WINNERS KEEP THEIR COOL

“Sports do not build character.They reveal it.” Sportswriter Haywood Hale Broun may have been on to something, though he had passed from the scene long before Sunday’s NASCAR race at Martinsville. Much of the focus will no doubt be on some of the bad behavior during race, but what of the drivers who did it right? Their respect for others and self-restraint will be celebrated here.Jimmie Johnson admits there was a temptation to bang doors withTony Stewart on the final re-start t ...

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WHO HOLDS POCKET ACES AT KANSAS?

How fitting that this week’s race at Kansas bears the name of a casino. The 2011 Chase, so far, has resembled a high speed game of chance with a reshuffling of the leaderboard each week. First, it was Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch at the top, then Tony Stewart, and now, Harvick and Carl Edwards lead the way. That’s to say nothing of the comings and goings in the other 11 spots. Going into the the Hollywood Casino 400, there’s one certainty ...

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A SMOLDERING STEWART IS A SUCCESSFUL STEWART

Some athletes practice something akin to Norman Vincent Peale’s “Power of Positive Thinking.” They dream with anticipation, visualizing themselves on the trophy stand. When the going gets tough, the competitor utters positive self-talk and reassuring words as a mantra to push on through. With an unflappability reminiscent of Drew Brees, this athlete lets adversity roll off of him like a bead of sweat. Nothing gets in this guy’s way.Apparently, two-time NASCAR champio ...

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CHICAGO SHAKE UP ADDS INTRIGUE

“So this is one of ten.  So there's a lot that can happen...” The words of Monday’s Geico 400 winner Tony Stewart ring true. It may actually be more understatement than anything else, because a lot has happened already, with front runners dropping off and mid-packers surging ahead.While most of the race produced the kind of racing typical of a mile-and-a-half track, the ending produced the kind of shake up that a number of fans were looking for. With his win ...

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BAD BRAD FRONTS A CAST OF UNUSUAL SUSPECTS

You may not always like the racing you see week in and week out, but you can’t deny the flavors of the week have been changing as the 2011 Sprint Cup season unfolds.If the Chase started today, Brad Keselowski would be in it. No longer can it be said of him that his lone victory came in one of those flukey plate races. With victories at tracks as diverse as the mile-and-a-half at Kansas, and the Tricky Triangle at Pocono, Bad Brad has demonstrated the chops of a wheel man. How about Paul ...

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