Coming This Sunday, Martinsville Madness!

  If not for NASCAR, most of us couldn't find Martinsville, Virginia on a map. This quiet little town (population 13,821- 2010 census) once famous for making plug chewing tobacco cranks up the volume for full contact racing this Sunday. If they were racing at night, "Heartache Tonight" by the Eagles would be a perfect theme song. "Somebody's gonna hurt someone, before the night is through. Somebody's gonna come undone, there's nothing we can do." This is where it all started for N ...

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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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