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While Not Required, Sportsmanship Is Still The RIGHT Thing to Do

As with any sport, game or competition in general, there are going to be high levels of emotions. That is a given, but there is a time and place for those emotions AND there are proper ways and avenues to express them too. In NASCAR, sportsmanship after a loss or wreck is not required, but it IS expected no matter who you are, how talented you are or how old you are. Anyone who chooses not to use it AND those who dismiss or defend it are just plain wrong.

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Fanning the Flames: Jeremy Mayfield’s “Dangerous Precedent” May Serve To Benefit The Sport

Anyone see where former U.S. figure skating champion Nicole Bobek was charged in a New Jersey court with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine? (Anyone care?) Wonder if she’ll “follow the dangerous precedent” set forth by Jeremy Mayfield, his appeal, and the court’s subsequent injunction? Considering she’s been retired for awhile and already in jail, I guess she has no one to appeal to — besides the court itself. All joking aside, I think we’re making a little much of the “dangerous precedent” theory.

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Blocking: It’s Just Racing!

Following last Saturday nights exciting final lap of the Coke Zero 400 from Daytona International Speedway, there has been a renewed call for NASCAR to ‘do something’ to prevent what some view as the just too dangerous practice of ‘blocking' --a driving maneuver as much a part of stock car racing as rubbing door handles is to the sport. Blocking is a practice that cannot be effectively regulated - nor should be. Interest in the issue had gained momentum following the spectacular last lap crash during the running of the Aaron’s 399 at Talladega at the end of April. That is of course when Roush Fenway driver Carl Edwards ended up in the catch-fence while attempting to prevent upstart Brad Keselowski from overtaking him for the win at the biggest track on the circuit. The wreck that ensued sent Keselowski to victory lane in a true “Cinderella story” of a win. Images of Edwards’ airborne No. 99 Ford were featured in sports and non-sports newscasts for the best part of the following week.

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Frontstretch Fantasy Insider: Cookie-Cuttering, Windy City Style

_There are few, if any, tracks on the Sprint Cup circuit as sterile as the 1.5-mile Chicagoland Speedway. The epitome of a cookie-cutter oval, there will likely be few, if any, surprises at the front this Saturday night, so make sure you leave your underdog drivers sitting on the bench. Indeed, the big names of the big teams are likely to dominate in such a convincing manner that the little guys might as well not make the trek from Daytona. Still, there are big names out there who have been unable to get a grasp on the constantly-curved Illinois circuit, so leave it to the Frontstretch Fantasy Insider to ensure you avoid these tricky gusts and wind your team’s way into Victory Lane in the Windy City._

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NASCAR News for Thursday, July 9, 2009

NASCAR Beckons 4th U.S. Circuit Court to Restore Mayfield’s Ban As reported in the Frontstretch newsletter on July 7th, NASCAR filed a motion in federal court on Monday asking District Court Judge Graham Mullen to reverse the July 1st injunction that lifted Jeremy Mayfield’s indefinite suspension from racing and allowed …

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Mirror Driving: Changing Plate Racing Rules, Mayfield’s Murky Future, And Truex’s Future Potential

*Saturday night's race at Daytona was the second restrictor plate race in a row in which the leader was bumped and sent airborne as the field came to the checkers. Should NASCAR rethink its plate-racing rules with the new car?* Vito: No. Drivers should think twice about turning right on a track where all of the turns are left. Jeff: Agreed. Beth: Yeah, Kyle maybe should have thought twice before he drove down to block.

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Top Ten Similarities Between Brian France & NASCAR and Michael Jackson & Neverland Ranch

*10.* Their "hay day" has long past. *9.* Both have produced an occasional "Thriller," but not very often. *8.* Unless there is a tragic fire, both will be the same color when they die/died (DYED?). *7.* The tower Brian lives in is exactly the same color as Michael’s skin.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Daytona Summer Speedweeks Edition

The July 4th bash at Daytona International Speedway literally ended with a bang, as Kyle Busch’s attempt at blocking Tony Stewart from taking the race win sent him bouncing off the frontstretch wall. While the finish stole the headlines, the plights of Chase-contending drivers permeated other post-race storylines. Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya, Kasey Kahne, Mark Martin, David Reutimann, Jeff Burton, Clint Bowyer, and Brian Vickers now sit in spots 11th thru 17th in points, and _all_ of them were involved at least somewhat in wrecks or spins Saturday night. At the same time, the race atop the point standings opened up, as Tony Stewart took the checkered flag and Jeff Gordon got caught in the first “Big One” early in the race. The ability of drivers in this wreck-filled race to bounce back into contention is a major factor in determining this week’s *HOT*, *WARM*, and *COLD* drivers.

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Maybe Mastercard Has It Right: The Value of Going to the Track

Each year, I look at the renewal forms for the race tickets and grimace. You have to admit... it all adds up, especially since the expenses don't stop with the Sunday ticket. If you’re going to drive all that way with the trailer, you’re going to buy the Friday ticket, the Saturday ticket, and the camping spot, too. By the time you’ve filled out the form and totaled up the cost… well, it starts to feel like one of those Mastercard commercials. The sensation doesn’t diminish with time, either. As we pull into the rather tight camping spot, unfurl the flags and try not to hit the neighbor’s slide-out with our awning, the zeroes that we added to the end of the check for the tickets always come back to haunt us.

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