JOHNSON WINS HISTORIC FIFTH STRAIGHT TITLE

In one of the most dramatic races in recent memory, the 2010 Chase for the Sprint Cup literally came down to the wire. Entering the day, Denny Hamlin led Jimmie Johnson by 15 points, with Kevin Harvick only 46 points behind. With all three drivers looking to make their own history, the 267-lap race at the Homestead-Miami Speedway was going to determine the champion. Throughout the course of the day, each of the three title contenders suffered setbacks and each overcame those troubles. Yet when C ...

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REMEMBERING NOV. 15, 1992 IN ATLANTA, ONE HECK OF A SEASON FINALE

I was so cold.The kind of cold where my toes and fingertips ached. My teeth had a consistently slight chatter. My back shivered most of the day and just would not stop. The wind was constant and the air was bitter in the shade. And yet this discomfort was not the foremost memory I was left with from this weekend. I describe the physical feeling I tolerated from the top row of the turn one grandstands in Atlanta during the 1992 NASCAR Cup season finale. The historical impact of what I had witness ...

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AAA 500 ODDS

What must Richard Petty be thinking under that awesome hat of his?When Clint Bowyer passed inspection at Talladega last week, I failed to win. Still, I’m up a fake 40 dollars heading into the final three races of the season.  My financial reality is far different than Petty’s. For one, I’m not betting real money Mr. IRS auditor who should be working right now. More importantly, any financial reality I have is a peanuts compared to the mountain of issues “The King&rdq ...

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ALLMENDINGER SIGNS MULTIYEAR DEAL WITH RPM

Rumors were made official Friday morning when Richard Petty, Foster Gillett and AJ Allmendinger announced the team had signed a multiyear contract to keep Allmendinger in the No. 43 Ford. With Kasey Kahne, Elliott Sadler and possibly Paul Menard departing the organization at the end of the 2010 season, RPM was able to lock one of its current drivers for years to come. “I am really excited about my future here with Richard Petty Motorsports,” Allmendinger said. “It’s b ...

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ALLMENDINGER FLASHES PETTY COLORS

Watching Dover’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race brought back a pleasant sight. The usual sights were in order naturally. Kyle Busch claiming another win, a strong performance by Jimmie Johnson, and Kevin Harvick finishing well for Richard Childress Racing. The image I ended the day with was a competitive run by A.J. Allmendinger sporting a Richard Petty throwback paint scheme. I grew up as a Petty fan. When I was first exposed to motorsports as a young boy in the 1970s, my driver to root for w ...

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FIVE NASCAR MYTHS

Race fans know their sport. Or do they? There are some misnomers floating around the NASCAR world. Die-hard knowledgeable fans know the deep details that make the following statements false. Read carefully. Now think carefully. Check some history books. Do some research. And be careful how you use the word “NASCAR.”1. Jimmie Johnson Is The Only Driver To Win Four Consecutive NASCAR Championships. Johnson is the only driver to win four consecutive CUP championships. Emphasis on the wo ...

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THE FIVE BEST DAYTONA 500 FINISHES

Ken Squier coined it the “Great American Race.” Common men doing uncommon things. Cars racing closer than you park in the parking lot, in turns steeper than the roof of your house. These are all descriptive phrases that are accurate. The Daytona 500 is the largest race on the NASCAR calendar. The event rivals the Indianapolis 500’s title as the biggest race in the world. Motorsports are always fighting for attention from the mainstream media. Other sports sometimes overshadow s ...

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PETTY PRESENTS JOHNSON WITH AWARD

So who gets nervous when Jimmie Johnson meets Richard Petty? Johnson? Petty? Both? Neither? Petty got a little loose at an award ceremony in Johnson's honor, but he recovered gracefully. The clip is from HBO's 24/7 Jimmie Johnson. 24/7 Jimmie Johnson Race to Daytona: Driver of the Year Award (HBO on YouTube) ...

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WHAT DO RICHARD PETTY AND BERT CONVY HAVE IN COMMON?

It’s easy in this line of work to make a knee-jerk reaction to breaking news. It’s a little more difficult to offer some insight a few days after the fact. Doing it all with an homage to the late Bert Convy, now that’s providing real perspective. While most people stewed over the final race before the Chase, I was stewing over another merger for Richard Petty Motorsports while watching too many old game shows. With that in mind, let’s play "Win, Lose or Draw" ...

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RICHARD PETTY CONTEST

Your King awaits.Richard Petty has agreed to answer three select questions from All Left Turns readers. And all he wants in return is to give you free stuff. Wha-wha-what? STP is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Petty's 200th career win by asking fans to send in questions they would like Petty to answer. I'll choose the three best and will post the answers.In addition to having your question answered by the King, winners will receive STP Complete Fuel System Cleaner and STP hats and T-shirts. ...

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