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

  • 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,...

  • Joey Logano wins in Phoenix to advance to Sprint Cup finals along with Kyle Busch

    Joey Logano wins in Phoenix to advance to Sprint Cup finals along with Kyle Busch

    Joey Logano survived the madness and the mayhem. Matt Kenseth did not. Logano took advantage of the typical NASCAR carnage in the closing laps to win in double-overtime in the Can-Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday afternoon on a day that wasn’t nearly as kind to Kenseth. Logano...

  • Kevin Harvick preps for duel in the desert — and dangerous obstacles

    Kevin Harvick preps for duel in the desert — and dangerous obstacles

    Kevin Harvick is scary good at Phoenix International Raceway. His secret? A little Disney magic. “I went to Disney World one time and I found this magic wand,” he said, laughing, “and I wave it here.” Harvick didn’t show off his mystical prize that presumably has given him the push to win five...

  • Harvick shows off his ornery side

    Harvick shows off his ornery side

    Family dynamics are always an issue approaching the holiday season. You invite Crazy Uncle Mike over for Thanksgiving dinner and before you know it, Brother Larry takes a pumpkin pie to the face because Crazy Mike is off the meds. That’s the wholesome dynamic we see at Stewart-Haas Racing heading...

  • NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick is in a tough spot

    NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick is in a tough spot

    NASCAR’s traveling road show collects and throws out Chase postseason contestants weekly and indiscriminately. Tag, Kevin Harvick. You’re it. The 2014 Cup champion is in a precarious pickle — along with another Cup stalwart, Joey Logano — after technical difficulties at Charlotte on Sunday in the...

  • Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano enter precarious Sprint Cup playoff bubble

    Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano enter precarious Sprint Cup playoff bubble

    NASCAR's traveling road show collects and throws out Chase postseason contestants weekly and indiscriminately. Tag, Kevin Harvick. You're it. The 2014 Cup champion is in a precarious pickle — along with another Cup stalwart, Joey Logano — after technical difficulties at Charlotte on Sunday in the...

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