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Returning East, California Love from a Longtime Critic

The political science major in me has a hard time believing what I’m seeing on the left coast in 2018. Whether you agree or disagree with those populating and governing California, be it their strong challenges to federal immigration policy, their staunch campaign to maintain their autonomy in setting environmental …

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2011 Dirt Late Model Series and Track Champions from Dirtondirt.com

The folks at Dirtondirt compiled this fantastic list of Late Model dirt champions from the 2011 racing season. Thanks to Michael Rigsby and the rest of the crew at Dirtondirt.com for sharing it with us. National Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series – Jimmy Owens World of Outlaws Late Model …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2010 Meijer 300

Surprise, surprise. Joey Logano won the pole. Joey Logano won Saturday night's Nationwide Series race at Kentucky. And Cup regulars finished 1-2-3, with Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski playing bridesmaid to Logano, whose win marked the third consecutive season he's won the Kentucky NNS race from the pole dating back to his first career win. Though a few drivers were able to keep up with his No. 20 car on restarts, the long run proved to be a boon for JGR's Toyotas as Logano was uncontested coming to the checkers. Fortunately for the fans watching, both Scott Wimmer and Brendan Gaughan (who each banked top 10 finishes) were able to keep up with Sliced Bread for at least a few laps. Mike Bliss also got around the No. 20 at lap 156, but he would spin late after losing the lead, finishing 24th.

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Camping World RV Sales 200

Sometimes, going faster and winning all comes down to going a bit slower. Whether or not that was Kyle Busch’s strategy doesn’t matter, because it worked. In a performance far departed from his stretch of eight consecutive Nationwide races leading the most laps, Busch started ninth on Saturday…and stayed there for a while. Rather than embarking on a bonsai charge to the front from the first lap, Busch was patient. Running in traffic for a while, the No. 18 team made adjustments to a degree and volume not seen from them in recent weeks, turning Busch’s car from a top 5 runner to the fastest piece in the field. And, thanks to those adjustments, Busch was able to pick off teammate Joey Logano (who dominated and led the most laps Saturday) on lap 165 and drive off to score his fifth win of 2009.

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2008 Emerson Radio 250

*In a Nutshell:* The Nationwide Series took to a short track for the second time in three weeks and, also for the second time in three weeks, Clint Bowyer dominated the race. And nonetheless, for the second time in three weeks, Bowyer failed to score the win. Despite leading 195 of the 250 laps run, Clint Bowyer’s car went to the loose side late in the running, allowing fellow title contender Carl Edwards to sneak by late and score his fourth Nationwide victory of the season. Bowyer finished third, after he was passed by Scott Wimmer with less than 15 laps to go.

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Side By Side: Should A Winless Season Shut You Out Of The Chase?

*Today's Question : Heading to Richmond, we know that at least four of the twelve drivers in this year's Chase will have entered the playoffs not having won a race yet. Should a win be a requirement to be eligible to win the championship, or would it be unfair to cut off winless drivers who haven't yet earned their stripes in Victory Lane?* Bryan Davis Keith: The Chase has had many shortcomings since its inception, but its lack of focus on the Winners' Circle continues to be its biggest problem of public perception. Can you imagine the fallout from fans if we had a winless champion? There's no question that moving forward, the sport needs to change the rules to ensure this type of embarrassment never comes their way. It’s still possible for this format to make winning more important… and that's to require drivers to win simply to qualify for the Chase. Vito Pugliese: A cursory examination of the Sprint Cup standings reveals that of the 12 drivers who are currently eligible for the Chase for The Championship, five of them are winless so far in 2008. With that in mind, the obvious question has been raised -- should a win be a prerequisite for contending for the title each year? To steal a line from Juan Pablo Montoya, “Haaaellll nooo!” Long before this abomination known as “The Chase” was introduced to the fendered faithful, the Winst...er…Next…I mean, Sprint Cup was determined by a cumulative, yearlong battle royale that rewarded excellence in the form of consistency.

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: Chasing Down Your Best Bets For Richmond

Providing Hurricane Hanna doesn’t interfere with the proceedings in Richmond, the "regular season" comes to an end in the Cup Series this Saturday night. The Chase picture will be completely in focus after the checkered flag falls, but one thing fantasy owners should know is that it's already set for the majority of the field already. The challenge this weekend is for those gamers who have a borderline driver on their roster. Do they run a driver who is under intense pressure and may make a mistake, or do they run someone who is already out of contention, knowing they have nothing to be conservative about? Even for those drivers who are "locked in," the danger is that they are looking for bonus points and have nothing to lose -- so they may be involved in something because of over exuberance that ends up hurting their fantasy owners. Will this weekend cause a repeat of the Dale Earnhardt, Jr. vs. Kyle Busch confrontation from this Spring? Will the Joe Gibbs cars in general be strong at Richmond again? Can Carl Edwards knock another 10 points off of Kyle Busch’s bonus point lead for the Chase? Can Jimmie Johnson continue his strong push to the postseason? And which of these men will drive a bid into the fantasy racing playoffs of your own? Read on for this week’s Picks ‘N’ Pans to see which drivers should be on your roster and which ones should be at Home Depot shopping for generators and plywood.

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2008 Camping World RV Service 300

Kyle Busch won the pole for this race and led every lap, sans the few he fell behind during a cycle of green flag pit stops. By the end of the race, Busch had led 144 of 150 laps and went virtually unchallenged, scoring an easy seventh victory of the Nationwide Series season for his No. 18 team. Carl Edwards and Brian Vickers also fielded strong entries throughout the night, though neither driver had anything remotely in the same ballpark as Busch.

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Nuts for Nationwide: Five Young Guns That Should Be Full-Time in 2009

While Silly Season has been a hot topic on the Cup side for months at a time, RCR’s choice to release Scott Wimmer in favor of Stephen Leicht for 2009 may well mark the start of driver shuffling in the Nationwide Series. As the season begins to wind down and the series finds itself in the heat of a points chase for the first time in years, development drivers and other young talents may find themselves lost in the mix as Clint Bowyer, Carl Edwards, and Brad Keselowski duke it out for a championship. That's a shame, because there are plenty of able-bodied individuals out there just willing to get here -- five future stars that should be gracing the Nationwide Series with a full-time presence next year.

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