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Race Day: Some Chase Words
Sunday, 22 Nov, 2009 – 8:51 | One Comment
Race Day: Some Chase Words

Interestingly, the very existence of the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship has come under scrutiny at times in recent weeks. It seems that not everybody loves a winner or, at least, a winning organization.
Very little of that scrutiny emanated from the Sprint Cup garages at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend, however. Competitors, some of whom [...]

Remember Texas? Jimmie Sure Does
Sunday, 22 Nov, 2009 – 7:45 | One Comment
Remember Texas? Jimmie Sure Does

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Homestead, Fla. – Surprisingly, Jimmie Johnson came to Homestead-Miami Speedway with a case of nerves.
It seems that just about everybody has conceded an unprecedented fourth-straight NASCAR Sprint Cup championship to the Hendrick Motorsports driver as he heads into Sunday’s season-ending Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
And he’s certainly been through this [...]

Minter: Humpy Assesses Jimmie
Saturday, 21 Nov, 2009 – 14:45 | One Comment
Minter: Humpy Assesses Jimmie

Ever since he began to dominate the Sprint Cup Series, media members and fans and others have been trying to figure out what to think about Jimmie Johnson. Some say he’s too clean cut, too vanilla, too non-controversial to suit the average NASCAR fan. Others don’t seem to give him the credit he deserves for [...]

France: It’s Not The Format, It’s Jimmie
Saturday, 21 Nov, 2009 – 7:42 | 3 Comments
France: It’s Not The Format, It’s Jimmie

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Homestead, Fla. – The very large headline on the special NASCAR Championship Week section in Friday’s Miami Herald read: “Should The Chase Face The Scrap Heap?’’
The accompanying article didn’t really come to a conclusion, but the headline is representative of the type of questions being asked as Jimmie Johnson prepares [...]

Cup Notes: Martin Awed By 48
Friday, 20 Nov, 2009 – 19:00 | Comments Off
Cup Notes: Martin Awed By 48

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Homestead, Fla. – When it comes to excelling during NASCAR’s 10-race Sprint Cup chase, there is no one better than Jimmie Johnson, who will attempt to clinch an unprecedented fourth consecutive title during Sunday’s Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Mark Martin, the lone driver with a mathematical chance to dethrone Johnson [...]

Johnson Wins Pole at HMS
Friday, 20 Nov, 2009 – 16:56 | Comments Off
Johnson Wins Pole at HMS

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Homestead, Fla. – Jimmie Johnson said coming into the final weekend of the season that qualifying near the front would be an important step toward wrapping up his fourth straight NASCAR Sprint Cup championship.
Mission accomplished.
Johnson ripped off the fastest lap of the afternoon on the 1.5-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway track to earn [...]

France Talks Schedules, Bumps, Danica
Friday, 20 Nov, 2009 – 15:32 | 2 Comments
France Talks Schedules, Bumps, Danica

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Homestead, Fla. – NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France met with members of the media on Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway to discuss the current state of the sport.
Among the highlights:
Question: The drivers were critical over the bump-drafting rule at Talladega three weeks ago. What are you planning on doing there?
France: [...]

Jimmie, Hendrick Reach Deal
Friday, 20 Nov, 2009 – 12:48 | One Comment
Jimmie, Hendrick Reach Deal

Homestead, Fla. – Somebody’s going to have to figure out how to beat Jimmie Johnson because he isn’t going anywhere for a long time.
Team owner Rick Hendrick, sitting alongside the driver on the cusp of winning his fourth NASCAR Sprint Cup championship in a row and giving the team its record-tying ninth Cup title, announced [...]

Minter: Denny’s Is A Popular Place For Media
Friday, 20 Nov, 2009 – 7:30 | Comments Off
Minter: Denny’s Is A Popular Place For Media

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Somewhere along the way over the last year or two, there’s been a refreshing change in Denny Hamlin.
Hamlin, who turned 29 this month, has become far more cooperative as far as working with the print media is concerned. He’s been approachable, refreshingly honest with his answers and as cooperative as [...]

Minter: Stats Give Martin Hope
Thursday, 19 Nov, 2009 – 11:16 | Comments Off
Minter: Stats Give Martin Hope

Some Thursday NASCAR observations:
Now it’s down to Champions Week at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where in some years there have been nail-biting points races to be decided. Not this year.
The one last big question remaining to be answered this Sprint Cup season is whether Mark Martin can overcome the 108 points that separate him from his Hendrick [...]