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My Own Checkered Flag

Wednesday March 27, 2013

After more than sixteen years at About.com sharing my passion for NASCAR my time is now up.

I would like to thank you all for your emails and blog comments through the years.  Whether you agreed or disagreed with me it was my interaction with NASCAR fans like you that made this job so much fun.  NASCAR fans are some of the nicest people on the planet.

Please check out these final words of farewell and, most importantly, thanks.

Denny Hamlin Suffers Broken Back

Monday March 25, 2013

Denny Hamlin was diagnosed with a compression fracture to the L1 vertebrae in his lower back after contact with Joey Logano on the final lap of the Auto Club 400.  Hamlin appeared to be in position to win the race when Logano got into him and wrecked both cars.

Hamlin was airlifted to a hospital near Auto Club Speedway and kept overnight.  He was expected to be released on Monday and allowed to return home.

His status for the Martinsville race in two weeks is still unclear.  I am not a doctor but given the extended recovery times that other drivers have required before being able to race again it seems likely that Hamlin will miss a few races.

Kyle Busch Wins Thrilling Auto Club 400

Sunday March 24, 2013

NASCAR fans got their money's worth at Auto Club Speedway today.    A series of late race cautions set up a thrilling finish as Joey Logano wrecked leader Denny Hamlin on the final lap allowing Kyle Busch to charge past from third to claim the win.

While this was thrilling for race fans unfortunately Denny Hamlin left the scene in the ambulance.  Logano's thoughts on the wreck?  "That's what he gets."

Logano had other problems as punches were thrown in his pits after the race when Tony Stewart took issue with Logano's driving on the final restart.

This was quite a show for NASCAR fans.

Keselowski's Top Five Streak On The Line

Wednesday March 20, 2013

2013 Auto Club 400 at Auto Club SpeedwayBrad Keselowski brings the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point lead and a four-race streak of top five finishes into Auto Club Speedway this weekend for the 2013 Auto Club 400.  Keselowski has started the season on a tear with twice as many top fives as any other Sprint Cup driver.

He will have to set a new personal best at Auto Club Speedway if he is going to post another top five.  Brad Keselowski's average career Auto Club Speedway finish is 22.8 with a career best of 18th which he posted in this race last year.

Can Brad Keselowski keep his streak alive and maintain his point lead?

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