Sports Columnist at Orlando Sentinel and NASCAR writer for Tribune Co. Advocate for foster kids/Alzheimer's Disease. Ghost-writer I Am Duran

IndyCar should follow NASCAR's lead on safety — THERE SHOULD always be teachable moments after a tragedy. IndyCar Racing is at that crossroads, much like NASCAR officials were in early 2001 after they buried their iconic hero, Dale Earnhardt. They zipped to it, fastidiously, making significant changes that included mandatory head-and-neck restraints.

Dueling Earnhardts will race in Richmond — There will be dueling Earnhardts at Richmond. Jeffery Earnhardt is going to make his Sprint Cup Series debut Sept. 12 th in the last race of the regular season. Driving under the Go Green Racing banner, Earnhardt will run alongside his uncle, Dale Earnhardt Jr.

A Million Miles From Lovetron — Darryl Dawkins Now Flashy Minor-league Coach Lovetron is a galaxy far away, a fading memory that loses its celestial sparkle as the years go by. Its inhabitor's world has been defined by the emptiness of lost potential, an unfulfilled legacy he bears as he steps on the shattered glass and shattered dreams of yesterday.

NASCAR mourns loss of IndyCar driver Justin Wilson — The NASCAR Nation mourns one of its fallen brothers. Justin Wilson wasn't a NASCAR guym but he was still family. Wilson, an IndyCar racer, died Monday, a day after he was struck by debris, suffered a severe head injury, and lapsed into a coma.

Jameis Winston looks strong, runs for TD, in Bucs victory over Bengals — TAMPA -- Are the Tampa Bay Bucs Super Bowl favorites yet? Did anyone pay attention to the Monday Night Football smackdown of the Cincinnati Bengals? Most importantly, did you see the nice work put in by rookie quarterback Jameis Winston?

Evaluating NASCAR's Chase format: what works, what doesn't — Brian France is big on winning. "We are not satisfied that we have the exact balance that we want with winning, consistency, points and running for a championship," NASCAR's chairman said in January 2014. "We think we can make some tweaks that continue to incentivize risk-taking and racing harder and so on."

Deflategate drama between Tom Brady and Roger Goodell is wearing thin — Do I look smaller to you these days? Sadly, it's true. I'm deflated over deflategate. Will it ever end? Who will cave first - Roger Goodell or Tom Brady? Can't we just settle the score like they do in Fight Club, mano a mano?
Aug 19, 2015

Deflategate drama between Brady and Goodell is wearing thin. Agree @realOBF?

Clemente 30 Years After His Tragic Death, The Influence Of Baseball's First Hispanic Superstar Is Stronger Than Ever. — Remembering The Man His legacy resonates everywhere, from sandlot fields in Puerto Rico where children hit tin cans with sticks to lavish major-league stadiums where his proteges play for multimillion-dollar paychecks. Roberto Clemente is a ubiquitous presence in baseball, a player who fought gallantly to cut through racial lines with a prideful and defiant touch.

Danica Patrick announces new NASCAR sponsor — The GoDaddy girl is on a health kick next season. Danica Patrick announced Tuesday that Nature's Bakery, the maker of flavored fig bars , will replace GoDaddy as her primary sponsor on her No. 10 car next year. Stewart-Haas Racing co-owner Tony Stewart and Nature's Bakery founders Sam and Dave Marson joined Patrick in Kannapolis, N.C.

Tony Stewart lawsuit piles on the pain — Tony Stewart finished last at Watkins Glen this weekend. It was a sad and lonely place to be, reflective of the personal and professional struggles of a man we call "Smoke." A cynic would suggest all there is left are "Ashes." It's been a rough ride of late.
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Sep 02, 2015

RT @TKras: Let's get it on! Catch yours truly tonight on Press Box at 7pm & 11pm on @BHSN with @realrockriley & @georgediaz!…

Sep 02, 2015

I'll be talking Bucs, Knights, Joe Maddon Tebow and more with @TKras and @realrockriley at 7 2nite on Press Box @BHSN. Check it out!

Sep 02, 2015

My, my..looks like Mrs. Brady is taking the #FreeBrady campaign to heart..wonder if Jimmy G is her backup?…

Sep 02, 2015

That Kentucky Clerk denying marriage licenses to gays must have used up her allotment on her 4 marriages...

Sep 02, 2015

@joeberk I wasn't giving NASCAR a pass by any means. IndyCar (F1) need to evole (and continue to) as all racing gruops should.

Sep 01, 2015

Katrina survivors find hope — and homes — in UCF rebuilding project

Aug 31, 2015

Goodell and Brady need to man up and settle #deflategate now! My suggestion #FightClub

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