Unpublished championship stories

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During a sports journalism class I took at the University of Tennessee, my professor — Phil Kaplan, south region assistant sports editor for USA TODAY Network — invited writers to speak to us, tell us about their experience on the job. One of those speakers was Mike Wilson, Tennessee athletics beat writer for the Knoxville […] READ MORE


Chase Elliott rebounds from pre-race penalty to win championship

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Chase Elliott climbed out of the car and lied his head on the roof for a moment; absorbing everything. Then he hopped off and jumped into the arms of his pit crew. After his trackside interview with NBC, he walked over and hugged his father, Bill Elliott, and mother, Cindy Elliott. “All you can dream […] READ MORE


Harvick misses championship cut, despite late rally

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Kevin Harvick found a secluded spot in his motorhome and talked to the media. Sporting a hoodie and glasses, he answered everyone’s questions like the professional he is. Not one to wear his heart on his sleeve, but not the stone cold stoic, either, he hid his disappointment well. Most people wouldn’t take missing the cut […] READ MORE


What effect a larger spoiler played at Daytona

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For much of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season, one of the biggest criticisms levied at the high-downforce package was that it made passing the leader a Herculean task. I, myself, pointed this out many different times, this season. Sunday, however, was the exception to the rule, on the run to the finish. While Chase Elliott bested Denny […] READ MORE


Blown tire costs Hamlin victory at Indianapolis

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Denny Hamlin was just seven laps from victory. He was 17.5 miles from becoming the third driver to win both the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 in the same season. Then, his right-front tire gave out. A dream run in the #Brickyard400 ends in a hard crash for @dennyhamlin. He was able to climb from […] READ MORE


Hamlin Out-runs Darkness at Pocono

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If you thought the Pocono 350 would make it to halfway, let alone the advertised distance, put your hand down because you’re lying. With the lightning hold before the NASCAR Cup Series went green and the 50-minute red flag for rain, combined with the lack of lights, it was all but certain that making it […] READ MORE


Odds on Odds: Toyota 500

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We have finally started the race season back up and did so with a blast. Sunday was a special event at Darlington Raceway and it delivered. If you didn’t get enough racing on Sunday, then good news for you we have more Wednesday for the Toyota 500. Odds on Odds: Toyota 500 Many sports books […] READ MORE


Odds on Odds: Real Heroes 400

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WE ARE BACK! Finally, after almost 3 full months we are going racing again. Albeit, there are some stipulations that we have never seen before. Doesn’t matter though, racing is here and we are talking odds from the Real Heroes 400 from Darlington. Odds on Odds: Real Heroes 400 So much hype has been put […] READ MORE


Cousin Carl Takes to Dirt: The 2007 Prelude to the Dream

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One of the races that I miss seeing on a regular basis is the Prelude to the Dream that was ran at Eldora Speedway. This race brought the best Nascar Cup drivers to the dirt for a little bit of fun and put on a show for a great cause. Some of these drivers had […] READ MORE


A sneaky good Busch Race in Kansas, the ’07 Yellow Transportation 300

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There are a few races out there that provide a field of big names battling hard for position with some drama and tensions flaring throughout. I just didn’t think I’d find one in a NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Kansas from 2007. The series, then sponsored by Busch, came into Kansas Speedway late in the […] READ MORE