LOVING REMINDER: WE ARE ON ON FACEBOOK

All Left Turns would like to remind you, ever so politely, that we have launched our Facebook page. You can become a fan by clicking here. A number of people joined the day the page launched and I encourage all of you to do so, if you have not already. It is a great place for discussion, for meeting race fans in faraway cities and for checking out this photo I took of some random, awesome guy on the track at Auto Club Speedway. Get your Like Button on and become a fan. ...

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WILL HAMLIN’S INJURY AFFECT HIS 2010 SEASON?

The big story right now is Denny Hamlin's injury. We are seeing a lot of discussion out there wondering whether his 2010 start will be just as good as his 2009 ending. Some of the PR from the Joe Gibbs camp is that this will be no problem.Let's compare some recent examples of NASCAR injuries. In 2009, Carl Edwards broke his right foot in September.  In the following twelve races after the injury (the last twelve of 2009), he had three Top Tens, and a total of ZERO Top Fives. His average ...

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NASCAR HAITI RELIEF

Usually I post a funny video or photo in this space, but this week I wanted to spotlight all of the good work the NASCAR community is doing for Haiti. For all of the sport's problems, it does seem to always come together for a good cause. Video from SPEED.Bourbon Street was the happiest place in the world on Sunday night (Times-Picayune video)Vikings fan loses his mind after Favre interception (YouTube)Georgia hoops fan covers himself in peanut butter (Deadspin)Introducing the MMA Cage Potato Fi ...

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20 COOLEST NASCAR PAINT SCHEMES

Since I've already run down some of the worst paint schemes in NASCAR history, I'd like to share with you what I think are some of the best.  If you don't agree with my choices, feel free to post a comment below.  Better yet, post a picture of what you think is the best in our reader forums. Bobby Allison's Miller High Life BuickI love this car I was always a fan of Bobby Allison, and because the late 80s Buick Regals just looked cool in their NASCAR clothes.Smoke's Swagger machineT ...

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TRICK NASCAR POOL SHOT

 But how do you really feel about making that shot?Jimmie Johnson on Jimmy Fallon's show - check out segments four, five and six (Hulu)Best of Jim Mora press conferences (Midwest Sports Fans)Inside the mind of motocross's anti-hero (Made Man)The NFL's hottest cheerleaders (Chickipedia)Drunk pilot steals plane (Break)'Castle' actress Alyssa Milano (Screen Junkies)24 reasons to be glad '24' is back (Gunaxin)25 funny billboards (Holy Taco)Giana Carano promoted to world's 68th hottest woman (Ca ...

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CRIS COLLINSWORTH NASCAR FAIL

 Once a Cincinnati Bungle, always a Cincinnati Bungle.Goodbye Ickey Shuffle, hello LT Dance (YouTube)Italian soccer announcer loses his mind when team scores - gasp! - two goals in a row (Dirty Tackle)Packers fan cries on subway (Deadspin)1920s reporter crashes a bunch of press conferences (YouTube)Hockey hair: A tribute (Gunaxin)Talking electronics with Torii Hunter (Blue Workhorse)Leather briefcase giveaway (Made Man)As featured on CNN: Dog senses Northern California earthquake (Break)Dea ...

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JAY LENO AND NASCAR: IN PERSPECTIVE

 NBC is a mess. NASCAR might be a mess. So as I read about Jay Leno’s future and how it impacts all of late night television, it got me thinking the two worlds are pretty comparable, so long as you put things in perspective. Jay Leno is Rick HendrickBoth get whatever they want. Jay Leno wants $25 million a year and his old time slot back. So what if it was promised to another guy five years ago? Done.Rick Hendrick wants a juggernaut of winning drivers and big names like Dale Jr. ...

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NASCAR CABIN FEVER REMEDIES

The Daytona 500 goes green on Valentine’s Day. The stock car portion of Speedweeks begins the previous weekend and for NASCAR junkies that seems like a millennium away. However, there is some quality racing action in between now and then. Racing fans fortunate to find themselves in certain areas of the country will be assembling in droves for some hot winter racing. Coincidentally, races two through five on this list all take place over the last January weekend. 1. The Chili Bowl. The T ...

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THE NEXT DECADE OF NASCAR

Over the last few weeks many writers have reflected on what they considered to be the most memorable moments of the past decade. Some of those moments included the loss of Dale Earnhardt Sr., the safety improvements that followed his untimely death, the formation of the Chase and a landmark television package. While others have decided to take a look back, I am looking forward to the decade ahead. There are a number of events that will change the history of this sport for years to come. Much ...

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NASCAR AND AVATAR: IN PERSPECTIVE

There’s no racing on TV. As a result, I’m stuck spending time with my wife. That recently included a trip to see the movie "Avatar." Much like Talladega, it was a visual show with a crappy story. Turns out "Avatar" is a lot like NASCAR when you put things in perspective. Here’s how:  Sigourney Weaver is Dale Earnhardt Jr.Both are big names. Both haven’t done much in awhile. Both have new endeavors that might lead to a comeback. Weaver’s ...

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