SONGS AS NASCAR AWARDS- 2011 EDITION

We have our music awards; we have our NASCAR awards. What if we put both together? Here’s the 2011 Edition of “The Lefties,” from you lefty blogger and All Left Turns….“Takin’ Care Of Business,” B.T.O. - Tony StewartPerfect fit for the driver sponsored by Office Depot. Smoke and the gang were gamers and made it happen when it counted. This is especially true of the departed crew chief Darian Grubb- who was a pro’s pro in spite on knowing he was go ...

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NASCAR NEEDS A SCANDAL TO GET BACK IN THE HEADLINES

NASCAR provides fantastic racing every weekend with the world's best drivers trading paint at 200 mph, but that's no longer enough to draw the attention of the general public. To launch NASCAR back into the public discourse, officials will have to think unconventionally. NASCAR needs a good old fashioned scandal. Not the 'Kyle Busch and Joey Logano Get RAW' variety, but the NASCAR Party Baby kind of scandal.Don't take the high road, NASCAR. The Allisons and Cale Yarborough went toe-to-toe at Day ...

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IS JIMMIE JOHNSON A BAD TEAMMATE?

Well, look what we have here! Mr. Clean, Jimmie Johnson, finds himself embroiled in a little controversy. Seems his team’s decision to pit and leave dancing partner Dale Earnhardt Jr. out on the track has caused him enough grief on the “Twittersphere” to elicit a response from Ol’ “Five Time”….“I didn't leave Jr hanging, you people are crazy. When my crew tells me to pit, I pit. Steve and Chad sort out the detailsAnd if you think either of us coul ...

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DENNY HAMLIN FINALLY FINDS VICTORY LANE IN 2011

Coming into the 2011 season, many figured Denny Hamlin would be the man to beat right out of the gate. Leading the standings into the final race of the year in 2010, Hamlin came up short in the championship hunt last season, but gave Jimmie Johnson his biggest threat to date. However, 2011 has not gone according to plan for Hamlin and the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing team. Fifteen races into the season last year Hamlin had four victories. On Sunday, he repeated as the winner at Michigan International ...

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DALE EARNHARDT JR. WANTS TO SEE CHANGE IN ALL-STAR RACE

CONCORD, N.C._ Not guaranteed a spot in Saturday night’s Sprint All-Star Race, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will have to race his way into the main show through the Sprint Showdown or by winning the Fan Vote. Friday morning, Earnhardt Jr. indicated he would like to see a format change for the annual event, but not to for the reasons you may think. Growing up around the sport, Earnhardt Jr. rekindled memories of his past, saying as a fan he prefers short segments that led to the big moments that came ...

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JOHNSON-EARNHARDT TANDEM PUSHES TO WIN

Never wavering from their partnership throughout the day, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. drove to the bottom lane in the tri-oval to beat the two-car tandems of Jeff Gordon-Mark Martin and Clint Bowyer-Kevin Harvick Sunday in Talladega. The winning margin of 0.002 seconds ties the Ricky Craven-Kurt Busch finish at Darlington in 2003 for the closest finish in NASCAR history since the implementation of electronic scoring.Hanging in the back of the pack for much of the afternoon after starti ...

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NASCAR NEEDS A MAN OF THE PEOPLE

If you’re much over the age of 25, you’ll recall baseball’s lost season of 1994, when player and owners reached an impasse. Some called the battle of “the millionaires versus the billionaires,” but fans felt they came out the real losers. When play resumed in 1995, the fans let the sport hear about it with attendance off by some 20 percent, and those showing up being none to quiet about their disdain for what baseball had become. Not missing a game in near ...

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WHY MARTIN, MONTOYA, MCMURRAY, NEWMAN MISSED THE CHASE

The Sprint Cup playoff field is set, and some very talented drivers missed the cut. Mark Martin, Juan Pablo Montoya and Jamie McMurray are not among the 12 drivers in The Chase. So how did they get left out while Jeff Burton, Matt Kenseth and Clint Bowyer made it in? Inconsistency, poor performances dogged drivers who missed Chase (SI.com) ...

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CHASE CLINCH SCENARIOS – ATLANTA

HAMPTON, Ga._ With only two races left before the 12-driver field is set for the 2010 Chase for the Sprint Cup, only two drivers enter this weekend’s race locked in the Chase. Points leader Kevin Harvick and second-place Jeff Gordon have already secured a spot in NASCAR’s version of the post-season, but this weekend the remaining 10 drivers in the top-12 have a chance to leave Atlanta with a place in the Chase. While each of the 10 have a mathematical shot to head to Richmond locked ...

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MARTIN INSISTS HE WILL DRIVE NO. 5 IN 2011

NASCAR’s silly season is always full of twists and turns, but this year is more complicated than most. Earlier in the year, it was announced Kasey Kahne would leave Richard Petty Motorsports at the end of 2010 and would be driving the No. 5 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports in 2012. The current driver of the No. 5, Mark Martin is slated to drive the car for the 2011 season, while Kahne will have to find a ride for one year before climbing behind the wheel of the No. 5. Once the announceme ...

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