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Beyond the Cockpit: Jarit Johnson on Making It As an Independent, Family…and Cheese

Beyond the Cockpit: Jarit Johnson on Making It As an Independent, Family…and Cheese

_Making it in NASCAR isn't easy, and for Camping World East Series owner/driver Jarit Johnson, there's another, surprising obstacle: his name. When your older brother is the Sprint Cup champion, it can be hard to pave your own way in the same sport. But Johnson is trying to do just that, and without a full-time sponsor to boot as he looks to build his racing career from the ground up._ _Amy Henderson sat down with Johnson at his race shop in Mooresville, North Carolina, for an extended discussion on what it takes to field a team, run a successful fabrication and cooling system business, and raise a family. As Johnson shows here, he may sound like his brother (they could probably play some serious phone gags), but he's his own man, and one determined to forge his path against the odds._ Read More »

A Thousand Or A Million: Johnson Searching For Sponsor Dollars On His Own Merit

A Thousand Or A Million: Johnson Searching For Sponsor Dollars On His Own Merit

The shop is located in a part of Mooresville, North Carolina that is still mostly in the country, though the growth is slowly encroaching like so much kudzu, but for now, there are still pastures out here. The shop is in a modest office park-you’d miss it if you didn’t know it was there. But park at the back of the building and the sign on the door will tell you that yes, you’ve found the right place. Open the door and the foyer is…lived in. There’s no receptionist, just a few interesting artifacts that suggest that racing happens here. Poke your head into the office and you get greeted by the driver and team owner, dressed in team t-shirt, shorts, and flip-flops. The office is small and slightly cluttered in an inviting way. What hits you first is what will stay with you: _there is no pretense here_. Read More »

Big Six: Food City 500

*Who…gets my shoutout of the race?* Everybody knows he can run a road course, but the man who was introduced to Men At Work’s “Land Down Under” on Saturday night showed he could handle one of NASCAR’s toughest tracks with ease. *Marcos Ambrose* started 25th at Thunder Valley, but had a real shot at winning before the night was over. The slightest bobble by leaders Kyle Busch or Mark Martin could have handed the lead to Ambrose, who also has ... Read More »

Five Who Would Like to Forget: Who Isn’t Meeting Expectations?

Five Who Would Like to Forget: Who Isn’t Meeting Expectations?

Last week in this column, I discussed the seasons of five drivers who were having a rather unpublicized good year. But there are also drivers who, while well inside the top 35 cutoff in points, are having a season that is fraught with disappointment-the kind of year in which everyone from media to fans to your own grandmother wonders what the heck happened. The kind of season in which the silver lining is that it’s not worse than someone worse than you. Here are five drivers whose seasons have been a far cry from where their hopes stood in February. Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit: Colin Braun On the Future, Le Mans, and…Signing Babies?

Beyond the Cockpit: Colin Braun On the Future, Le Mans, and…Signing Babies?

_Colin Braun became accustomed to racing - and winning - at a young age, beginning his international career at just eight years old. He’s the youngest driver to win a major auto race on American soil (2006 Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona at age 17) and, later that year, became the youngest driver ever to have a podium finish at the 24 Hours of LeMans, finishing second in his class. This year, he added NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winner to his already impressive resume, and will take the reins of a full-time Nationwide Series ride for Roush-Fenway Racing in 2010._ _Braun took a little time out of his busy schedule last week to talk to Amy Henderson about his racing accomplishments, as well as his future in stock car racing with one of the sport's most successful organizations._ Read More »

Big Six: Carfax 400

*Who…gets my shoutout of the race?* Sometimes it’s not about being the fastest or having a brilliant pit strategy that nobody else can figure out, or outsmarting another driver in the last turn. Sometimes it’s just about patience and knowing that you don’t have the car to win, but if you position yourself in the right place at the right time, you have a chance. That was exactly the way *Jeff Gordon* drove the race, and it paid off with ... Read More »

Diamonds In the Rough: 5 Drivers Having a Great 2009, Not That You’ve Seen It On TV

Diamonds In the Rough: 5 Drivers Having a Great 2009, Not That You’ve Seen It On TV

NASCAR broadcasts these days are, as many fans complain, not exactly equitable in how they dole out airtime to drivers. While one guy (you fill in the name) will be on TV throughout the broadcast no matter where he is running, another (fill in that guy too) might be having a great run-and you hardly see him. At the end of the race, when they show the results, you look and think, ‘I had no idea.’ Sometimes it seems as though that scenario is a microcosm for NASCAR as a whole. Some guys make the news because they are running well-while others are exceeding expectations and you hardly hear a word about it. A few actually get more press for running bad than some of the frontrunners. There are a few drivers who have very quietly put together decent seasons without fanfare. They all might not make the Chase, but all things considered, are having much better seasons than the press (or lack thereof) suggest. Check out these five hidden gems, who are quietly putting together a better season than some who make the news (but shall remain nameless). Read More »

Big Six: Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips At the Glen

*Who…gets my shoutout of the race?* Predictable? Probably. But how can you not be impressed with the run *Marcos Ambrose* put together at the Glen? After having the fastest car in final practice and winning the Nationwide Series race, Ambrose drove an underfunded, underpowered racecar to a second-place finish on Monday, showcasing his considerable talent against the likes of Tony Stewart and other Sprint Cup frontrunners. An underdog from Down Under…and fun to watch! *What…was THAT?* Is it just me, ... Read More »

McMurray At A Crossroads With Miles To Go

McMurray At A Crossroads With Miles To Go

The year is 2002, and there is buzz in the then Busch Series garage and among fans about a 26-year-old driver seemingly in the fast lane to the top. By season’s end, he looks to be proving to all takers that he’s worthy of the talk--he’ll end up with a pair of wins, and will finish in the top 10 over 40% of the time. He’ll also finish sixth in points and win in a then-Winston Cup race as well, in only his second start as a fill in for the injured Sterling Marlin. In fact, his first Cup win will come before his first Busch Series win. He is a sponsor’s dream, a genuinely likeable young man with a floppy bowl haircut and an easy smile. Everyone likes him because of his outgoing personality. There seems to be no limit to where this young driver will go, and after he wins Raybestos Rookie of the Year honors and finishes 13th in points in the Cup series in 2003, now driving for a brand-new Cup team with a new and extravagant owner in Chip Ganassi while winning two more Busch Series races on a limited schedule, his future seems written in stone. Read More »

Big Six: Allstate 400 at the Brickyard

*Who…gets my shoutout of the race?* A fraction of a mile per hour cost *Juan Pablo Montoya* the chance to become the only driver to win both the Indianapolis 500 (a feat which he accomplished in 2006) and the Allstate 400. Montoya, who is Earnhardt-Ganassi racing’s only real Chase hope, had a dominant car all day long and was driving like a championship contender until a speeding penalty ended his chances to win. Still, Montoya showed that his learning curve ... Read More »