2013 SPRINT CUP RESOLUTIONS: WIN, LOSE OR DRAW

So how is your New Year’s Resolution going?Now is the time when we all aspire to work out more, eat less and find some other way to better ourselves in 2013. For the first few weeks of the year, things go great. For the remaining 49 weeks of the year, it’s back to the same old same old for 90% of the country.When it comes to NASCAR, who will turn over a new leaf? Who will keep it the same as it ever was? Let’s break it down, Bert Convy style. Win: Hendrick Motorsports will w ...

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BEST AND WORST MOVES OF 2010 SEASON

What have been the best Silly Season moves of 2010? What have been the worst? RCR's decision to reorganize and Kevin Harvick's decision to stay with RCR has to be No. 1. The worst move of the Sprint Cup season? That would be Rick Hendrick's decision to force the No. 5 and No. 88 teams to work together.  The three best and worst moves in NASCAR this season (SI.com) ...

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CAN KURT BUSCH WIN THE SPRINT CUP TITLE?

Kurt Busch has his best shot at a title since 2004, when he won the Sprint Cup title by edging out Jimmie Johnson. SI.com's Tim Tuttle says Busch is racing at the highest level of his career. He must be. He's no longer the other Busch. Kurt Busch is primed for another shot at championship glory (SI.com) ...

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IS HAMLIN CHAMPIONSHIP A POSSIBILITY?

What are we seeing here?Denny Hamlin crossed under the checkered flag first after 400 miles at Michigan. He held off Kasey Kahne and Kurt Busch, the other two strongest cars in the field, during the closing laps. That is the basic picture of Sunday afternoon. But the bigger picture shows us Hamlin may be a serious title contender.Maybe. The Virginia native raised a Cup race-winning trophy for the fifth time in 15 championship events in 2010 and second in a row. He is third in Cup Series stand ...

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VISUALIZING SPRINT CUP POINTS ACCUMULATION

With the way the Sprint Cup points are earned, it can be easy to lose track of the big picture. In this post, I look at a couple of ways to visualize point accumulation so that it doesn't seem so cumbersome. I consider two approaches: 1.) Total points 2.) Points per race (PPR) average across all 36 races.I considered the top 20 drivers in points all year, and I did not count the Chase reset of points. What you see are the actual total points each driver earned. No artificial additives here. I ...

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SPRINT CUP PREDICTIONS REVISITED

Before the 2009 season, I made predictions about the year ahead. Now with the 2009 season behind us, I have decided to take a look back at my picks to see how I fared. The five categories were 1.) Driver leading the standings after 26 races 2.) Driver who would miss the Chase 3.) Biggest surprise 4.) Biggest disappointment 5.) Sprint Cup champion. Points leader after 26 racesPrediction: Carl EdwardsActual points leader: Tony Stewart (before Chase reset)Like many, I figured Carl Edwards would lea ...

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JIMMIE JOHNSON WINS RECORD FOURTH STRAIGHT SPRINT CUP TITLE

Jimmie Johnson won a record fourth straight Sprint Cup title at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday to continue one of the most impressive - and underappreciated - dynasties in all of sports. Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus, and their Hendrick Motorsports crew, are the most consistently dominant team in Sprint Cup history. No driver has ever accomplished a fourpeat. Only Jeff Gordon (four), Dale Earnhardt (seven) and Richard Petty (seven) have won as many or more championships than Johnson, who ...

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IT’S A LONG SHOT, BUT MARTIN CAN STILL WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP

Jimmie Johnson’s win last weekend in Phoenix seemed to put the final touches on his fourth straight championship run. With just one race standing between him and a record-breaking fourth straight Sprint Cup trophy, all Johnson will have to do next weekend at the Ford 400 at Homestead is finish 25th or better to earn the title. Me? I don’t hear the fat lady singing just yet. (And yes I am looking in your direction, Eddie Gossage.) Hendrick Motorsports teammate Mark Martin still ...

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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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TUMS FAST RELIEF 500 ODDS

Entertainment purposes only blah blah blah.Good, now that the disclaimer is out of the way, it’s time to look at Sunday’s race at Martinsville by the odds. There’s one main thing you need to know before hitting your ATM (to get food for the race, not to place any wagers unless you are in a state where such activity is legal):  Las Vegas is scared of Jimmie JohnsonIf every driver had an equal chance of winning the race, Jimmie Johnson would have a 2.3 percent chance of w ...

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