AdvoCare 500: Win Lose or Draw

  Photo Courtesy: Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE[/caption] So the race for the 2013 Sprint Cup is essentially over. So while we know who the biggest two winners of the weekend were, there are several others who left Phoenix impacted significantly by Sunday's events. Here's a quick breakdown, Bert Convy style... Win: Mark Martin Chances are Martin has just one race left in his hall of fame worthy Sprint Cup career. Martin never won a title, finished second in the points five time ...

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WHAT ABOUT NASCAR RACING IN HEATS?

That persistent itch for racing will get a nice, comforting scratch this Saturday night as the “race formerly known as the Bud Shootout” (now known as the “Sprint Unlimited”) is set to start. Ask any NASCAR fan, and he/she can tell you just how long two months can be. All the right ingredients in the mix: it’s Saturday night, under the lights, with a series of dashes leading up to the big finale. Hmmm, now about racing in heats? Why not have more racing events ...

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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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WHO’S LAUGHING AT MICHAEL WALTRIP RACING NOW?

 For years, Michael Waltrip has been the clown prince of NASCAR, with commercials depicting the 2001 Daytona 500 winner showing up to race at the wrong track, and reading nasty fan mail mocking his performance. With a resume that pales in comparison to his brother Darrell, Waltrip has been a willing foil; the Bob Uecker of NASCAR, if you will. That caricature had carried over from his career as a driver to his role as team owner. While manufacturer Toyota struggled, Michael Waltrip Rac ...

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BRIAN VICKERS IS MAKING A CASE FOR A FULLTIME CUP RIDE

Six races. Three Top Tens. Three Tops Fives. Put another way, the story of Brian Vickers’ 2012 season may be entitled “Making The Most of Limited Opportunities.” He almost pulled it off at Bristol. It would do a great deal to ease the pain of the past couple of seasons. Can you imagine being in his shoes? After scratching and clawing to help get Red Bull Racing on the map, there seemed to be a payoff for “The Sheriff” when he pulled into victory lane for the ...

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MYTHBUSTING: NASCAR IS A REDNECK SPORT

 If you talk to some uppity sports fans, they think a typical NASCAR fan’s Sunday follows a predictable routine. They stagger out of bed with a pounding head sometime around 9 a.m. and throw on a pair of shorts that should have been thrown out five years ago, and their cleanest dirty sleeveless flannel shirt. After a pot of coffee as thick as roofing tar and a breakfast of Jimmy Dean sausage, eggs over easy and biscuits ‘n’ gravy, they hop in the ‘72 Ford pick- ...

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NASCAR MYTHBUSTING: DRIVERS AREN’T ATHLETES

 An oft-heard definition of NASCAR? “Non-Athletic Sport Centered Around Rednecks.” If you’ve followed the sport more than two months, you’ve heard it as your non-NASCAR friends bellow like this is some new shtick. Seriously, get some new material! The truth of the matter is the joke is on them. They’re not bad people, most of them, they’re just ignorant, attempting to perpetuate an aging myth. These are the same people who, because they watched Tallad ...

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GUESS WHO’S COURTING NASCAR HISTORY?

He would be a perfect candidate for What’s My Line? Plain spoken and unassuming, Greg Biffle isn’t even known all that well in his native Pacific Northwest. He’s a back-up center for the Trail Blazers, isn’t he? Or is he one of those Ice Trucker guys? No, no, he’s the defensive coordinator for the Seahawks. Until now, few would blame him for feeling like the Rodney Dangerfield of NASCAR. Either the media is talking about the ever-quotable defending champion To ...

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MARK MARTIN: RACING LESS, ENJOYING IT MORE

Freedom- the beauty of living in the United States of America. You have the freedom to pursue the dream you wish, however you wish. Consider Mark Martin and his decision to race a part time schedule in 2012. Some say “Why?” The real question here is “Why not?” If Mark Martin wants to run a 25 (out of 36) race schedule, and he has a willing employer- in this case, Michael Waltrip- why shouldn’t he? It’s like they say in the car business: a fair price is th ...

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2012 AND THE CAR VS. DRIVER QUESTION

 How many times have you heard this: “If so-and-so just had some decent equipment to run in, maybe he’d win.” Of the #20 car dominating the Nationwide Series, Clint Bowyer only half jokingly once said, “A monkey could drive that car.” How much of the NASCAR winning equation is the car- or the team- and how much of it is on the driver? 2012 will offer a lot of interesting fodder for that discussion. Will Kurt Busch pilot his new James Finch ride int ...

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