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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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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BLANEY’S TOP 5 SCORES ONE FOR THE NASCAR “JOES”

If he walked through your door, you would be startled by the unfamiiar face. When he strolls through airports, it is probably only the hard core NASCAR fan or a World of Outlaws racing fan who would recognize him- a great candidate for What's My Line? For those who love the under dog, Dave Blaney is something of a folk icon after finishing third at Talladega. For kids whose folks dine out at Golden Corral, the 49-year old is something of a Santa Claus, because as the fans know from his rear ...

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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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WHY SEVERAL NASCAR DRIVERS REBUFFED OBAMA

An invitation to the White House doesn't arrive in the mail every day, but several NASCAR drivers rebuffed Obama as if it was an invitation to Joey Logano's birthday party. President Obama invited the 2010 Chase drivers to the White House, but four drivers (Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart, Greg Biffle and Kevin Harvick) declined citing “prior commitments”.What prior commitments would prevent these drivers from a private meeting with the commander in chief? Even the Green Bay Packers accep ...

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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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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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DALE EARNHARDT JR. RUNS OUT OF FUEL GIVING KEVIN HARVICK COCA-COLA 600 WIN

CONCORD, N.C. _ On a day that saw the leader wreck on the final lap of the Indianapolis 500, the 2011 Coca-Cola 600 also came down to a last lap pass for the win. Ironically, in both events it was the National Guard car that came up short on Memorial Day weekend.  Leading the field to the white flag, Dale Earnhardt Jr. brought Junior Nation to their feet as it appeared the fan favorite was about to end his daunting winless streak. However just like the Indy 500, it was n ...

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