A Better Busch On Display At Sonoma

 The closing laps at Sonoma were dual between predator and prey, the wily lion pursuing the swift gazelle the defending race winner versus the rising upstart. Kurt Busch bore down on Clint Bowyer Sunday locked and loaded, ready to pounce. All Busch needed from Kansas Clint was one little slip, one little wiggle. Just when Bowyer seemed to pull away on the straights, Kurt would catch, on some laps with a perfect opportunity to punt Bowyer on the tight right at Turn 11. Who would blink? ...

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A Better Busch On Display At Sonoma

 The closing laps at Sonoma were dual between predator and prey, the wily lion pursuing the swift gazelle the defending race winner versus the rising upstart. Kurt Busch bore down on Clint Bowyer Sunday locked and loaded, ready to pounce. All Busch needed from Kansas Clint was one little slip, one little wiggle. Just when Bowyer seemed to pull away on the straights, Kurt would catch, on some laps with a perfect opportunity to punt Bowyer on the tight right at Turn 11. Who would blink? ...

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FOR A 5 TIME CHAMP, NO HORSESHOE IS REQUIRED

Domination. It is in part defined as the exercise of control or power. Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus and the 48 displayed a powerful visual demonstration of domination Sunday at Dover, with the five-time champion picking up his 57th career win, leading 289 out of 400 laps, sailing away on every restart. In the annals of NASCAR history, others have dominated, whether it be Buck Baker, Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt or Jeff Gordon. While legendary, no one quite sustained a run like the one Joh ...

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WHY JEFF GORDON WILL MAKE THE CHASE

 Don’t like “points racing?” This season, Jeff Gordon is your guy. I could go on about how fans who accuse drivers of playing it conservative know nothing about the competitive spirit, but that would be a digression. Besides, no one need look further than old Super G to find a racer driving with purpose over the next 16 events. A lot of “Monday Morning Quarterbacks” are writing off the four-time champion as if he is NASCAR’s Mariano Rivera. I wouldn& ...

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EDWARDS & STEWART NOT BLAMELESS

It’s not what fans always to hear, but it’s true; officials don’t win or lose sporting events, the participants do. Before you start throwing things at your monitor or disparaging this observer’s ancestry, think about it. Officials aren’t infallible, and they do make some horrendous calls. Worse yet, they can become magnified by the moment in which they occur. With that said, for every bad call, there are numerous win costing, competitor errors: missed shots, i ...

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GUESS WHO’S COURTING NASCAR HISTORY?

He would be a perfect candidate for What’s My Line? Plain spoken and unassuming, Greg Biffle isn’t even known all that well in his native Pacific Northwest. He’s a back-up center for the Trail Blazers, isn’t he? Or is he one of those Ice Trucker guys? No, no, he’s the defensive coordinator for the Seahawks. Until now, few would blame him for feeling like the Rodney Dangerfield of NASCAR. Either the media is talking about the ever-quotable defending champion To ...

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THE CURIOUS CASE OF THE BURNING BUSCHES

The 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season is just six races old, but already, we have seen some pretty weird stuff. A race car takes out a jet dryer, there’s a weird jumble of drivers near the top of the leader board, and the list doesn’t include some names we expect to be there. What in the name of Fireball Roberts is going on here? We’ve got Michael Waltrip Racing running with the big dogs, and where are the Busch brothers? Remember those guys? Yes, they are still in NASCAR, bu ...

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S-S-SMOKIN’

For as long as he’s raced in NASCAR, the book on Tony Stewart is “starts slow.” He admits it. “…The history shows in the last 13 years we have not had the strongest starts the first third of the year,” says the three-time and defending champion. About the time the temperatures heat up, so does Stewart. It’s a new day in NASCAR. With two wins in the first five races of 2012, Smoke is leaving the field in a fog, picking up where he left off, after c ...

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STEWART VS. JOHNSON: 2012′s TITLE BOUT?

It was almost like watching Richard Petty vs. David Pearson. Lap after lap, the second place driver stalks the leader, looking for a bobble, a slide, a slip to pounce upon. Sunday at Las Vegas, there would be no mistakes on the part of Tony Stewart, defending three-time champion, versus Jimmie Johnson, winner of five consecutive Sprint Cup titles. Stewart stole away with the spoils, thanks to a bold pass on a re-start. It was the 13th time Stewart and Johnson finished a race 1-2, with Smok ...

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DARIAN GRUBB: WINNING!

Revenge is a dish best served cold. Crew chief Darian Grubb isn’t going to crow and thump his chest over his victory with Denny Hamlin Sunday; it’s not his style. By the same token, that warm grin on his face quietly speaks volumes about the fulfilling feeling he must be enjoying as he helps the 11 to victory in just his second race with the team after his dismissal at the end of Tony Stewart’s 2011 championship run. Grubb says he’ll take the high road and stay posi ...

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