WHY KURT BUSCH IS GOOD FOR NASCAR

Kurt Busch is most definitely good for NASCAR. Right now, you’re either thinking I’ve been smoking Oregon’s number one cash crop, or I am being as honest as Ol’ Slick Willie about Ms. Lewinski. Like him or not (and for the record, I am not saying I’m a fan), Kurt Busch is a needed presence in the sport. Why? First of all, Kurt races to win. One need look no further than Saturday night. His dash for cash contained no animus for anyone in his path, he had a race ...

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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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KENSETH DELIVERS FOR GIBBS & TOYOTA

You hear that deep sigh of relief? That’s the folks at Toyota Racing Development after the win by Matt Kenseth. You know who else is breathing a little easier? Matt Kenseth. You want to talk about a honeymoon? After his victory in the Kobalt Tools 400, the new pairing of the 41-year old with JGR is like a sunny, summer soirée in Cabo. “I felt a lot of pressure that I put on myself to come in here and perform. I felt like coming over here and getting to know Jason, and real ...

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KENSETH & GIBBS A PERFECT MATCH

 “Matt Kenseth, Cambridge, Wisconsin, Home Depot Toyota.” You can just hear it roll right off the 2003 champion’s tongue in the driver’s intro on PRN. Everything about this move of Matt Kenseth to Joe Gibbs Racing looks, feels and sounds right. It’s a win for JGR. The 41-year old brings a steady, calming influence as a counterweight to the emotional Denny Hamlin and the mercurial Kyle Busch. Going all the way back to his days as coach of the Washington Red ...

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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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PARTING GIFTS FROM MATT KENSETH

I can just imagine what must be going through the mind of team owner Jack Roush right now. “Uh, Matt? Are you really sure we can’t talk you into staying?” It’s cool to be Matt Kenseth right now. His win at Kansas is his second since it was announced that the 2003 champion will be making the move to Joe Gibbs Racing. Way to stick it to the man, Matty, seeing as how Mr. Roush views being associated with Toyota as going to the dark side.   Truly, the best part o ...

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GRUBB THE GAME CHANGER

 How much does a crew chief matter? Ask Denny Hamlin and the number 11 team over at Joe Gibbs Racing. On the heels of back-to-back victories at Bristol and Atlanta, the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series leader in victories has all the makings of a championship winner with one race to go before the 10-race chase. Crew chief Darian Grubb- who helped guide Tony Stewart to the 2011 championship- has made a difference. After a couple of slower pit stops early on in Sunday night’s Ad ...

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ANTICIPATION, EXPECTATIONS SURROUND BRISTOL

The title may belong to the Daytona 500, but for many fans, there was a time when the second race at Bristol was the “Great American Race.” Is there anything more American than a short track race on a Saturday night? Better yet, folks who don’t have satellite or cable TV get to see the race, as it will be broadcast on ABC. After years of hearing the numerous complaints concerning the multi-groove racing at Bristol, track owner Bruton Smith has repaved the track to the deli ...

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A ROAD COURSE FIGURES INTO THE CHASE RACE

 More than once you will hear a NASCAR fan opine that there should be a road course included in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase schedule. You can count yours truly among that number. This Sunday’s Finger Lakes 355 at The Glen may not be on the NASCAR’s “playoff” schedule, but rest assured, it may very well affect who gets there Jeff Gordon vaulted himself into relevancy with his win at Pocono, now holding one of the wild card spots. There must be a bit of a smile on ...

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EDWARDS & STEWART NOT BLAMELESS

It’s not what fans always to hear, but it’s true; officials don’t win or lose sporting events, the participants do. Before you start throwing things at your monitor or disparaging this observer’s ancestry, think about it. Officials aren’t infallible, and they do make some horrendous calls. Worse yet, they can become magnified by the moment in which they occur. With that said, for every bad call, there are numerous win costing, competitor errors: missed shots, i ...

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