NASCAR CHAMPIONSHIP SCENARIOS DEMYSTIFIED

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship is a three-way dead heat. Only 46 points separate third place Kevin Harvick from leader Denny Hamlin and one of these men will join an impressive list of past Cup Champions.  NASCAR's point system is a confusing menagerie including a sliding scale of points based on finishing place, bonus points, penalties and crew chief shoe size. Since NASCAR refuses to institute simple scoring for the Sprint Cup champion, viewers can refer to this simple roadmap fo ...

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NO. 29 SHELL-PENNZOIL HOLIDAY PRIZE PACKS

 We're doing another contest and this time the prize is No. 29 team Shell-Pennzoil Holiday prize packs. The prize packs consist of: No. 29 die-cast carNo. 29 Shell-Pennzoil Christmas OrnamentsNo. 29 decalsHarley-Davidson Koozies  Microfiber Clean ClothsThe prizes are brought to you by Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasolines, which I am legally required to tell you (OK, not really) acts as a barrier to shield and protect critical engine parts against performance-robbing gunk. A ...

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THE CASE FOR DENNY HAMLIN

Ah, the angst! You would think by the way some are writing it up, Denny Hamlin’s done for the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship, and the trophy engravers are already at work on preparing Jimmie Johnson’s fifth title in as many years.Not so fast! A good argument, no, several good arguments can be made that Johnson’s “Drive For Five” has hit debris. Consider...It’s still Denny’s lead to lose. Yes, a 15 point is not a 58 point lead, and it’s not eve ...

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FUEL MILEAGE RACE BRINGS CHASE CLOSER THAN EVER

Entering the day with a 33-point lead in the standings, Denny Hamlin dominated Sunday’s race at the Phoenix International Raceway. However, when his No. 11 FedEx Toyota ran short on gas he not only lost the race, but lost his comfortable cushion in the Chase headed into the season finale next weekend in Homestead. While Carl Edwards was celebrating his first Sprint Cup Series win since 2008, Hamlin was busy punching his dashboard and throwing a water bottle in frustration, Jimmie Johnson w ...

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STAGE SET FOR WILD WEST SHOWDOWN

Hollywood couldn’t write a better script. Certainly the NASCAR brass couldn’t gin up a finish like this, regardless of what the conspiratorial types may think. There’s just two races and three drivers still very much in the championship discussion, and all of them can make a case for being the favorite come high noon (at least here in the West it is) at Phoenix International Speedway.The race couldn’t come at a better time for points leader Jimmie Johnson. The champion fi ...

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HAMLIN WINS CRAZY DAY IN TEXAS

Entering the day with the top three in the Chase standings separated by only 38 points, Sunday’s 500-mile race at the Texas Motor Speedway was crazier than anyone could imagine. Throughout the entire Chase, Denny Hamlin’s game plan was to be patient and conservative until making it through Talladega, then let loose. One race after closing the championship gap with Jimmie Johnson, Hamlin stayed true to his word, scoring the win in Texas and taking the points lead with only two race ...

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HAMLIN, HARVICK HOPEFUL IN HOMESTRETCH

The racing gods must be smiling. Certainly, the powers that be at NASCAR have to be. With three races to go, a mere 38 points separates the three remaining contenders for the NASCAR Sprint Cup title.Who would have thought we would actually be looking forward to three races on three intermediate tracks? As we will see, Texas, Phoenix and Homestead- Miami offer sufficiently level playing fields for championship hopefuls Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick as they seek to dethrone four-time defendi ...

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WILD FINISH TO THE WILD CARD RACE

TALLADEGA, Ala._ It took nearly three minutes, but Clint Bowyer was finally announced the winner of Sunday’s AMP Energy Juice 500 at the Talladega Superspeedway. Getting a push from Juan Pablo Montoya, Bowyer was able to inch past teammate Kevin Harvick – who was getting pushed by David Reutimann – as they headed into the first turn on the final lap. Behind them, the ‘Big One’ happened just past the start-finish line, sending AJ Allmendinger flipping, freezing the f ...

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HAMLIN MATCHING JOHNSON’S MOXIE

Just who does this Denny Hamlin think he is? He ends last season by saying he’s gunning to knock Jimmie Johnson off his perch. Then Hamlin defies logic by tearing up his knee playing hoops. Then he follows that up with surgery, and then goes out and wins a race just following surgery. As if that’s not enough, the outspoken challenger essentially blows off Sonoma because there’s no road course in the Chase. Then the topper: he predicts a victory at Martinsville&he ...

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WHO SAID IT WAS OVER?

MARTINSVILLE, Va._ After scoring his seventh victory of the season and first of the Chase, Denny Hamlin walked into the Martinsville Speedway media center pointing at reporters, asking, “Who said it was over? Told you it wasn’t over.”Coming into the weekend 41 points behind Jimmie Johnson in the Chase, Hamlin knew this weekend’s race in Martinsville was his best chance to close the gap before heading to the ‘wild card’ race at Talladega Superspeedway. Sitting ...

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