JEFF GORDON WILL WIN IN CHICAGO

Jeff Gordon will win in Chicago this weekend. So says SI.com's Tom Bowles, who writes, "Averaging a 5.8 average finish in his last four starts in Chicagoland, this team is already knocking on the door with four straight top-5 finishes. With J.J. still winless at this place -- one of the more difficult venues for the No. 48 -- it's time for their shopmates to steal a little bit of the spotlight across the way." Yes, but we all know how Jimmie Johnson races right after he has had a baby. ...

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LENNOX INDUSTRIAL TOOLS 301 ODDS

I am on vacation this week. There’s no TV. No Internet. I will drive 30 minutes to a coffee shop with a hamster running on a wheel to drive the Internet connection. From what I heard, the Marcos Ambrose stall was brutal. But that quiet sound you hear right now is me not caring, since I picked Jimmie Johnson at 15/1 odds. Down a mere 175 fake dollars and up in spirits, both literal and figurative, I feel confident this vacation devoid of technology will give me new focus, starting ...

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BUSCH, GIBBS WIN THE WEEKEND

Taking the white flag for Sunday’s Autism Speaks 400 at Dover International Speedway, race leader Kyle Busch radioed his crew saying, “I’ve never seen a flag look so pretty.” Next time by Busch took the checkered flag for the second time of the 2010 season. Leading 131 of the 400 laps, Busch cruised to a 7.551 second victory over Jeff Burton, Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin and David Reutimann. This weekend, Busch nearly won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event, took ho ...

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NEWMAN NEEDED FOUR LAPS FOR PHOENIX WIN

If one thing was learned from the finish of Saturday night’s Subway Fresh Fit 600 at the Phoenix International Raceway, it was how a team wins a Sprint Cup Series race these days has changed dramatically. Kyle Busch led 113 laps, Jimmie Johnson led 113 laps and Juan Pablo Montoya led 104 laps, yet none of them celebrated in victory lane. Ryan Newman led only four laps on the night, took two tires in the end and was able to break a 77-race winless streak.  As the laps clicked away, it ...

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MARTINSVILLE RACE POSTPONED TO MONDAY

The Sprint Cup race scheduled for Sunday in Martinsville has been postponed until Monday because of rain. From the Associated Press:"Showers lingered over the track in southwest Virginia on Sunday, and the absence of lights for night racing meant the window for racing was closing quickly. NASCAR does not allow a race to start unless it's feasible for the entire event to be run, and races on the shortest, oldest track in the Sprint Cup Series can take up to four hours. The cal ...

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KURT BUSCH WINS KOBALT TOOLS 500

Kurt Busch snapped Jimmie Johnson's two-race winning streak with a green-white-checkers win at the Kobalt Tools 500. The win was Busch's second straight spring victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Busch led two green-white-checkers restarts, the first coming with three laps to go that was a result of Carl Edwards (156 laps down) flipping sixth-place Brad Keselowski, who had gotten into Edwards earlier in the race. Matt Kenseth finished second. Juan Pablo Montoya was third. Kasey Kahne was fourth a ...

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JOHNSON WINS SECOND IN A ROW

Jimmie Johnson took four tires. Jeff Gordon took two. Guess who made the right call. The guy with the golden horseshoe up his rear, that's who. Gordon dominated, but Johnson slipped past his teammate and owner with 17 laps to go for the win. Sprint Cup points leader Kevin Harvick passed Gordon to finish second.   Jimmie Johnson wins at Vegas (AP) ...

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JIMMIE JOHNSON WINS AUTO CLUB 500

FONTANA, Calif. _ Jimmie Johnson held off Kevin Harvick in the closing laps of the Auto Club 500 to collect his second straight win at his home track and the 48th of his career. The defending Sprint Cup champion led 101 laps, more than twice as many as any other driver. His seemingly never-ending run of good luck continued Sunday. Or, as Harvick put it, "They have a golden horseshoe stuck up their ass."  Johnson caught a big break on his last stop when he pitted right before a ...

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FORD 400 TV AND START TIME

Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami SpeedwayChase race: No. 10Date: Sun., Nov. 22, 2009TV: 2:30 PM ET on ABCRace time: 3:30 PM ETFavorite: Jimmie JohnsonThe week in review:Jay W. Pennell went to Jeremy Mayfield's auction and talked to the suspended driver about his recent comments, Brian France and his futureMedia organizations called shenanigans on Brian France's secretive lawsuit against his ex-wifeDan Farkas gave a few reasons why Jimmie Johnson won't win the Chase Patrick Reynolds listed the five be ...

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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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