Add “NASCAR Ambassador” To Jimmie’s Resume

His appearances at the White House have become so frequent, the President has suggested Jimmie Johnson get his own parking space. Barack Obama did add two stipulations: the six-time champion can't steal the Commander-In-Chief's parking space, and no burn outs allowed on the portico. As Johnson was honored Wednesday at the White House, Obama referred to the Californian as the "Michael Jordan of NASCAR." It's a fitting title. Love him or loathe him, there's no denying Jordan transcended bas ...

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Quicken Loans 400: Win, Lose or Draw

How fitting that on Father's Day, Nascar's Godfather ruled the roost at the Quicken Loans 400. No, we're not talking about Jimmie Johnson, who became the first drive to win three times in the 2014 Sprint Cup season. It's his boss who really was the big winner of the weekend. (more...) ...

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Team 88: Something Proven

To be numbered among the best, the critics said they had a lot to prove. The driver, the progeny of a seven-time champion, was derided as one born on third base, but cheered as though he had hit a triple. He's been called a choker, gun shy, lazy and all manner of things in an effort to explain why he had not achieved his father's proficiency. The crew chief once took the reins from the master pit boss for a four-time champion. In a play off of his name, he was called "Pop Tart." Memes gra ...

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Why Winners Win

"Teams that play together beat those teams with superior players who play more as individuals."- NBA coaching legend Jack Ramsay In a play on a "Foxworthyism"- if you go a dozen races without a win and they call it a slump, you might be a champion. Ha! There would be about 40 other drivers who would to have the kind of "slump" Jimmie Johnson just had. Were you like me, and when you saw that the 48 won the pole for the Coca-Cola 600, you thought "Here we go- it looks like Johnson will ...

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KAHNE & FRANCIS: NASCAR’S MOST UNDERRATED DUO?

 I can imagine the response now. “Really?” “Isn’t that like picking a dark horsein fantasy football? Doesn’t he have to be some kind of unknown?” Somepeople may consider Kahne overrated, given all the popularity, all thesponsorships, all the demand- given what he has (or hasn’t) accomplished. The point is well taken. There’s hauler full of NASCAR drivers who have bigtime talent, but languish in relative anonymity because of the quality of thei ...

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MYTHBUSTING THE JOHNSON CONSPIRACY

From the Salem witch trials in colonial Massachusetts to the Bilderberger’s Conference, conspiracy theories have been abundant and ever present to explain away things we can’t quite understand. Not to be left out, NASCAR nation has had its fair share.Let’s see, we have NASCAR turning a blind eye to pave the way for Richard Petty’s 200th win at Daytona in the presence of President Ronald Reagan. Then there was Darrell Waltrip’s suspicious car that earned him an All-S ...

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THANKSGIVING PROP BETS

Now what?I’ve spent more than 40 weeks figuring out a way to wager fake income on races for the sake of your entertainment. Since I never put down any real money, I can’t even enjoy the 180 dollars I’m up because the money doesn’t exist. I could spend time with my family. I could see old friends from school. I could come up with random bets Vegas should make to keep NASCAR fans interested this winter. So with all due respect to my Uncle Ed and high school friends I never ...

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LOL RACE PICS: JUNIOR AND HENDRICK

 Tip of the hat to LOL Race Pics. Related links:Mmmm-hmmmmHow Kyle thinksNo dramaHow Kyle Busch drivesTony and Darian hug it outI wish this was realFor the son of MontoyaEasiest punchline everKyle gets that lookUs timeToo sexy for his shirtNever start and parkElvis CheeriosRun, Danica, RunThe PledgeBlame GordonJimmie's golden horseshoe and Jeff's recklessness win the dayJimmie pulls Denny asideJunior's beard wincesSilence of the Rocket ManTony Stewart food runDarrell Waltrip bustedAmish ...

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REMEMBERING THE FINAL NASHVILLE FAIRGROUNDS CUP RACE IN 1984

The Nationwide and Cup tours roll into Chicago this weekend. The Windy City has held the traditional post-Independence Day date since the speedway began hosting major league NASCAR races in 2001. But it wasn’t always that way.A little weekly short track accompanied with an old-fashioned fairground used to hold the very same date. Nashville, Tenn., formerly hosted the then Grand National Series in its second of two annual 420-lap races.The setting is a grassroots level racetrack that stages ...

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DRIVING FOR HENDRICK DOESN’T GUARANTEE SUCCESS

Rick Hendrick has had plenty of strong drivers in his stable over the years. Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Terry Labonte all have won Cup championships for him. Kasey Kahne is the newest commodity to make a commitment to Hendrick Motorsports. The wins and titles are remembered. But not all drivers who passed through the shops near Charlotte Motor Speedway are remembered for a trophy collection. Some have memories of losses and poor performances. Here are five who often ran in mid-pack. 1. C ...

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