I’D SAY THAT ABOUT SUMS UP THE 2009 CHASE

No, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 'Championship Contenders' Press Conference will not have very many contenders. One of them, Jimmie Johnson, has a 97 percent probability of winning the title. I redacted the address in order to prevent public bedlam and anarchy. ...

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HENDRICK SAYS NO DEAL WITH DANICA

Danica Patrick is coming to NASCAR, right? Done deal. Sure thing. No brainer ... right? Not so fast, says team owner Rick Hendrick. On Sunday Hendrick said he has no deal in place to bring the IndyCar star Patrick to NASCAR, and added that there is no certainty she'll be driving stock cars next season. A deal between Hendrick and Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s JR Motorsports and Patrick to run a limited Nationwide schedule has long been rumored. From Hendrick's comments, it sounds like Patrick's reps from ...

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CHECKER O’REILLY AUTO PARTS 500 ODDS

Entertainment purposes only. There, I typed it.Phoenix odds are out, and to the surprise of no one, Jimmie Johnson is favored to win this weekend. Since you knew that already, here are some other items to pique your interest.  Busch brothers activate    Kyle and Kurt Busch might not be the best of running buddies on the track, but each is 12/1 Sunday. Kurt Busch has run well on various types of tracks all year. Kyle Busch is the only non-Chase driver to have any chance of ...

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NASCAR BEER CAP SHRINE

Great story from The Windsor Star newspaper today about one Canadian's impressive NASCAR beer cap shrine. Sam Thornton's garage is festooned - yes, I just said festooned - with more than 46,000 beer bottle caps. (Budweiser and Coors only. And no, he did not drink all of those beers himself.) The beer caps complement the retired Chrysler worker's collection of NASCAR memorabilia. The garage is also where he and his friends and family watch races.  Said Thornton, "There's lots of laughs ...

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WHY THE SPRINT CUP NEEDS A DIRT RACE

The World of Outlaws World Finals was held Saturday on The Dirt Track at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. The four-tenths mile oval hosted the championship round for the touring late models and sprint cars. I had foot surgery right before the weekend and could not attend the race, even though it was a half-hour drive from my front door. But being laid up on the couch can make one a close friend with SPEED TV. And to my good fortune live dirt-track coverage was provided. While taking in all the Texas ...

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