Unpublished championship stories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


The White Zone: Elliott takes next step with Cup title

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Anybody who watched Chase Elliott race super late models in the 2010s realized he was a generational talent. His XFINITY Series championship in 2014, his rookie season, reinforced it. His development progressed in the Cup Series, winning Rookie of the Year honors in 2016. He’s made the playoffs every year of his Cup career and won […] READ MORE


The White Zone: Low downforce is the way to go

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Last November, the feeling leaving Phoenix Raceway was disgruntlement and dread. It was a terrible race brought on by a controversial package. The idea that we swapped Homestead-Miami Speedway for that made me want to break open the liquor cabinet. After Sunday at Phoenix, I cannot wait for the championship weekend in November. Thanks to […] READ MORE


Chandler Smith Steals ARCA Win at Phoenix

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Although he didn’t lead until 10 to go, Chandler Smith was able to steal the ARCA Series win at Phoenix Raceway on Friday Night. The race was the second of the season, and the first in the debut of the Sioux Chief Showdown. Chandler Smith Steals ARCA Win at Phoenix It was a wild race, […] READ MORE