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5 Points to Ponder: 2009 NASCAR Off-Weekend Edition

How’s Jimmy Fennig’s Job Security? Four races into 2009, it’s safe to say that David Ragan’s season has been among NASCAR’s biggest disappointments on the track thus far (sans Mark Martin). The Cup circuit’s most improved driver in 2008 has struggled since a top 10 in the rain-shortened Daytona 500, with no top 10s and …

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It’s Not a Sport, It’s a Business: The Start & Park Phenomenon Threatening NASCAR’s Future

At Fontana just a few short weeks ago, millions of NASCAR fans everywhere breathed a sigh of relief. After offseason talk there wouldn’t be enough teams to fill the field in each of its top-three divisions, the Cup, Nationwide and Truck series divisions all had enough cars to fill an entry list for the second …

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Kurt Busch Dominates 2009 Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta, Tires Tough on Many

HAMPTON, Ga. – Kurt Busch must have been watching his brother Kyle Busch drive Saturday, because Sunday’s Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway resembled the prior day’s Truck race in many ways. Many cars went down a lap early, there was a big wreck, the few competitive cars put on a good show at …

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Concern Shifts from Engines to Tires at Atlanta

HAMPTON, Ga. – The start to the 2009 season has been marred with a rash of engine failures that has not been seen in some time, a trend that has become all but a consensus headline through the first three races. But none of that seems to be phasing any race camp, or any driver …

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Is 2009 the Re-Emergence of NASCAR’s Single-Car Team?

Editor’s Note: Jeff Meyer is on vacation this week. Look for him to return with a brand new edition of his usual Voices sarcasm next Thursday. In the meantime, Bryan Davis Keith fills in. Bill Elliott dominated the headlines for much of Speedweeks with his performance in the Wood Brothers’ No. 21 at Daytona. Regan …

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10 Points to Ponder: 2009 Shelby 427 at Las Vegas

Kyle Busch Still the Driver to Beat Daytona was just a minor hiccup: the No. 18 team is back with a vengeance in 2009. Las Vegas native Kyle Busch won the pole this weekend, only to have to start at the back after an engine change. Nonetheless, Busch methodically made his way back to the …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Sam’s Town 300 at Las Vegas

The Nationwide Series doesn’t tackle the high banks of Bristol until March 21. Apparently that message didn’t get through to the drivers Saturday. The Sam’s Town 300 in Las Vegas opened with four wrecks in the first 28 laps, becoming a demolition derby that featured 12 cautions and two red flags while ending with only …

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Nuts for Nationwide: 75,000 Eye-Openers, Plus 12 More at Fontana

While Saturday’s Stater Brothers 300 at Fontana was a snoozer of a race, it was nonetheless an eye-opening weekend for the Nationwide Series. First off, I have to concede to the advocates of the Auto Club Speedway that they did an admirable job in improving attendance for the Auto Club 500 on Sunday. While a …

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