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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