Unpublished championship stories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


Odds on Odds: Pennzoil 400

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Las Vegas, known for its gambling, action events and lights will turn it’s attention to another action packed event. Sunday afternoon, the Las Vegas Motor Speedway will be the main focus in Sin City with the 22nd running of the Pennzoil 400. Let’s go ahead and mix racing with gambling and see what we can […] READ MORE


Odds on Odds: 2020 Daytona 500

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Sunday, the 62nd running of the ‘Great American Race’ the Daytona 500 will begin a new season. The 2020 Daytona 500 is setting up to be one of the best races and most wide open. It will also mark a new era for Nascar and many drivers. As we sit down for Sunday’s race there […] READ MORE


Logano, Byron win Duels, set Daytona 500 Starting Lineup

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After a crash-filled Busch Clash on Sunday, NASCAR rounded out its 120 laps of qualifying races with nearly all of its cars relatively unharmed. Joey Logano and William Byron each won Duel Races that saw just one caution a piece, with most of the damage from each going to cars that didn’t qualify for the main event. Logano, […] READ MORE


The White Zone: That was some ‘dumb, dumb racing’

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Matt Weaver of Autoweek.com once told me that superspeedway racing is just a high-speed game of Russian roulette. Sunday’s farce of a Busch Clash at Daytona International Speedway reinforced that notion, with some “dumb, dumb racing.” Until the final 10 laps at Daytona, the Busch Clash was a fuel mileage race. The Chevrolet cars, plus Joey […] READ MORE


Odds on Odds: 2020 Busch Clash at Daytona

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The 2020 NASCAR Cup Season is about to set sail and will do so with the running of Sunday’s Busch Clash. Each season begins with the pole winners from last season, along with former winners of the Clash and Daytona 500 all come together to open the year. The Busch Clash returns to it’s original […] READ MORE


The Offseason comes to an end with Sunday’s Busch Clash

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The newly minted NASCAR Cup Series, sans title sponsor, will see its first action of the year with 18 drivers vying for the title of Busch Clash champion. For fans of stock car racing, the offseason was way too long. For drivers, there is always the anticipation of Daytona Speedweeks all winter long. Who can […] READ MORE


Will Ford crash the Busch Clash with a win at Daytona?

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The Blue Oval has seven cars in the Busch Clash, giving them a slight edge over longtime rival, Chevrolet, who has six. Ford has claimed nine victories in the history of the race. Ford has been around in the NASCAR Cup Series a long time dating back to 1949 when Jim Roper won the first-ever […] READ MORE