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i’m going to homestead-miami speedway this weekend!

Awesomely fabulous news! Thanks to the awesome folks at Quicken Loans I’m attending the final race in the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule! This weekend’s race will be my first visit to Homestead-Miami Speedway and to Florida in general. I’m REALLY looking forward to it, especially since I didn’t think I was going to be able to attend any more NASCAR events this year.

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a NASCAR wife interview with samantha busch

The thing I love the most about interviewing wives & girlfriends of NASCAR drivers is that you get to see them through a different perspective. That different view, of seeing them as regular people, is my number one goal for this site (well, that and getting to do this full-time) and it’s the reason I was really excited to interview Kyle Busch‘s wife, Samantha. I sent Samantha a bunch of questions that she’s answered — awesomely — below. I really think you’ll dig this interview and maybe look at Kyle differently as a result.

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fight, fight, fight! jeff gordon won’t back down, neither will clint bowyer’s crew

I don’t know if you heard but there was a little incident at Phoenix International Raceway yesterday. It was so small that it caused #NASCAR to be a trend nationally on Twitter and for The Today Show to mention it this morning. Just a bunch of dudes getting in to a fist fight in the garage that’s all.

steve letarte didn’t go to prom, went to ‘hendrick high school’

Diet Mountain Dew created a series of videos available to view on YouTube called “Getting to Know the Dew Crew.” The series includes interviews with various members of the No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew team, including Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his crew chief Steve Letarte (above). I didn’t watch all of them but I find it REALLY interesting that none of them have received over 1,000 views yet. It could have something to do with the fact that the content isn’t that thrilling and no one told you about ‘em, but I guess I am now. :)

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why i’m not going to champion’s week this year, unless…

It seriously pains me to say this, er type this, but I’m not attending this year’s NASCAR Champion’s Week and Awards Ceremony in Las Vegas. I simply can’t afford it. I could go but then I’d have to not pay rent, or at least not pay all of it and I’ve heard that my landlord frowns on that kind of thing. So I’m stuck not going to one of my favorite events of the year.

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for f— sake! jimmie johnson can’t be allowed to win a 6th championship!

So we’re really doing this? I can’t express to you how incredibly boring and soul crushing it is when Jimmie Johnson wins AND continues to lead the points in the Chase.

"Well, Jimmie (Johnson) wasn't in New York when (Hurricane) Sandy hit — he was in North Carolina it looks like so he made it. So, scratch that from the list of ideas possibly that I could win this championship. I think hit man is probably out of the order. He rides his bicycle a lot — I was hoping maybe he would blow his knee out or something. Nothing career-ending or anything. Maybe painful — something painful to keep him out of the car. You have to beat him. That's what makes this sport what it is. It's incredible the job they do each and every year and it's a challenge for everybody to try and outrun him. They are so solid. We saw in Kansas — about the time you think, 'Oh boy, they've done stubbed their toe now,' they had a hell of a Band-Aid and got it fixed right back up. I think he finished right behind me and its like, 'How did they possibly do that?' That's what it takes to win a championship and if we do that, it's going to be pretty cool."
Clint Bowyer today when asked what it would take for him to beat Jimmie Johnson for the Sprint Cup Series Championship.

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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.

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the 2012 ‘fabulous’ reader survey

It’s that time again. The time when you guys get to fill out a quick, handy-dandy survey that helps me figure out the best way to move this site forward. I REALLY appreciate your time & input. The fact that you read this site AND enjoy it means so much to me.

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kansas: can we stick a fork in espn’s “stick a fork in ‘em” feature?

Nothing important changed after the race at Kansas yesterday. Brad Keselowski still leads the points standings by 7 points over Jimmie Johnson. Denny Hamlin is still third. Sooo yep, that’s about it.

nascar brides: a rare photo round-up of weddings past

In my travels on the internet I have come across photos of the weddings of some of NASCAR’s top drivers. I thought it would be a good idea to get them all together in one place since they’re all strewn about.

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interview: discussing ‘in the red’ with dale earnhardt jr.’s former publicist, jade gurss

I’ve been pretty clear about the fact that Dale Earnhardt Jr. is the reason that I became a NASCAR fan and subsequently a NASCAR blogger. I’ve chronicled what it meant to me to get to stand in on one of his press conferences and how the MTV documentary “True Life: I’m a a race car driver” is what piqued my interest in racing.

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clint bowyer wins but never gets to do a burnout

Good job, Clint Boywer, good job. :)

There are five races left in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Series Championship and I’m wondering exactly how much can change in that time.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (center), driver of the No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet, is flanked by Hendrick Motorsports team owner Rick Hendrick (left) and crew chief Steve Letarte (right) as he speaks to the media at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Oct. 11 in Charlotte, N.C. Earnhardt will miss two races after suffering a concussion from an accident in Talladega last week. (Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

dale jr. fans have a reason to be proud, not sad

Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced today that he’s sitting out the next two races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule (Charlotte and Kansas) due to concussions, one sustained at Kansas during a testing session last month and the other at Talladega last Sunday. It’s sad news because he’s missing out on racing — especially since he’s in The Chase and had been having a great season so far in terms of consistency — but it’s great news in that he’s listening to his body and taking care of the MOST important thing: his health.

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talladega: maybe i’m not bloodthirsty anymore

I think Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s comments after yesterday’s race at Talladega were right-on:

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jimmie johnson’s jackman is up for cosmo’s bachelor of the year award

We all know that Ron Malec, car chief of the No. 48 Lowes Chevy, is indeed the hottest car chief in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage. But did you know that the jackman for the 48 is pretty hot, too? In fact, TJ Ford been nominated for the 2012 Cosmo Bachelor of the Year Contest. Check out his profile (and photo!) and then vote for him (here) before the contest ends on Thursday, October 18th at 6AM EST.

Photo Credit: quitepeculiar via flickr

theater of the living: mass transit’s mass annoyances

I’ve been meaning to write about the books and music I’ve been in love with lately but there’s a bigger topic I must get to first. Let’s talk about how annoying public transportation is. Don’t get me wrong, public transportation is a wonderful & necessary thing. It gets cars off the road, makes you walk more which is good for your health and it’s convenient in that you don’t have to worry about parking or traffic (at least not directly).

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keselowski becomes BFFs with miles the monster

I had this weird feeling while watching Brad Keselowski win yesterday’s race at Dover. It felt like the dudes in the booth calling the race weren’t all that excited by Brad’s win. I’m not saying they were rooting against him I just got this general feeling that there wasn’t a sense of “Oooh, this is interesting!” When it IS in fact interesting.

CBS show casting social media savvy sports fans for “THE JOB”

There’s a new reality show that’s specifically looking for sports fans like you. If you love sports AND social media you should apply ASAP to be on this show. I think it could be really fun and the people behind it created other popular shows like “Survivor,” “The Voice” and “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.”