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Phoenix provided Martin jump start a year ago

Hendrick Motorsports has the all-time lead in car owner victories at Phoenix International Raceway. Roush Fenway Racing is second. Mark Martin is involved in both totals.  
Martin has won two Sprint Cup races at Phoenix, 16 years apart. The first came in 1993, for owner Jack Roush. The second was last year, his first driving for Rick Hendrick. Both times, Martin ended the season with five victories. Both times he was a series championship contender, finishing third in 1993 and second last year.

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A Redskin in the Texas Motorsports HOF

As rivalries in sports go, they don’t come any more intense than the Redskins and the Cowboys. Wear your Redskins jersey at Dallas Cowboys Stadium and you better be minding your P’s and Q’s — likewise, if you show up at a game in FedEx Field with a Cowboy’s jersey.
The best advice is to lay off the beer and sit quietly. Anything less is certainly an invitation to trouble.
With this as prelude, last week’s announcement from NASCAR was a bit strange, but at any rate the honors just keep on accumulating for the owner of Joe Gibbs Racing and the three-time Super Bowl winning coach of the Washington Redskins. Even in enemy territory.
Joe Gibbs, once considered a rival in Texas, will now be hailed by the Lone Star State as he will be the latest motorsports icon inducted into the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame.
Gibbs, the owner of three Sprint Cup teams and a very successful Nationwide Series program has thus far logged three NASCAR Sprint Cup Championships (’00, ’02, ’05) to go with his three Super Bowl wins. He will be honored April 16, during the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame Gala. The ceremony will be held at the Speedway Club’s Grand Ballroom as part of the prelude to the running of the Samsung Mobile 500 on Sunday, April 18.

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Jimmie Johnson, Jimmie Johnson, Jimmie Johnson, give us a break

 It’s starting to sound as if this Jimmie Johnson stuff is wearing a bit thin — not only with the fans, but also with some of his rivals in the Sprint Cup Series.
That’s not to say there’s a lack of respect or appreciation for the unbelievable run by Johnson, who has won a record four consecutive championships and has won three of this season’s first five races. But there clearly seems to be an undercurrent of impatience regarding the possible ending of Johnson’s dominance.
Several weeks ago, current series points leader Kevin Harvick, after finishing second to Johnson, declared that his car was capable of running with the 48 team. Harvick added he was well aware of the impending challenge in his comments.
Then, the weekend before last at Bristol, third place finisher Kurt Busch lamented the familiar sight of Johnson heading to Victory Lane and mentioned that he thought good old-fashioned luck was aiding the champion’s cause. Like the four-time champion has done it with luck.
“I would rather lose to any of the other 41 cars out there than the 48 car,” Busch said. “We saw the 48 was going to be the car to beat. They are every week. It’s up to rest of us to knock him off the top, so it’s rough.

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Everything else is just a game: It’s more than just a slogan

If you have spent any time watching the Speed Channel or any of the NASCAR TV shows recently, you have undoubtedly seen the promos with the slogan, “Everything else is just a game.” Not a very original slogan, but one that has endured through the years. Ernest Hemmingway, a big fan of Formula 1 racing and bull fighting coined the phrase years ago in discussing his passion for motorsport and the blood sport of the matadors. Hemmingway wrote, “Everything else is just a game.”
It remains as true today as when the legendary writer first put his feelings about auto racing to paper. We just forget sometimes. Time passes, race follows race, we get caught up in the day-to-day problems the sport is facing. Problems like empty seats in the grandstands. Teams that are laying off employees due to lack of sponsors. Race fields being filled out with start and park cars.

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Have at it boys, It's Bristol

Have at it boys, It's Bristol
Welcome to the wild and wooly world of NASCAR 2010. The powers that be in the sport have made it perfectly clear they were men of their word when Brian France announced at the pre-season media tour back in January that racing is a contact sport.
The March 7 Kobalt Tools 500 pretty well answered all the questions about how hands-off NASCAR will be this season. You can't get much heavier than purposely — and without any pretense of “it’s just one of them racing things” — taking a driver out at 190 mph. Yet in the closing laps of the Atlanta race, that’s exactly what Carl Edwards did to Brad Keselowski.

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Heading into bye week ‘Happy’ Harvick leads the way

Editor’s Note: We are pleased to welcome Colonial Beach resident and NASCAR loyalist back in this week’s Journal. Now that spring is almost here and NASCAR interest is high, readers won’t miss getting  the real scoop on items of interest on the NASCAR races.
Kevin Harvick has ridden consecutive runnerup finishes at California and Las Vegas to the  Sprint Cup Series points lead heading into the first bye week of the season. He also came ‘oh so close’ to winning his second Daytona 500 in the season opener.  He led the most laps and seemed firmly in control most of the day, only to get shuffled back to seventh place  in the mad scramble during the final laps.   After four weeks of racing, the resurgence of Richard Childress Racing  looks like the real deal.   In addition to Harvick leading the points race, teammates Clint Bowyer and  Jeff Burton are a solid fifth and sixth place, respectively.
In addition to his strong start in the Sprint Cup series Harvick, captured the win in the Nationwide series race in California and the Camping World truck race last Saturday in Atlanta.  

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