Winning Is The Best Deodorant

Getting eliminated from the Chase in spite of a sold season stinks. The 88 team- fronted by Dale Earnhardt Jr.- washed away all that disappointment with the sweet scent of victory at Martinsville. As far as NASCAR's favorite son is concerned, you can have your points, it's the winning that matters. "Winning races is the priority.  I don't know that I'd be that damn happy about winning a championship had we not won any races this year.  So definitely winning these races is a whole lot of fun ...

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A Redemption Story In An Unlikely Place

NASCAR fan, could you have imagined we would be where we are today? Just two short seasons ago, it looked like the party was over. Released from Penske Racing- the team that had given Kurt Busch his second chance just five years earlier- the 2004 NASCAR Cup champion appeared destined for a career with start-and-parks or underfunded teams. Today, Gene Haas is looking crazy like fox, as Busch earns a win for the '41' in just their sixth start as a team, at Martinsville of all places in the ...

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STP 500 Odds

[caption id="attachment_684258" align="aligncenter" width="520"] Jared C. Tilton (Getty Images)[/caption] Jimmie Johnson made history….again. For the first time ever, oddsmakers have put a driver as a 2/1 favorite for a race. Johnson's record at Martinsville is unbelievable, and it's why there may be better options for those interested in Sunday's STP 500. (more...) ...

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Advantage: Jimmie Johnson

In a perfect world, every chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship would go down like it did in 2011. Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards were tied, with the advantage going to Smoke, because he had more wins. Who could argue that? Alas, it's not a perfect world, and the five-time champion Jimmie Johnson- whom some would liken to Darth Vader- has thundered past Matt Kenseth took the points lead, albeit by a razor thin margin of four, and appears also to have an advantage down the home stretch. ...

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MARTINSVILLE MADNESS COMING RIGHT UP

How can you top this? At one of NASCAR’s tamest tracks, we had fights for the lead, trading paint on the last lap, and plenty of fireworks after the race was over. If this was the case at Auto Club Speedway, long derided as the ugly stepchild of NASCAR Sprint Cup racing, what will it be like the .526 mile paper clip we know as Martinsville. Don’t be too sure this will play out the way we expect. As obvious as it seems that Joey Logano will be running for his life, let us review ...

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