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I'm a lifelong NASCAR fan from Georgia. Lifelong only equates to 25 years, but still. I've studied the sport religiously and clung to every detail I could, and its served me relatively well, I guess.

On race day, I am as ferverent a Tony Stewart fan as you will find and even during the week I can be found on Tony Stewart fan sites and talking with other fans (or arguing with his detractors) on Twitter. He's been my guy since May of 1998. Its pretty cool to be able to say I was on Tony's bandwagon when short track fans around the country knew him well, as did the fans in the IRL (where I discovered him, obviously), but aside from his occasional starts in the Busch Series, most NASCAR fans had never even heard of the guy.

As a writer, I'm a fan of all the drivers. Even guys I don't root for on race day, I find their good points (and the faults of the guys I DO pull for) and then try to write it out to the best of whatever writing ability I may have and without bias towards or against a particular driver.

I may reference being a fan of Tony Stewart's the other guys I like (Bobby Labonte, Kevin Harvick, Mark Martin, Bill Elliott, David Ragan, Martin Truex, Juan Pablo Montoya), but I'll never write something driven by fandom. If I write it, its because as an unbiased wannabe racing writer, I believe it in my head and heart.

As a cartoonist, I try to bring humor to this sport I love and to the folks I love: race fans. I get as much out of genuine laughter at one of my cartoons (well, as long as it's at the material IN the cartoon and not at the cartoon itself) as I do out of compliments on a story I've written.

Besides NASCAR I'm a pretty big fan of the Atlanta Braves and while I have pretty diverse interests when it comes to music, my main man is John Mellencamp. I also love writing fiction, looking at pretty girls, collecting 1/64 NASCAR & Hot Wheels cars and stuffed animals, and daydreaming.

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Atlanta loses Camping World Truck date for 2013

NASCAR's third-tier Camping World Truck Series will not return to Atlanta Motor Speedway in 2013, replaced instead by a race in Canada. Third-generation racer Ty Dillon won the final truck race at AMS this past September.

Keselowski wins championship, Gordon wins race

Brad Keselowski won the 2012 Sprint Cup Series Championship Sunday, besting Clint Bowyer by 34 points. Jimmie Johnson fell out of the race and dropped to third. Jeff Gordon won the Ford 400 for his first win at Homestead and the 87th of his career.

Busch leads at lap 100

Kyle Busch complained of mechanical woes on his No. 18 Toyota Camry, but it didn't keep him from leading at the 100-lap mark of today's Ford Eco-Boost 400 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. Brad Keselowski ran eighth at the century mark.

Busch leads early, Keselowski sixth

Kyle Busch shows the early pace at Homestead-Miami Speedway, closing down what he has described as his worst season ever. Point leader Brad Keselowski runs fifth after 30 laps, well within where he needs to be to win the Sprint Cup championship.

Stewart at 500: A fan's view

Tony Stewart makes his 500th-career start this weekend in Miami, and SB Nation Atlanta's NASCAR contributor reflects on life as a die-hard fan of the man known to the NASCAR Nation as Smoke.

Nationwide team racing for Tripp Halstead

The No. 00 SR2 Motorsports Toyota driven by Blake Koch will compete in support of Tripp Halstead, the 2-year-old Atlanta boy who was injured last month by a falling tree limb

The 2012 Sprint Cup season draws to a close

The 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season draws to a close with this weekend's Ford Eco-Boost 400. Brad Keselowski holds a relatively comfortable point lead, a far cry from Tony Stewart's dramatic race and championship victories of a year ago.

Harvick wins wild race at Phoenix

In the wildest race of the 2012 Sprint Cup campaign - one that saw the point leader crash and a brawl between two rival teams - it was Kevin Harvick who got his first win of the 2012 campaign. Brad Keselowski finished 6th and took over the point lead

Gordon crashes Bowyer, ignites brawl

Jeff Gordon intentionally crashed Clint Bowyer to draw a caution flag just as Kevin Harvick was about to get to the white flag. Gordon and Bowyer's teams then engaged in a brawl after the accident

Johnson crashes on lap 235

In a stunning turn of events, championship point leader Jimmie Johnson has blown a tire and crashed on the 235th lap of the Advocare 500K at Phoenix. Johnson's Chevrolet now sits in the garage, while Brad Keselowski leads.

Busch back out front at lap 200

After fading briefly and giving up the lead to teammate Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch has his No. 18 Camry back out front in the Advocare 500K at the Phoenix International Raceway. Busch has dominated the weekend's practices and won the pole.

Hamlin assumes control from Busch at PIR

After Kyle Busch dominated the early stages of the Advocare 500K, it is teammate Denny Hamlin who shows the way halfway through today's 312-lapper at the Phoenix International Raceway. Hamlin won at PIR back in March.

Busch dominant in early stages

Kyle Busch has dominated the race weekend at Phoenix International Raceway, and that strong run has continued into today's Advocare 500 where he has led 73 of the opening 80 circuits. Championship leader Jimmie Johnson runs 13th.

Busch leads, engine woes for Truex Jr.

Kyle Busch has led every lap of the Advocare 500K at Phoenix from the pole, but one of his chief challengers is already in the garage. Martin Truex Jr. started second but engine problems have ruined his day.

Logano wins Nationwide at Phoenix, Sadler crashes

Joey Logano won the Great Clips 200 at the Phoenix International Raceway, but the big story was an accident by Elliott Sadler on lap 198 that dealt a huge blow to his championship bid.

Edwards to make 300th start

Sprint Cup star Carl Edwards makes his 300th-career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start in Sunday's Advocare 500K at the Phoenix International Raceway. The Missouri native has seen his share of highs and lows as a top-level stock car racer.

Remembering Marty Robbins 30 years later

Country and Western music icon Marty Robbins was also a stock car driver. A veteran of 35 starts in what is today the Sprint Cup Series, Robbins made his final start at Atlanta Motor Speedway on November 7, 1982, a month before his death.

Phoenix hosts penultimate 2012 Sprint Cup race

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series enters its penultimate weekend of the 2012 season with the running of Sunday's Advocare 500K at the Phoenix International Raceway. Kasey Kahne won last year's race, while Denny Hamlin triumphed at PIR in February.

The Jimmie Johnson Effect

Few issues in NASCAR are more polarizing than the success of five-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson. Some fans love it, some don't, and some completely lose their minds when discussing the 60-time race winner and his No. 48 team.

Results of Sunday's AAA Texas 500

Jimmie Johnson won Sunday's AAA Texas 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway. Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart, Clint Bowyer, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Greg Biffle rounded out the top-10.

Johnson outduels Keselowski at Texas

After a thrilling late-race duel with championship rival Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson won the AAA 500 for his 60th-career win. Johnson now holds a seven point lead with two races remaining in the 2012 Sprint Cup campaign.

Keselowski leads entering final 100 miles at Texas

Brad Keselowski has his No. 2 Dodge out front at Texas Motor Speedway as he tries to retake the Sprint Cup point lead. Jimmie Johnson has already clinched the most laps led after dominating the race's first 300 miles.

Cat and mosue game between Johnson and Keselowski

Championship rivals Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski are wrapped in a cat and mouse duel in what had been a dominant race for Johnson - the polesitter and point leader - prior to the first caution flag of the day at lap 99.

Johnson shows early pace at Texas

Polesitter Jimmie Johnson has led the opening 40 laps at the Texas Motor Speedway, holding about a three-second edge on Kyle Busch. Championship rival Brad Keselowski holds down the sixth position.

Skydiver damages Harvick's car before race

Sprint Cup superstar Kevin Harvick's No. 29 Chevrolet was damaged well prior to the AAA Texas 500, thanks to an errant skydiver's weight for his flag. It's just the latest episode in a comedy of errors that has been Harvick's 2012 season.

AAA Texas 500 television and radio information

Race eight of the Chase for the Sprint Cup and the 34th overall of the 2012 season airs Sunday on ESPN and the Performance Racing Network. Point leader Jimmie Johnson starts from the pole.

Two-man title fight entering Texas

With three races remaining in the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, the championship fight is effectively a two-man race. Jimmie Johnson carries a two-point edge to the Lone Star State, where he turned in a career-defining performance in 2007.

Johnson wins at Martinsville, takes point lead

Jimmie Johnson started from the pole, led the most laps, and won the Tums Fast Relief 500 at the Martinsville Speedway. As if that wasn't enough, the five-time champ takes over the point lead with three races remaining.

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