AUTO CLUB 400 AFTERMATH: WIN LOSE OR DRAW

What good timing for a week off. After NASCAR’s biggest spectacle since Juna Montoya’s  dust up with a jet dryer,  we head into a holiday weekend with anything but good cheer.  Now that things have settled, let’s do an unconventional breakdown of winners and losers from Auto Club Speedway,  Bert Convy style.  WIN: DENNY HAMLINHow does Hamlin break his back and win? Consider the following:Hamlin has a green light to race for wins when returning ...

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‘HAVE AT IT’ BUSTS ‘PLASTIC DRIVER’ MYTH

Atlanta, March, 2010 - A brewing feud between Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski boils over when contact from the Ford of Edwards sends the Dodge of Keselowski airborne at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Long Pond, June, 2010 - In the season’s first race at Pocono, Joey Logano wrecks after contact with Kevin Harvick. The 20-year-old Logano warns he’s going to “(freakin’) kill” Harvick for the incident, and the young driver’s father enters the fray. Ironically, this ...

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JEFF BURTON IS NASCAR’S SECRET BAD BOY

 Jeff Burton has spent years building a reputation as a class act, he's widely respected by his peers and is famous for his kind demeanor (and guest star appearances on soap operas).  After mixing it up with Jeff Gordon at Texas, Kevin Harvick at Martinsville and Kyle Busch at Charlotte, NASCAR's best kept secret is out -- Jeff Burton is NASCAR's Bad Boy. The ultimate bad boy move isn't to smash guitars and fly the bird at NASCAR officials. A real badass would make everyone think ...

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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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FAILED ALL-STAR CAMPAIGNS

While some drivers automatically qualify for the All-Star Race (past champions and race winners from 2009-10), a few notable drivers are on the outside looking in. The winner of the popular vote gets a ticket to the dance, while the losers will console themselves in the knowledge that most all-star games suck.Several of the biggest names in racing (Carl Edwards, Juan Pablo Montoya, Clint Bowyer and Greg Biffle) have struggled in the early voting. As of April 9th, the top 10 drivers in the Sprint ...

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ARE YOU IN A NASCAR FEUD?

Martinsville showed what happens when folks stop being polite and start getting real.  The gloves came off and surprising feuds simmer to a boil.  Matt Kenseth found himself smack dab in the middle of a Jeff Gordon feud.  A simple bump can become a NASCAR fight. Some feuds are obvious (Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski have been at it for weeks), but many others are just below the surface.  Here is a handy chart to see if you're in the middle of bitter racing rivalry. ...

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WRECK OF THE WEEK: NASCAR FIGHTS

The Kurt Busch-Jimmie Johnson feud has the potential to erupt into something fun. Busch does not like Johnson. And Johnson does not like driving as if there is another race next week. Their ongoing tiff got me thinking about the best fights in NASCAR history, some of which are documented in this week's Wreck of the Week video. Related links:Jeff Gordon sings Take Me Out To The Ball GameDon't mock JesusPassed-out Tony Stewart fanMobile home fireToo much flippy cupDrunk fanPassed-out womanDanc ...

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