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Kyle Busch Dominates at Bristol Once Again, Wins 2009 Food City 500

Once again, the Busch family has staked their claim to Victory Lane, reducing the act of winning a Sprint Cup race to a simple activity where the brothers take turns, like the game of Memory. At Las Vegas, Kyle Busch claimed the victory. Two weeks ago at Atlanta, older brother Kurt Busch dominated on his way to victory. This week, it was Kyle’s turn again. Kyle Busch started 19th and immediately started coming up through the field. Busch first took the lead on lap 69 from Jimmie Johnson, and from that point on, Kyle was in near complete control. After lap 69, Busch only gave up the lead during pit-stop sequences, and once right before a caution to his teammate, Denny Hamlin. Busch led a race high 378 laps on the way to a dominating victory in Sunday’s Food City 500.

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Race Season is Upon Us: Please Do Your Part

Well, fans, it’s already St. Patrick’s Day. We’re four races into the Sprint Cup Series season, and we’ve had three races each in the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series seasons. The American Le Mans Series starts up this weekend with the 12 Hours of Sebring, Formula 1’s Grand Prix of Australia is next weekend, and the Indy Racing League campaign starts the weekend after that with the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Fla.). But as you know, that is not the only racing out there. The United States (and Canada, for that matter) is peppered with various short tracks, road courses and drag strips that host weekly races. There are 28 of them in the state of New York alone, 23 of them being dirt. With the world economy the way that it is, it may be a little difficult to attend major league racing events this year. However, there are local options that are available to most fans out there. If at all possible, race fans should check out a local place at least once this season if they don’t already.

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Talking NASCAR TV: Grading NASCAR Smarts On SPEED… With This Week In NASCAR Thrown In

Greetings, race fans, and welcome to this week’s TV critique. Unfortunately, all three of NASCAR’s major touring series took the week off last weekend. This leaves me to give my opinions on some of the magazine shows on television. However, the buildup to the NCAA Basketball tournaments (Men’s and Women’s) has gotten in the way of rendering any kind of opinion on ESPN2’s NASCAR Now. This is because the show did not air in its normal time slot all week due to preemptions for live games. As a result, the critique of NASCAR Now will have to be pushed back -- possibly to Easter Weekend. With that said, I still have some things to say about some of the other NASCAR-themed shows that have cropped up this season on SPEED Channel.

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Talking NASCAR TV: Aching Over FOX’s Graphical Gremlins In Atlanta

The first thing I do on Friday afternoons is click on SPEED to check out either Cup Pole Qualifying or practice -- whatever is actually on. This past Friday was like the start of any other NASCAR weekend; but the minute I turned on the television, I immediately saw a graphical error scrolling across the screen. Todd Bodine had entered this past weekend’s Kobalt Tools 500 with the No. 35, a R&D team for Germain Racing. Well, the on-screen scroll at the top of the screen showed Bodine’s name up there -- but with the wrong number attached (Scott Speed’s No. 82). I’ve mentioned this type of an issue before occuring during Truck Series races, but I’ve never seen it transfer over to Cup. Of course, this mistake was confusing for fans, with the more casual ones having no clue what was right or wrong on TV.

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Talking NASCAR TV: My Pre-Race Cup Runneth Over — How To Fix It, And Other Vegas Notes

Greetings, race fans! Las Vegas was the first NASCAR weekend of the season with only two of its top three series competing. While the Camping World Truck Series teams took the week off and dealt with the storm that blanketed most of North Carolina with a substantial amount of snow (I got about two inches here Monday afternoon), the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series teams stayed out West for the Sam’s Town 300 and Shelby 427 events in Sin City.

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Talking NASCAR TV: Race Coverage at Fontana Improves… But Digger Still Lurks In The Shadows

Before we begin, as you may remember I was quite critical of FOX’s broadcast of the Daytona 500 -- most notably the lack of any mention of rain up until seemingly lap 85 or so. Well, I've had an email exchange with Mike Joy since then, and Joy’s take on the issue was that they didn’t want to jump to conclusions too quickly. In Joy’s own words, he said that the announcing booth "...weren’t trying to jinx ourselves with ‘what-ifs.’ [as to what might happen if the rain would shorten the race]." While not all fans might agree with that take, it's definitely a plausible explanation that makes sense. Also, Joy reassured me there was no gag order on the weather information imposed by anybody -- a fact always notable for those NASCAR fans insistent on conspiracy theories to understand.

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Great Work in the Pits Guides Matt Kenseth to His 2nd Straight Victory in 2009 Auto Club 500

For years, it seems, Matt Kenseth’s pit crew, affectionately known as the “Killer Bees,” has been considered to be the best pit crew in the Sprint Cup Series. Tonight, they proved it. Kenseth greatly benefitted from the speed of the Killer Bees on pit road to gain the lead back on the final round of pit stops under the caution at lap 210. From there, Kenseth held off the advances of Jeff Gordon to win the Auto Club 500.

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Talking NASCAR TV: SPEEDing Through 2009 Daytona 500 Week in 3,000 Words or Less

Now that Speedweeks at Daytona are over, it is time to look back and reflect upon what we have seen, and what we have been provided for our viewing pleasure by NASCAR’s media partners for Speedweeks (FOX, Speed and ESPN2). Before I begin, I should state this. Speedweeks is supposed to be the most important time of the year in NASCAR, at least for the television partners. This is because the races at Daytona during Speedweeks are the biggest events of the year for each series that races. This includes the ARCA Re/Max Series that had their season opener back on February 7, in addition to NASCAR’s three national series. As a result, telecasts of said races should be held to a greater standard. It is to this standard that I have to critique the broadcasts.

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Matt Kenseth Scoots in Front Just in Time to Win 2009 Daytona 500

Matt Kenseth entered Daytona winless in his last 36 starts. That winless streak is now history. Kenseth passed Elliott Sadler in turn 3 on lap 145 for the lead under threatening skies. Half a lap after the pass, the yellow came out for a crash involving the No. 98 of Paul Menard and the No. 31 of Jeff Burton. During the caution, the heavens opened up, and the race never restarted. After less than 15 minutes, NASCAR called the race at 6:48 p.m. with 152 laps (380 miles) completed. Kenseth was thus declared the winner of the 51st Daytona 500.

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