NASCAR BOOTLEGGING ROOTS

 Junior Johnson is one cool dude.Amanda Speed talks about her 'gay best friend' (and now husband) Scott (Speedway Media) ...

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STORIES REMOVED FROM CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE NASCAR SOUL

Released on Tuesday this week, "Chicken Soup for the Soul: NASCAR" contains a series of inspirational stories and motivational essays from drivers, crew chiefs and owners. The book is sure to become an instant classic, right up there with "Inside Herman's World: The Kenny Wallace Story" and "Jeff Gordon: Racing Back to the Front and then Racing Back to the Back."Amongst the inspiring words and touching stories of hope and commitment, several stories were l ...

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WHO WILL BE NASCAR STARS IN 2020?

Jeff Gordon was a 21-year-old Winston Cup rookie in 1993. A lot of doubts were tossed in Rick Hendrick’s direction when he announced his choice of who to start his third team around. Now Gordon’s name is synonymous with the sport.Since then, owners have been looking for the “next Jeff Gordon.” Gordon started gaining national recognition in 1988 on ESPN’s Thursday Night Thunder telecasts of USAC racing. He was a Busch Series rookie by 1991 and caught Hendrick’s ...

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AUTO CLUB 500 ODDS

Wow, did I screw up at Daytona.If anyone doubted this pick column concept was for the sake of fun and merriment, just look at my Daytona debacle from last week.In hindsight, I should have stayed away from any driver associated with Whopper Man,  jumped off Harvick’s lower odds and put my money on Clint Bowyer (same driver/better money maker if he won) and Jamie McMurrary, whom I will now dub Captain Restrictor Plate.What could have been was a $300 payout and $250 in profit. What did h ...

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DAYTONA 500 EARLY ODDS

Starting order. We don’t need a stinking starting order. Odds are out for the Daytona 500. Even though we have no clue who is starting in spots 3-43, there are some trends developing for the race and the 2010 season.Oh, wait. This information is for the sake of entertainment. So don’t use my advice; go purse shopping the day of the race and buy your mommy a nice Valentine’s Day card. That’s bleeping teamwork My favorite Tenacious D song applies to Sunday’s race. ...

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NASCAR SPONSOR KIM KARDASHIAN

Kim Kardashian and beauty supplier Sephora are sponsoring the No. 36 Tommy Baldwin Racing car driven by Mike Bliss during the Feb. 26-28 race weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. That officially makes Kim Kardashian the sexiest sponsor of the 2010 NASCAR season (possibly ever?), and thus worthy of her own All Left Turns gallery. Related links:Krista Voda galleryHeather DeBeaux picsDanica Patrick mega-galleryJolene Van Vugt photosCourtney Sauter: From 'Outback Jack' to NASCAR wifeTop 1 ...

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15 ESSENTIAL NASCAR TWITTER FEEDS

I have discovered that the best way to watch races is with the television on, the sound down, MRN on the radio and my laptop open. The laptop is essential, because it allows me to connect with sources at the track who can tell me what is really going on during the race. Sadly, television coverage often misses big stories. I rely heavily on TweetDeck. TweetDeck is a browser that lets me follow multiple Twitter feeds at once. Whom do I follow? I follow almost everyone who follows my Twitter feed - ...

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HITLER REACTS TO NASCAR RULE CHANGES

This starts slow, but picks up around the 1:00 minute mark. Who knew Hitler was such a big Regan Smith guy? (Winston Churchill, that's who.)The Saints' No. 1 fan: The Who Dat Dog (YouTube)11 memorable attempts at Super Bowl counterprogramming (Esquire)Tail of the Tiger Golf Balls (Mistress Edition)The NSFW making of the Pirelli Tire calendar (Jalopnik)MMA FightPicker officially live (Cage Potato)Super Bowl snacks to keep you slim (Made Man)Making a bad problem worse (Break)How to report the news ...

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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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