Onward, Upward For Allmendinger, JTG Daugherty

Great stories are a part of what makes sports great. You have your stories of competitors rising to greatness from humble beginnings. There's the David vs. Goliath story lines, where a seemingly over-matched challenger topples a heavily favored champion. Let's also not forget the stories of fulfilled potential, of strategic brilliance, and stories of redemption. After making headlines of an unwanted variety, it's heartwarming to see A.J. Allmendinger quietly spark a trend of progress at ...

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2014 Southern 500 Odds

  The most underrated race of the 2014 Sprint Cup season is here. There's something special about Darlington. There's something special about night racing. Combine the two and Sprint Cup fans will see an amazing show Saturday night, especially when fans look at the latest odds. (more...) ...

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PAUL MENARD: FROM FLOPPER AWARD TO BRICKYARD 400 CHAMPION

It was only a few seasons ago, two to be exact, that Paul Menard was honored with being named the champion of allleftturns.com’s annual FLOPPER award. For those of you that may not remember, the FLOPPER award was given to the driver that Finishes Last in Overall Points while Participating in Every Race. That year Menard, finished 31st in points with no top-10s, an average start of 31st, average finish of 27th and led only 12 laps. Menard has come a long way in the two seasons since earni ...

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PAUL MENARD IS TURNING HEADS

Paul Menard stood on Bristol's pit road. He had just climbed from his Richard Childress Racing machine. After 500 laps around Thunder Valley, Menard finished fifth. He is also ranked fifth in Cup Series points. Menard's PR representative was joyful, his crew chief was smiling, and his spotter gave him a high five while walking past.  But Menard did not look overly happy. He didn’t look angry or disappointed either. Without appearing to have a bead of sweat on his face a ...

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BOWYER HIT HARD BY PENALTY

Clint Bowyer’s gamble on fuel last weekend in New Hampshire may have paid off and put the Chase driver in Victory Lane on Sunday, but on Wednesday, NASCAR handed down a hefty penalty that sent Bowyer from second in the Chase standings all the way to 12th. After taking the winning No. 33 Chevrolet was sent back to the NASCAR Research & Development Center in Concord, N.C., officials determined the rear of the car – where the body lined up with the chassis – did not meet the s ...

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BOWYER SAVES GAS, EARNS CHASE WIN

The 2010 Chase for the Sprint Cup kicked off Sunday in New Hampshire with a wild 300-lap race that came down to fuel mileage and saw Clint Bowyer go from 12th in the standings to championship contender in one afternoon. Earning the 12th and final transfer spot in the Chase, Bowyer and his No. 33 team led by Shane Wilson put together a car that dominated the early stages of Sunday’s Sylvania 300. Falling off a bit in the middle stages of the race, Bowyer and Wilson took a gamble on fuel mil ...

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WHY MENARD TO RCR MAKES SENSE

Reports surfaced earlier this week that current Richard Petty Motorsports driver Paul Menard is likely to make a move to Richard Childress Racing for the 2011 season. At the end of 2009, RCR was forced to cut back their four car team due to a lack of sponsorship, but SI.com's Tom Bowles explains at why expanding to a four car operation makes sense for RCR this time and why Menard is the perfect guy for the job. Possible Menard, RCR union might not be such a bad idea (SI.com) ...

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TOP STORY 9: RCR GETS LOOPY

Richard Childress loves racing. He also has a passion for making wine. Good thing the Childress wine empire is doing well, because his racing empire drove many fans to drink this season, enough to be the No. 9 Story of 2010. What Happened?Richard Childress Racing had arguably its worst season ever. Its four drivers failed to win a race or pole. Three drivers made the Chase in 2008. None qualified in 2009. Clint Bowyer finished 15th in points and was the only driver to have the same crew chief ...

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RCR? No, It’s NOT Dead Yet!

If you believed everything you read, about this time last week, you were pretty much ready to toss Richard Childress Racing straight into the crapper.That is, despite finishes of second, fourth, and 15th (Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, and Casey Mears, respectively) at Daytona, RCR's poor showing at California proved that something was amiss.As near as I can figure it, the collective rationale (ably represented by this story) went like this: Sure, RCR had good finishes in the 500 ...

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