Kid Joey’s Sitting At The Adult Table Now

Sometimes charming, sometimes annoyingly overeager, Joey Logano has been the quintessential NASCAR younger brother since his arrival on the Cup scene at the end of 2008. Perhaps thrust into the spotlight too soon, Logano has been like that little kid who strapped on boots just a little too big and stumbled all over them. The greatest thing since sliced bread? The way things started, the Connecticut Kid appeared to be only half baked. Logano found himself with the high heat turned on, with ...

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A Redemption Story In An Unlikely Place

NASCAR fan, could you have imagined we would be where we are today? Just two short seasons ago, it looked like the party was over. Released from Penske Racing- the team that had given Kurt Busch his second chance just five years earlier- the 2004 NASCAR Cup champion appeared destined for a career with start-and-parks or underfunded teams. Today, Gene Haas is looking crazy like fox, as Busch earns a win for the '41' in just their sixth start as a team, at Martinsville of all places in the ...

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NASCAR In Las Vegas: Win, Lose or Draw

Las Vegas knows how to create an event. Sunday's Kobalt 400 offered several different leaders and a last lap pass, even if it was because Dale Earnhardt Jr. needed another quarter gallon of fuel. While Brad Keselowski won the race, others should feel good about the outcome. Here's a Bert Convy inspired breakdown. (more...) ...

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One of NASCAR’s Colorful Characters Returns To Open Wheel Racing

It is with a wry grin and a tinge of sadness that we learn that Juan Pablo Montoya is leaving NASCAR, signing on with Roger Penske to race Indy cars starting in 2014. He may not have made anyone forget A.J. Foyt (who won seven races and logged 36 top 10s in 128 NASCAR starts), but the colorful Colombian will not soon be forgotten. How could we forget? He Said What?- According to Mark Martin- a winner of a combined 96 victories in NASCAR Cup, Nationwide, and truck racing- JPM didn't mu ...

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DO “THE DOUBLE” TONY!

There’s an uncharacteristic buzz in the post-award banquet world of racing, and it has nothing to do with what Danica Patrick wore to Las Vegas. Championship racing impresario Roger Penske has the chatter class working overtime with his offer of an Indianapolis 500 ride to NASCAR stud Tony Stewart on the same day as the Coca-Cola 600. It’s the first somewhat serious discussion we have had of “doing the double” (racing both races) in some number of years. Natural ...

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NO QUIT KESELOWSKI

 Gonna stand my ground, won't be turned aroundAnd I'll keep this world from draggin' me downGonna stand my ground and I won't back down Tom Petty The words from “Won’t Back Down” describe well the mentality of the young driver hanging tough with five time champion and points leader Jimmie Johnson. Did you see those little exchanges between the 2 and the 48 last Sunday? If Bad Brad Keselowski is nervous, he’s not lettin ...

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A NEW CHAPTER BEGINS IN A.J. ALLMENDINGER’S STORY

Those of you who who have read these pages regularly know that yours truly has been following the story of A.J. Allmendinger closely. It’s hard to explain why. Perhaps spiritual beliefs fuel an interest in redemption stories, maybe it’s because in my own way, I was A.J. Allmendinger once. Whatever the case, a new chapter is about to unfold in his story. Many have written off the young racer’s career. Even before his positive tested for a banned substance (Allmendinger says ...

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IS ALLMENDINGER FINISHED? MAYBE NOT

If you ask most fans talking heads, A.J. Allmendinger is toast at Penske Racing, and has probably kissed good-bye his one shot at a quality Sprint Cup ride. Drugs in NASCAR? Until now, at least as drivers go, it’s pretty sure ticket to obscurity. Is it this time? Admittedly, it won’t be any fun to be A.J. Allmendinger having a “Come to Jesus” talk with The Captain. Roger Penske commands respect, and if his track record with former drivers- Kurt Busch comes to mind- i ...

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OPEN WHEEL POWER SHINES AT ATLANTA

 Kurt Busch won the spring Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway for the second year in a row. He did it with a new crew chief, but the same car owner. Roger Penske strolled to victory lane on a day when the influence of single-seat and open cockpit racing became evident at the finish.  Penske, or "The Captain" as he is known around racing circuits, is synonymous with motorsports success. He has many owner trophies from NASCAR and even more from various Indycar-style series.& ...

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