TOP STORY NO. 10: RETURN OF MARK MARTIN

Everybody loves a good comeback. And boy-oh-boy did Mark Martin get all Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe from “Friends") on 2009, enough to merit the No. 10 top story of  the year. What happend?Martin, who is 50 for those wondering, kicked ass. After racing a part-time schedule in 2007 and 2008, Martin signed with Hendrick Motorsports to drive the red-headed stepchild car. Martin turned that stepchild into a Brock Lesnar man-beast. He won five times and had 21 single-digit finishes. Martin ...

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TOP STORY NO. 11: KYLE BUSCH SUCKS, ROCKS

 There are many words that can be used to describe Kyle Busch. Most can’t be published on this site, and we publish all sorts of crazy @#%. But regardless of what you think of Kurt’s little brother, one thing is clear. He generates interest. Enough to be our No. 11 top story of 2009.  What happened?What didn’t happen? In the Nationwide Series, he won the points title, winning nine races during the season. One of those wins was in Nashville, where he took a Les Paul ...

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FIVE BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENTS OF 2009

No wins or movies for these two in 2009 Before the start of every season, writers and broadcasters predict who will soar and who will flop. Those of us brave enough to make such statements look like geniuses with some calls and first-time race watchers with others. Looking back at the start of 2009, I saw stronger campaigns ahead for this group. 1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Prior to Earnhardt’s 2009 season of unrelenting misery and inexplicable failure, he was the strongest Hendrick Mot ...

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HOW THE 2009 SEASON WOULD HAVE ENDED USING DIFFERENT POINT SYSTEMS

We all know that Jimmie Johnson won the 2009 championship under the current Chase format. Critics – like me – have made the case that every year the Chase is increasingly devoid of drama. So let’s take a look at some other point systems and see how else the 2009 season could have ended. The Jimmie Johnson Era is not inevitable. One of the scnarios produced a different champion, and some of the races were considerably closer than what we had.1) If we used the Formula 1 system al ...

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REAL DIARY OF A NASCAR DRIVER

 These diary entries are ripped straight from the pages of NASCAR superstar Jeff Gordon's personal diary. They are reprinted here with his permission. (No, they're not.)First diary entryDiary entry No. 2 Diary entry No. 3Diary entry No. 4Diary entry No. 5Final diary entryRelated links:Is NASCAR for you? A flowchartUltimate NASCAR nickname flowchartBad NASCAR tattoos ...

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DRIVERS WITH MOMENTUM ENTERING 2010

The last two weeks have been pretty much all Jimmie Johnson, all the time – and rightfully so. No one has ever won four titles in a row before. But the close of the 2009 season featured strong finishes by a handful of drivers who put the rest of the field on notice that they plan to run up front in 2010. First off, let's see which drivers were able to score more points in each third of the season. They are highlighted in blue here. Johnson and Mark Martin both kept getting better as ...

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM ALL LEFT TURNS!

 Let this photo serve as a warm reminder that whole turkey legs can be enjoyed year-round, in any setting, without shame. I wish you all a happy Thanksgiving. ...

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PLENTY OF REASON TO LOVE OR HATE JEFF DUNHAM – I’LL LET YOU DECIDDE

 And now, the links...Notre Dame QB punched outside bar (Deadspin)Jeff Gordon one-ups Oprah (NBC Chicago)20 worst things about attending a professional sporting event (Gunaxin)Cool over-the-back TD pass (Break)Food fights back! Paula Deen hit in face with ham (Break)12 movies to be thankful for (Screen Junkies)WEC ring girl Brittney Palmer strips down for the troops (Cage Potato)5 things your family will want to talk about during Thanksgiving (Holy Taco)6 best man-cations (Made Man) ...

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WRECK OF THE WEEK: NASCAR WITH FRIENDS

The Wreck of the Week usually goes to things like dudes smashing tables over each other's heads, or women tossing their cookies out of car windows, or the violent defense of Jesus. This being the last week of the season, I am going with something different. Call it the softer side of All Left Turns. This video (below) was shot and edited by YouTuber AZWheeler. It's probably the best advertisement I've seen for attending a race ... ever. NASCAR with friends - Watch more Funny VideosRelated lin ...

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5 BEST CUP TITLES

NASCAR’s Cup point system has always been criticized by fans and competitors. Someone always feels there is a better way to calculate the championship. (This site’s own Dale Watermill, for example.) The truth is, there are an infinite number of systems that could be applied and someone will not like whatever version is chosen. But in all the variations that have been implemented, flawed as they were, several very compelling stories emerged through the years to capture fans’ att ...

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