NASCAR’s Not Getting The Point(s)

Once upon a time, there was a dramatic race to the finish. Six drivers raced each other hard for the NASCAR Cup championship- including two sons of racing legends, a popular redhead who wheeled a mean machine, a smooth southerner whose persistence paid off, a steady veteran and a slightly odd, but brilliant underdog. In the season finale, that underdog had his day, the cerebral independent providing the Hollywood ending. The season was 1992. The competitors were (in order of mention above) D ...

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BRAD KESELOWSKI OVERCOMES PAINS AND ODDS TO WIN AT POCONO RACEWAY

LONG POND, Pa._ Odds are you didn’t have Brad Keselowski as your pick to win Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway. On Wednesday of last week, the Penske Racing driver was badly injured in a testing wreck at Road Atlanta and was forced to race with an avulsion fracture to his ankle and a severely bruised body. Refusing to get out of the car, Keselowski not only completed all 500 miles on Sunday, he celebrated in Victory Lane at the end of the day. “Ev ...

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JEFF GORDON SCORES HISTORIC POCONO WIN

Sunday afternoon at Pocono Raceway, Jeff Gordon joined some very elite company in the NASCAR history books. By scoring the win in the 5-Hour Energy 500, Gordon moved into a three-way tie with Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip on NASCAR’s all-time win list with 84 victories. The only two drivers with more victories than the driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet are Richard Petty and David Pearson. “I really can't even express in words what it means to tie Darrell Waltrip and Bobby Allison at ...

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EXAMINING THE 2011 SEASON

Coming out of the second off-weekend of 2011 it is a perfect time to examine the start of the season. Since the cars hit the track 11 weeks ago in the Budweiser Shootout to kick off the year, there have been a few developments over the three short months that may set the stage for the long summer stretch towards the Chase.Some of the usual contenders have once again found their place in the top 10 in points, while others are struggling to make their way into the top 20. New faces have emerged fr ...

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EDWARDS THE MAN TO BEAT AFTER SECOND PLACE RUN

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. _ Trevor Bayne may have celebrated the prestige and the glory Sunday evening in Daytona, but it was Carl Edwards who emerged at the top of the Sprint Cup Series standings. Since Bayne declared he would run for the Nationwide Series driver championship, he earned no points for his dramatic win. Therefore, as the season makes the trek to the Phoenix International Raceway next week, it is Edwards and his Roush Fenway Racing crew that head out there the team to beat. Laying low f ...

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JOHNSON WINS HISTORIC FIFTH STRAIGHT TITLE

In one of the most dramatic races in recent memory, the 2010 Chase for the Sprint Cup literally came down to the wire. Entering the day, Denny Hamlin led Jimmie Johnson by 15 points, with Kevin Harvick only 46 points behind. With all three drivers looking to make their own history, the 267-lap race at the Homestead-Miami Speedway was going to determine the champion. Throughout the course of the day, each of the three title contenders suffered setbacks and each overcame those troubles. Yet when C ...

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FUEL MILEAGE RACE BRINGS CHASE CLOSER THAN EVER

Entering the day with a 33-point lead in the standings, Denny Hamlin dominated Sunday’s race at the Phoenix International Raceway. However, when his No. 11 FedEx Toyota ran short on gas he not only lost the race, but lost his comfortable cushion in the Chase headed into the season finale next weekend in Homestead. While Carl Edwards was celebrating his first Sprint Cup Series win since 2008, Hamlin was busy punching his dashboard and throwing a water bottle in frustration, Jimmie Johnson w ...

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HAMLIN WINS CRAZY DAY IN TEXAS

Entering the day with the top three in the Chase standings separated by only 38 points, Sunday’s 500-mile race at the Texas Motor Speedway was crazier than anyone could imagine. Throughout the entire Chase, Denny Hamlin’s game plan was to be patient and conservative until making it through Talladega, then let loose. One race after closing the championship gap with Jimmie Johnson, Hamlin stayed true to his word, scoring the win in Texas and taking the points lead with only two race ...

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WHO SAID IT WAS OVER?

MARTINSVILLE, Va._ After scoring his seventh victory of the season and first of the Chase, Denny Hamlin walked into the Martinsville Speedway media center pointing at reporters, asking, “Who said it was over? Told you it wasn’t over.”Coming into the weekend 41 points behind Jimmie Johnson in the Chase, Hamlin knew this weekend’s race in Martinsville was his best chance to close the gap before heading to the ‘wild card’ race at Talladega Superspeedway. Sitting ...

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MCMURRAY WINS, TITLE CONTENDERS NARROW

CONCORD, N.C._ Think it bothers Jamie McMurray that he did not make this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup? Not when you consider he won the season-opening Daytona 500, the mid-season Brickyard 400 and had seven top-3 finishes. Winning two of the pinnacle races on the NASCAR schedule, McMurray has stepped up when it mattered most and Saturday night's Bank of America 500 was no different.While Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson battled for the top-spot late in the race, McMurray methodically close ...

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