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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MATT AND KATIE KENSETH HAVE BABY GIRL

Katie Kenseth has given birth to a baby girl - Kaylin Nicola Kenseth. The news was broken by Ross Kenseth, driver Matt Kenseth's son, via Twitter. Said Ross, "Everyone is really excited!" The Kenseths did not know the baby's sex until her birth on Monday. The child is the first for the couple and the second for Matt. Ross, 16, is Matt's son from a previous relationship. Matt and Katie married in 2000.Kenseth won the Daytona 500 in February and owns a Sprint Cup title. He is 10th in ...

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The 2009 Season Opens Not With a Bang …

Sunday's Daytona 500 had its moments and provided at least a few set-pieces for further discussion -- Hello, Junior. This is Brian. Brian Vickers? Remember: payback's a bitch. Unfortunately, the race wasn't quite the rousing start fans had hoped. Or NASCAR needed.Since 2005, NASCAR's TV ratings have fallen by 21 percent. And, as anyone not dead yet knows, NASCAR is in a world of hurt. And while the seemingly-full stands Sunday were a welcome departure from the acres of empty seats we ...

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And Brian France Sobbed

The 2009 Daytona 500 was suspended after 152 of the scheduled 200 laps. Matt Kenseth, who led one green-flag lap, won his first Daytona 500 and his first race since winning at the final race of the 2007 season at Homestead.  The complete top 10: 1) Matt Kenseth2) Kevin Harvick3) AJ Allmendinger4) Clint Bowyer5) Elliott Sadler6) David Ragan7) Michael Waltrip8) Tony Stewart9) Reed Sorenson10) Kurt BuschMatt Kenseth is Praying For a DownpourWith 49 laps to go and the race under ca ...

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