George Diaz

Columnist En FuegoWriter

George is a Sports Columnist for The Orlando Sentinel and NASCAR writer for Tribune Co.

He also writes occasional op-ed columns for Editorial Page. He is an advocate for foster kids/Alzheimer's Disease. And he loves Boxers (the dog).

Recent Articles

  • Kurt Busch wins crash-marred Daytona 500

    Kurt Busch wins crash-marred Daytona 500

    Once the carnage clears, historians will document the 2017 Daytona 500 by the pieces of sheet metal scattered throughout the iconic superspeedway. Checkers, wreckers, and rubberneckers driving close to 200 miles an hour, causing all sorts of craziness at Daytona on Sunday afternoon. From the chaos...

  • Jimmie Johnson has nothing to prove in bid for record-breaking eighth Sprint Cup title

    Jimmie Johnson has nothing to prove in bid for record-breaking eighth Sprint Cup title

    Go ahead and say it. Jimmie Johnson doesn’t care. You know. The V Word. Vanilla. Bring it, baby. “I don’t give a [bleep] anymore,” Johnson said earlier this week, sitting pretty outside his motorcoach at Daytona International Speedway. Johnson always  has been kind of an acquired taste for a noticeable...

  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. revives racing career on his own terms

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. revives racing career on his own terms

    The world is no longer a blur to Dale Earnhardt Jr. despite the demands of a job that call for driving nearly 200 miles an hour occasionally. There were times over the last year he only saw darkness, a wobbly self of the man he once was, of everything that defined his existence. All he had to do...

  • Johnson wins record-tying seventh NASCAR championship

    Johnson wins record-tying seventh NASCAR championship

    NASCAR’s Mount Rushmore is three-fourths complete: Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt, say hello to Jimmie Johnson. Johnson joined the two biggest names in NASCAR history as seven-time Cup season champions on a night where the fortuitous heavens parted, beckoning Johnson to join the cool-kids club....

  • Jimmie Johnson gets shot at record-tying feat

    Jimmie Johnson gets shot at record-tying feat

    Jimmie Johnson, nice guy. Vanilla, not like one of those cool chocolate-swirl flavors. It’s his scarlet letter in the NASCAR Nation, which sometimes looks at him as if he came from another planet. He was born in El Cajon, Calif., the state that spawned all those beatniks who love sipping on their...

  • It's all fun outside the cars before NASCAR drivers begin final Sprint Cup chase

    It's all fun outside the cars before NASCAR drivers begin final Sprint Cup chase

    None of the NASCAR Chase contenders threw a chair at one another Thursday afternoon. You rock, sportsmanship and civility! A reporter at NASCAR’s Championship 4 news conference referenced the recent UFC 205 media spectacle, when Eddie Alvarez and Conor McGregor got into a chair-tossing spit-spat,...

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