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Six things overshadowed in drive for six

Six things overshadowed in drive for six

November 12th, 2013 10:45 pm by Jeff Birchfield

There were six major storylines overshadowed by Jimmie Johnson’s drive for a sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup championship and the trouble by nearest challenger Matt Kenseth this past weekend at Phoenix.

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Johnson back in familiar spot in Chase bid

Johnson back in familiar spot in Chase bid

November 5th, 2013 7:38 pm by Jeff Birchfield

Jimmie Johnson has the best statistics of any NASCAR driver at Phoenix International Raceway, but the oddly shaped 1-miler was the track that wrecked his championship hopes a season ago.

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Championship shapes up to be a two-man race

Championship shapes up to be a two-man race

October 22nd, 2013 6:38 pm by Jeff Birchfield

Many NASCAR observers have been saying for the past three weeks that it’s a two-man race for the Sprint Cup title. They appear to be right.

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Football at BMS? Let the whining begin

Football at BMS? Let the whining begin

October 15th, 2013 7:55 pm by Jeff Birchfield

As soon as the news of a UT-Virginia Tech football game at BMS leaked last Wednesday, some fans of other schools took to the internet to lampoon the idea.

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Smith doesn’t take no for an answer

Smith doesn’t take no for an answer

October 14th, 2013 5:51 pm by Jeff Birchfield

Fifteen years after floating the idea of a college football game between Tennessee and Virginia Tech at Bristol Motor Speedway to the public, track owner Bruton Smith's dream became a reality on Monday.

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Ford second as dust settles on elite field

Ford second as dust settles on elite field

October 8th, 2013 8:14 pm by Jeff Birchfield

Science Hill grad Jensen Ford finished runner-up at the FasTrack Racing Series World Championship last Saturday in West Virginia.

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Ex-Hilltopper Franklin flourishing with Colts

Ex-Hilltopper Franklin flourishing with Colts

October 5th, 2013 7:03 pm by Jeff Birchfield

Former Science Hill and Tennessee player Aubrayo Franklin has started all four games at nose tackle for the Indianpolis Colts this season, and has nine tackles, easily on pace to beat his total each of the past two seasons.

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Wife’s advice pays off for Force

Wife’s advice pays off for Force

October 1st, 2013 9:41 pm by Jeff Birchfield

"I talked to my wife and she said you need to get back to winning because winning fixes everything," John Force said.

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Gibbs team flexes muscle early in Chase

Gibbs team flexes muscle early in Chase

September 24th, 2013 5:27 pm by Staff Report

Two weeks into the Chase and Joe Gibbs Racing clearly looks like the organization to beat. Matt Kenseth, in the No. 20 Toyota, has won the first two races, at Chicagoland and Loudon, with his teammate Kyle Busch the runner-up each time.

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Drivers say Richmond was extreme case of rule bending

Drivers say Richmond was extreme case of rule bending

September 17th, 2013 9:35 pm by Jeff Birchfield

Regan Smith and Trevor Bayne believe NASCAR is on the right track to restore fans’ faith in the sport after one of its most embarrassing weeks ever.

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