GORDON ENDS DROUGHT AFTER MOVING BUSCH

It had been 66 races since four-time Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon stood in Victory Lane. Yet, that all changed on Sunday after Gordon used his bumper to move past Kyle Busch with less than ten laps to go at the Phoenix International Raceway. Looking just as happy as rookie Trevor Bayne did last weekend in Daytona, Gordon relished the victory after nearly two years without a win. Sunday’s victory was the 83rd of Gordon’s career, tying him with Cale Yarborough for fifth on the all-t ...

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NASCAR’S CHANGES BREAK WHAT NEEDS BREAKING

One man’s resolve is another man’s stubbornness. One company’s “Mustang” could become another company’s “Edsel.” There's no guaranteeing an idea will work, but if there’s at least some rationale behind a change, why NOT try it? Like the businessman says in 12 Angry Men, “Let’s run it up the flagpole, and see who salutes it.”  Concerning NASCAR's points system, there’s no sense in getting a ...

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HARVICK WINS, LOCKS CHASE BERTH

Coming into the day the leader in the standings, Kevin Harvick had the opportunity to become the first driver locked into the 2010 Chase for the Sprint Cup. Starting from the eighth spot, it did not take the No. 29 Shell/Pennzoil Chevrolet long to find the front of the field. Racing the majority of the day in the top-four, Harvick stayed out late and was able to move around Denny Hamlin to score his third win of the season and lock himself into the Chase. When the caution flew for debris on Lap ...

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WHO ARE 2010′S MOST UNDERRATED DRIVERS?

David Reutimann's win last weekend in Chicago shed the light on one of NASCAR's underdogs, but this season has seen a number of top-level drivers take a back seat to those racing at the front. SI.com's Cory McCartney takes a look at some of the bigger names in the sport that find themselves underdogs in 2010. Plus, some discussion about the No. 3 and this weekend's pick to win the Nationwide Series race at Gateway. Who are NASCAR's most underrated drivers in 2010? (SI.com) ...

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TOP TAX DEDUCTIONS FOR NASCAR DRIVERS

NASCAR drivers are notorious for their unusual tax deductions.  While people often ask how much NASCAR drivers make, the real question is what do they get away with on their taxes.  With help from the IRS public records, here are the most unusual deductions on NASCAR driver returns this year.  1. Elliot Sadler – Deducted Miles Commuted to Work (25,000+ miles)Sadler deducted all the miles logged behind the wheel of the #19 Ford Fusion as “miles he commuted to work.&rdqu ...

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SAMSUNG 500 ODDS

 “Everyone has a plan 'till they get punched in the mouth.”Mike Tyson’s quote rings through my skull like a shot to the eye socket.  Ryan Newman (I can’t believe he won either) has me down a fake $250 in my quest to bet every single 2010 Sprint Cup race.In a bid to avoid getting financially knocked out, I find solace that my Kasey Kahne prop bet worked out. I also find joy knowing that I will never bet real money on NASCAR when/if my pregnant wife allows me near ...

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HARVICK, EDWARDS FEUDING

BRISTOL, Tenn. _ For years, Kevin Harvick was known for his hot temper, aggressive driving and unfiltered mouth. That attitude has been somewhat muted over the last few seasons, but this week the "Happy" Harvick of old showed up in style. Earlier this week, Harvick appeared on the “Bubba The Love Sponge” radio show and was asked about his thoughts on the Carl Edwards-Brad Keselowski incident that took place two weeks ago in Atlanta. Off came the filter and the Harvick of ol ...

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AN INSPIRING MOMENT WITH OUR VETERANS

Chris Dempsey and Matt Kenseth (Photo courtesy of Crown Royal)DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. _ In the few years I have been covering the sport of NASCAR, I have had a number of humbling moments that stick out in my memory. Interviewing some of my childhood heroes, attending events I never could have imagined possible and talking with fans from all over the country have left a lasting impression on me. Last week at the rain-soaked Daytona International Speedway, another of those humbling experiences took pl ...

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AUTO CLUB 500 ODDS

Wow, did I screw up at Daytona.If anyone doubted this pick column concept was for the sake of fun and merriment, just look at my Daytona debacle from last week.In hindsight, I should have stayed away from any driver associated with Whopper Man,  jumped off Harvick’s lower odds and put my money on Clint Bowyer (same driver/better money maker if he won) and Jamie McMurrary, whom I will now dub Captain Restrictor Plate.What could have been was a $300 payout and $250 in profit. What did h ...

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DEWALT LEAVES KENSETH

DeWalt Power Tools will not sponsor driver Matt Kenseth in 2010. DeWalt has been Kenseth's sponsor since he won Rookie of the Year in 2000. Kenseth won the Sprint Cup title in 2003. Roush Fenway said the news did not come as a surprise because of the worldwide decline in the construction industry. Said Roush Fenway president Geoff Smith, "Fortunately, we have several great companies interested in taking over and we expect to begin finalizing those sponsorship arrangements in the very new fu ...

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