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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