ...

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Pocono 400 Odds

The tricky triangle is one of Nascar’s biggest challenges for drivers. Three distinct turns with three distinct degrees of banking offer opportunities for passing and sustained speed. While familiar faces lead the pack, surprising names might make a run Sunday. (more...) ...

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Coca Cola 600 Odds

[caption id="attachment_684438" align="aligncenter" width="520"] Courtesy: Charlotte Motor Speedway[/caption] Sunday is the best racing day of the year. No disrespect to the Daytona 500, but Sunday offers 15 hours of important racing, ending with the Nascar's version of a marathon: the Coca Cola 600. Looking at the odds, there's enough that stands out to make the final few hours of this racing marathon well worth watching. (more...) ...

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Richmond: Win, Lose or Draw

[caption id="attachment_684341" align="aligncenter" width="520"] (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)[/caption]   Richmond is officially Talladega of short tracks, pure crazy from start to finish. Thrown punches. Crazy finishes. Bad tires. Where to start? Here's the closest thing possible to a complete breakdown, Bert Convy style. (more...) ...

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The Best Is Yet To Come

NASCAR's most popular driver won the season opener. A veteran driver with championship potential has overcome some potholes in his path to secure a pair of wins, almost ensuring his spot in the Chase. A former champion finds redemption with his new team by ending a long victory drought. Among a bumper crop of fresh faces are two phenoms who have captured the imagination of the racing public: one is a California kid with a sparkling background as an open wheeler, and the other, the son of a b ...

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Duck Commander: Win, Lose or Draw

(Photo: Chris Graythen, Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)   Apparently, everything is bigger in Texas, including the rainstorms. Monday's Duck Commander 500 features several exciting events and reasons to be frustrated about how those events transpired. Here's a Bert Convy inspired breakdown. (more...) ...

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