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Winners and Losers from Sunday's STP 400 at Kansas Speedway (BleacherReport.com)

BY JERRY BONKOWSKI (FEATURED COLUMNIST) ON APRIL 21, 2013 Joe and J.D. Gibbs may be upset that three of their team's race cars were torn up in wrecks in Sunday's STP 400 at Kansas Speedway, but any frustration was quickly erased when Matt Kenseth crossed the finish line with his second win of the season for Joe Gibbs Racing. On the flip side, Kenseth's teammate, Kyle...
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April 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Remembering the Way a Tough Cop Helped Make Kansas Speedway Safer (BleacherReport.com)

Kansas Speedway (Getty Photos) BY JERRY BONKOWSKI (Featured Columnist) Kansas Speedway will be one of the safest venues in the U.S. this weekend, and it won’t be just because of the tragic Boston Marathon bombings on Monday. While there may be a slight upgrade because of what happened in Boston, a large law enforcement presence involving a number of local, state and federal agencies and a
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April 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Ranking the 11 Most Intelligent Drivers in NASCAR Today (BleacherReport.com)

Two of NASCAR's most intelligent drivers, not to mention boss and employee, Tony Stewart and Danica Patrick.(Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) BY JERRY BONKOWSKI (FEATURED COLUMNIST) ON APRIL 9, 2013 A few weeks back, I put forth a list of what I believed to be the 11 most intelligent crew chiefs in NASCAR today, ranked in order. Reader response was fantastic—as were reader comments, which I
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April 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Ranking the 10 Most Fearless Drivers in NASCAR Today (BleacherReport.com) BY  JERRY BONKOWSKI  (FEATURED COLUMNIST) ON MARCH 7, 2013 Even their cars look fearless.Todd Warshaw/Getty Images Trying to pick the most fearless drivers in NASCAR today is pretty easy: just look for the guys who don't take any crap from anyone else. They'll stand up for themselves...
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March 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Police and NASCAR officials try to restore order after the pit road brawl afterClint Bowyer's crew members attacked driver Jeff Gordon(photo courtesy Getty Images). NASCAR: No Other Way to Say It -- Jeff Gordon Was Mugged by Clint Bowyer's Crew (BleacherReport.com) BY  JERRY BONKOWSKI  (FEATURED COLUMNIST) ON NOVEMBER 11, 2012 There is no other way to say it...
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November 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Police and NASCAR officials try to restore order after the pit road brawl afterClint Bowyer's crew members attacked driver Jeff Gordon(photo courtesy Getty Images). NASCAR: No Other Way to Say It -- Jeff Gordon Was Mugged by Clint Bowyer's Crew (BleacherReport.com) BY  JERRY BONKOWSKI  (FEATURED COLUMNIST) ON NOVEMBER 11, 2012 There is no other way to say it...
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November 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Brad Keselowski may be ready to pick up where Tony Stewart left off last season (Photo: Getty Images). NASCAR: Could Brad Keselowski Be This Season's Tony Stewart? (From BleacherReport.com) By Jerry Bonkowski Plus seven. Minus two. Minus seven. That equals a 14-point swing in the standings for Brad Keselowski over the last three Sprint Cup races, going from being No. 1...
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November 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Check out Harvick video, plus catching up with y'all

Yes, I know I've not updated this for quite a while again -- after promising I was going to be more astute at keeping up with things. It's not to say I haven't been busy, because I have -- boy, have I ever. I rejoined BleacherReport.com in late July as its lead NASCAR writer and featured columnist. I've been averaging about 3-5 columns per week. By reader response...
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September 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Jimmie Johnson Wins Brickyard 400 in Indy; Is a Sixth Sprint Cup Title Next? (BleacherReport.com)

By Jerry Bonkowski INDIANAPOLIS—As if winning a record-tying fourth Brickyard 400 wasn't enough of a kick in the pants to his 42 other competitors, Jimmie Johnson saved the best—or worst, depending upon your perspective—for after Sunday's race. With nearly a five-second margin of victory and having led 99 of the race's 160 laps, Johnson was so dominating that his...
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July 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Aiming to Fix Past Mistakes In Brickyard 400 At Indianapolis (BleacherReport.com)

By Jerry Bonkowski      INDIANAPOLIS -- He's won at some of the sport's largest and most popular venues, including Daytona, Talladega and Texas.    Yet Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been a conundrum throughout Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s career, with just two top-10 finishes in 12 starts.    But given the outstanding and consistent season he's had thus far in...
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July 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Gordon not giving up on Chase hopes (WRALSportsFan.com)

By Jerry Bonkowski INDIANAPOLIS -- No one has to tell Jeff Gordon what he has to do. He's well aware that he needs to win at least two of the next seven races, a stretch that begins with Sunday's Brickyard 400 – and that still may not be enough to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Should Gordon miss the Chase for the Sprint Cup, it would be for just the second time...
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July 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Tight Security Helps NASCAR Events Stay Safe (WRALSportsFan.com)

By JERRY BONKOWSKI Friday's early-morning shooting tragedy in Aurora, Colo., where a dozen people were killed and 70 others were injured by what appears to be a crazed madman, got me thinking. While I'm not trying to be a Monday morning quarterback, but in a state that still grieves the 1999 Columbine High School tragedy, how can someone reportedly wearing a bulletproof...
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July 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Oh, Deer!

Many of you have written, texted and tweeted because word got out about my run-in with a deer early Sunday morning on my way back from Kentucky Speedway. The one good thing is I'm okay. The deer, on the other hand, not so good. It was a young male buck with developing horns. Luckily, I hit him on an angle, so it was more of a glancing blow. Had it been one second later, the front end would
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July 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Kenseth: What We Get, What We Don't Get (MOTORSPORT.com)

Matt Kenseth is heading somewhere after this season – rumored to most likely be Joe Gibbs Racing – although no official announcement has been made yet. I get that. But what I don't get – and I'm betting there's a lot of people wondering the same thing – why would Roush Fenway Racing make the announcement at this time? Kenseth is the Sprint Cup Series points...
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June 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Can Kenseth still win Cup title this year? (WRALSportsFan.com)

By Jerry Bonkowski Tuesday morning's announcement that Matt Kenseth and Roush Fenway Racing will part ways at the end of this season is a real head-scratcher and leaves nothing but lots of questions and few answers in its wake. Why would Jack Roush part ways with his most veteran driver? Why would Kenseth want to leave a place that has been his only home for all but one of...
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June 27, 2012  |  Discuss

We're coming back!

Hi everyone: Trading Paint IS coming back. We have some exciting new plans that you'll start seeing in the next few weeks. First of all, we'll catch you up with all the columns and stories I've done for WRALSportsFan.com, Motorsport.com and The Sports Xchange. We'll start adding links to those past stories in the next few days. Second, we're going to start increasing...
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June 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Wrong Kind of History Made at Daytona

By Jerry Bonkowski DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – What was supposed to be a historic Daytona 500 for one reason wound up being historic for something entirely different. Instead of watching Danica Patrick’s Sprint Cup debut on Sunday, we’ll have to wait for that until Monday, as for the first time in its 54-year history, the Great American Race was postponed due to weather. NASCAR...
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February 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Patrick's NASCAR Fortune Can Turn With One Race

By Jerry Bonkowski WRALSportsFan.com columnist DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – “I know it’s not going to be easy.” Spoken numerous times over the last three months, those words have proven nothing short of prophetic by the person who uttered them, namely one Danica Patrick. While her shift from Indy Car to full-time status in NASCAR for 2012 has been highly anticipated, it’s started...
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February 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Will 2012 Finally be Carl Edwards' Year?

By Jerry Bonkowski DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Carl Edwards does not forget his roots. Less than 10 years ago, he was a nearly broke substitute teacher in Columbia, Mo., as well as a reserve sheriff’s deputy. He basically did whatever he could to earn money to support his dream of one day becoming a professional race car driver. “At the time I’d have given anything for someone...
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February 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Junior, NASCAR Both Benefit When he Wins

By Jerry Bonkowski WRALSportsFan.com columnist His is a household name if you’re a NASCAR fan (whether you like him or not), particularly the “Junior” at the end of it. His late father was one of the sport’s all-time giants and died in one of its most tragic crashes. His face, the number 88 on the side of his race car and the sponsors that pay big bucks to be on that same...
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February 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Breaking Down the 2012 Daytona 500

By Jerry Bonkowski DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Tony Stewart has won just about everything there is to win in NASCAR, including three Sprint Cup championships. But one major prize continues to confound and elude Stewart, that of winning the sport’s biggest race, the Daytona 500. He’s won 17 races across several different series at Daytona International Speedway over the years, but never the Great
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February 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Twin 150 Duels Put On a Great Show

By Jerry Bonkowski DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – In the annual renewal of love and hate in one of NASCAR’s most fickle pair of races – otherwise known as the Gatorade Twin 150 Duels qualifying events for Sunday’s Daytona 500 – there once again was plenty of both celebrating for four drivers in particular and heart wrenching disappointment for six others Thursday at Daytona International...
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February 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Top 25 Storylines for NASCAR in 2012

By Jerry Bonkowski WRALSportsFan.com columnist DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – One of the most-used phrases in NASCAR is “in the blink of an eye,” and nowhere was that more exemplified than the way the 2011 Sprint Cup season ended. Who can forget the thrilling battle during the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup between Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards? It truly indeed ended in the blink of an eye when
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February 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Tony Stewart: Is it his Time to Finally Win the Daytona 500?

(Photo courtesy Getty Images/NASCAR) By Jerry Bonkowski DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Tony Stewart has pretty much seen it all in his long and illustrious racing career. From the time he started racing karts, then sprint cars, midgets, Indy cars and ultimately stock cars, Stewart has won numerous races and championships. But nothing can compare to the way Stewart captured NASCAR’s Sprint Cup
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February 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Is 2012 Finally Going to be his Year?

By Jerry Bonkowski DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The years have continued to change, but the question – actually three of them – remain the same for Dale Earnhardt Jr. The first question is the biggest one of all: Is this year Earnhardt finally earns his first Sprint Cup championship, the one that his millions of diehard fans have waited for over 12 agonizingly long years to happen...
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February 22, 2012  |  Discuss
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