TITLE RACE WOULD BE CLOSE UNDER A DIFFERENT POINT SYSTEM

After Jimmie Johnson's lucky sixth-place finish at Talladega, his lead is basically insurmountable. It does not have to be this way. As I pointed out last week, if NASCAR used a different scoring system, we could be winding up one of the most exciting seasons in Sprint Cup history. What if, instead of Jimmie Johnson looking like a lock for his fourth straight title, the story line was: With three races to go, Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin all have a shot at keeping John ...

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NASCAR GIVES CREDIBILITY TO THOSE WHO CLAIM IT IS NOT A REAL SPORT

Sunday’s AMP Energy 500 at Talladega raised several serious issues about a sport in transition, a transition that is upsetting many drivers, teams and fans. NASCAR IS DEVOID OF LEADERSHIPNASCAR claims to be one of the major sports in America. What sport changes its rules hours before an event? Could you imagine Roger Goodell walking into the Pittsburgh Steelers’ locker room three hours before a divisional playoff game and letting them know they only need one foot in bounds for a c ...

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FAN WATCHES SQUIRREL EAT CORN OVER NASCAR RACE AT TALLADEGA

Well, this pretty much sums it up. Given the choice between watching the AMP Energy 500 at Talladega, and watching this squirrel eat corn on the front porch, this viewer goes squirrel. Forget football. We're beyond football. NASCAR is losing viewers to small woodland creatures that eat tiny bits of food in an adorable manner.   ...

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50 THINGS MORE EXCITING THAN SUNDAY’S RACE AT TALLADEGA

1. The text of the House health care bill2. Women's golf3. Listening to a 4-year-old talk4. Listening to Tom Cruise talk5. All-staff meetings at work6. My married friends' Facebook updates7. Larry King8. A TV interview with Derek Jeter9. The new Jay Leno show10. The Economist magazine11. The Cleveland Browns' offense 12. Flight attendant safety-procedure announcements13. Mark Martin's haircut14. Department store music15. Candle enthusiasts16. People who love farmers' markets (Los Angeles only ...

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NASCAR STOLE THE SHOW

Sunday’s AMP Energy 500 was billed as one of the most exciting and heart-pounding races of the season. The promos of the spectacular last-lap crash from April’s race prepped those watching at home for a race full of intense action. However, Sunday’s race was one of the strangest events in recent memory at the 2.66-mile superspeedway. Prior to the event, NASCAR announced it would implement a smaller restrictor plate to slow down the cars in an effort to ensure safer raci ...

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