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DEARBORN, Mich. Discount Basketball Shoes . -- Joey Logano couldnt have had a bigger smile on his face Wednesday as he drove a restored 1914 Model T around the Ford Motor Company grounds.He joked about racing the train that transported visitors. He took the turns carefully to prevent a rollover. He seemed like a guy without a care in the world, cracking up with every push of the pedal even if max speed was 30 miles an hour.But come Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway, he will fire up for a ride much more bumpy and one that could generate much fewer smiles at close to 200 miles an hour. He enters the Chase for the Sprint Cup, which for the third consecutive year will feature an elimination-style format.If anyone knows just how crazy and out of control the Chase can get, its the 26-year-old Logano. Last year, Logano wrecked Matt Kenseth while going for the win at Kansas Speedway even though Logano already had won a week earlier and was guaranteed a spot in the semifinal round.A few weeks later with Kenseth not having advanced, a nine-laps-down Kenseth -- angry at Logano teammate Brad Keselowski -- pile-drove Logano into the Martinsville Speedway wall. Kenseth was suspended for two races. Logano didnt advance to the final round.NASCAR chairman Brian France created the rules for the Chase, in some ways, to have those types of moments, stirring emotions. The first two years of the elimination style formats have seen fights outside the car (Kenseth-Keselowski, Jeff Gordon-Keselowski to name a couple) as well as that on-track drama.Hopefully Im done with that [drama], Kenseth said last month when talking about the Chase. Hopefully it will be just nice and calm. Everybody is happy.Yeah, right. The rules werent designed for Kenseths happiness.Logano was happy Wednesday. Whether that happiness stays or not, he cant predict. But he knows in a format in which four drivers are eliminated every three races -- race-winners of each round and those best in points advance -- that the formula heightens emotions and intensity.Some people have a pretty uneventful 10 races, Logano said. Some people have an over-eventful 10 races. Ive been on both sides of that.If I look at two years ago when we got to Homestead [Florida], it was very uneventful, we won one race throughout the Chase, we kind of did our thing, we were under the radar and we found ourselves racing for a championship. Last year, we won three races and found ourselves in the middle of everything and we didnt get to Homestead.While he said he learns something every day from his experiences and hopes to put that into use, Logano is more focused on this year than thinking about what went right or wrong a year ago.When a driver puts on a race helmet, the idea is to win the trophy.You have to do what you have to do for your team and then you worry about the repercussions later, 2014 Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick said. Obviously with Joey and Matt last year and the repercussions, probably Joey having the best car and ending up not winning the championship, there is a lot of things to balance.But when youre in the car and in competition and kind of in that mode of really going after it, its hard to think about those things.Logano has long been on record that he has no regrets. His job remains to win races.Its a race, Logano said. Its not just one race. Its 10 races. A lot of times, you dont have time to think about repercussions or anything. You go out there knowing the job at hand and you just get the job done.We all sign up for a job. Its my job to make it happen.Did Logano think he got the job done last year?I think so, Logano said. Hey, we raced hard. We won races. We were fast. We learned a lot. Thats success. We learned about a lot of things -- we learned a lot about our race team and [are] proud of that.I feel like were stronger this year because of it.Kenseth and Logano werent alone in their drama last year in the Chase. Harvick shoved Jimmie Johnson with a closed fist after the Chicagoland race opened the 2015 Chase.Its designed for chaos, Johnson said. This format creates that. ... Honestly, just the way we race has changed so much over the years from the Mark Martin ways of pointing somebody by and it will come back to you later in the race.You never do that now. You race the fire out of the guy next [to] you. It just is how it is. The culture is changing. The mindset is changing.That culture, Kenseth said, doesnt necessarily come with the Chase. He said he sees it during the regular season.I dont feel like anybody is going to dump you and wreck you on purpose for a win necessarily because it is going to advance them to the next round if theres still a couple of rounds left unless its the same guy who would do it [in August] at Bristol, Kenseth said.I dont know that it is any different. Maybe it is. Maybe Im na?ve.So what happens over the next 10 weeks? Any chance of it being calm?Anything is possible, Keselowski said. Id have to see it first. I dont think its made to be calm. Basketball Shoes From China . -- Aldon Smith believes he is on the path to being sober for good. Cheap Basketball Shoes China . 8 Kansas to a 64-63 win over Texas Tech on Tuesday night. The freshman from Vaughan, Ont. https://www.cheapbasketballshoesstore.com/ . LOUIS -- Lance Lynn was one of the more enthusiastic participants as the St. ATLANTA -- Dwight Howard watched Kent Bazemore choke up with emotion and soon did the same.Returning to Atlanta means a lot.My prayers are answered, Howard said. Im home. Im with my family, so thank you.Howard has a new team, a new jersey number and a fresh start in his hometown.After five mostly disappointing years with Houston and the Los Angeles Lakers after leaving Orlando, Howard says this time will be different. Atlanta is where he belongs.The Hawks hosted a homecoming Wednesday for Howard, a three-time NBA and welcomed back Bazemore at a youth recreation center in southwest Atlanta where Howard grew up. The gymnasium was packed with children, family members and friends.This was all about a new beginning for Howard, who has switched his number from No. 12 to No. 8 for biblical inspiration. In the Bible, number eight signifies resurrection and regeneration. Howard says the number will motivate him as he gets in shape and changes his outlook on life this summer.One of the things biblically is the purging of the heart and throughout the years there are things that have happened behind closed doors that it really hardened my heart towards different situations, Howard later told reporters. I really have to purge my heart and come at basketball in a different manner. I was very upset with how things turned out and what people were saying. I hardened my heart towards everybody.Orlando drafted Howard No. 1 overall out of Southwest Atlanta Christian School in 2004. He became one of the NBAs elite big men over the next few years, leading the Magic to the 2009 NBA finals and ranking first in rebounds for five seasons and ranking second in another.But Howards time in central Florida ended bitterly after a falling out with coach Stan Van Gundy. He joined Kobe Bryant for one difficult season with the Lakers and slipped occasionally into mediocrity over his last three years with Houston.The Hawks, who have signed him to a three-year, $70.5 million contract, believed the time was right to bring Howard aboard.He can have a huge, positive impact, coach and team president Mike Budenholzer said. He can take us to another level if he and everybody are kind of playing annd understanding their roles. Basketball Shoes Online Store. We feel like it can be special.Budenholzer doesnt seem concerned that Howard is step back offensively compared Al Horford, a longtime fan favorite who left in free agency for Boston.Budenholzer compared Howards inside presence somewhat to retired San Antonio center Tim Duncan. Howard doesnt have Duncans or Horfords shooting touch, but Budenholzer said Howards 6-foot-10, 265-pound frame is ideal for what the Hawks want to accomplish on both ends of the court.Hes more of a traditional center, Budenholzer said. Its been clear hes been one of the top defenders in our league for a long time. Offensively, hes somebody whos a presence inside, whos putting pressure on the rim whether it be in pick-and-rolls or post-ups. It will probably be something more like what San Antonio had for the majority of time I was there as an assistant coach.Bazemore, whos played the last two seasons in Atlanta, returned to the Hawks with a four-year, $70 million contract. He visited Houston, where he said James Harden, Akeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler each made a pitch, but staying in Atlanta was his preference.Wiping back tears, Bazemore called it one of the highlights of my life to build relationships in the local community.I play for you guys every night wearing Atlanta across my chest, Bazemore told the gym. It means more than just a jersey. I feel your pain here. I love the grit that this area gives off. Coming here to talk to the kids, I was here a couple of weeks ago for the court unveiling. To see the progress theyve made over the years is what Im all about.Howard cried when it was his first turn to speak.This building is where I spent a lot of time working on my game and wanting it to make it to the NBA, Howard said. This brings back chills. This area was home for me. My school is two minutes away.Every morning at 4 a.m., my dad and my cousin were back there with me on the track, trying to make it to the NBA. Its great. A man told me, `If you want to get back to the top, youve got to go back to your roots. ' ' ' 

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