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    Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Diet Mountain Dew/National Guard/AMP Energy Chevrolet, speaks to the media prior to practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 26, 2012 in Ridgeway, Virginia. Earnhardt has been cleared to race after taking two races off while suffering symptoms from a concussion in Talladega. (Credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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    Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, signs autograps for fans during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 26, 2012 in Ridgeway, Virginia. (Credit: John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)

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    Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, walks in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 27, 2012 in Ridgeway, Virginia. (Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR)

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    Denny Hamlin, driver of the #51 Toyota Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway on October 27, 2012 in Ridgeway, Virginia. (Credit: Tyler Barrick/Getty Images)

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    Brian Vickers

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    Ingrid Vandebosch, holds daughter Ella. Jeff Gordon holds his son, Leo.

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    Sherry Pollex and Martin Truex Jr.

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    Kevin and DeLana Harvick, with their son, Keelan.

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    Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 28, 2012 in Ridgeway, Virginia. (Credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

martinsville: that’s enough, jimmie johnson. that’s enough.

All I can say about Jimmie Johnson winning yesterday at Martinsville is this: No. Just, nooooo.

We’ve seen this movie before and I don’t want to see it again. We’ve seen the 4 sequels, too. I’m over it and I want to see something new.

I’ve been reading your comments from the 2012 ‘Fabulous’ Reader Survey (you can still fill it out if you haven’t already!) and someone asked why I don’t cover any of the non-Chase drivers. Well, it’s pretty much because there’s not much going on with them at this point. Right now we’re all fretting over who’s going to win the Championship. Although I would really like to know what the hell happened to Carl Edwards (he still races right??) this year and I would LOVE it if someone not in the Chase won a race. And when it comes to photos I’m currently limited to what I can get from NASCAR, and those tend to skew towards the Chase drivers. But you’ll notice in the gallery that I took some photos of what I could see on TV during the invocation & national anthem. hehe.

In other non-news news…

– I had a totally random thought about how awesome it would be if I could spend the next couple of years blogging about the culture of different professional sports in the same way that I have about NASCAR. I would love to spend time on the AVP Professional Beach Volleyball Tour writing about the players, interviewing them and experiencing all the behind-the-scenes stuff, learning about what their media & fan obligations are like. The same with tennis, surfing, golf, basketball, soccer, hockey, football, etc. No one does that, at least not the way I would do it. But how to make that happen?

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