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Return Of The Forgotten Busch Brother

After an almost inexplicable collapse in the Chase last year, one that was largely due to mechanical failures rather than driver errors, Kyle Busch in 2009 has reverted to being the dominating force he was in 2008. Once again, the driver of the 18 car has been making noise that cannot be ignored, scoring more than a quarter of the top series’ wins thus far and telling reporters he may challenge the King someday in total wins with his victories in the other two series. And along with his racing success comes his cocky, unrepentant, and daring attitude. Kyle is refreshing or offensive, but he’s never boring. It’s easy to watch Kyle Busch race and conclude that there aren’t many that can keep up with him when his car is right. It’s easy to see him win race after race and think him destined for all-time greatness in this sport. It’s even easy to watch Kyle Busch and ask, who can beat this kid? But Kurt’s still the Busch with the Cup on his shelf.

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Driven To The Past: Darrell’s Cheap Battery

Some of the good memories and stories come from experiences off the track. This one has to do with a show car... We used to make an effort to bring all kinds of show cars to Indianapolis in the week prior to our Busch Series race at Indianapolis Raceway Park. That might sound easy now, but this is in the days before the Brickyard 400, and Indianapolis wasn’t always the preferred destination. The summer that "Days of Thunder" was released, we managed to get four or five show cars and put them in front of theaters, suitably accompanied by posters for the Kroger 200 (Bob Daniels, our GM, never missed a chance). I even took one of those standups of Darrell Waltrip and pasted a Kroger 200 poster over the Tide box he was holding.

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David Starr Driver Diary: Rain Delays and New Opportunities

I’ve been very busy since the last time I updated you. Not only have I been busy working with my HT Motorsports team and David Starr Racing, but I’ve also been spending a lot of quality time being a dad. Being with my son, David Starr, Jr., and my wife, Kim, has just been awesome. He is so much fun and I just enjoy being a dad. Unfortunately, thanks to a rain delay in Kansas a few weeks ago, I’ve spent a little more time away from my family then I would like. After battling with the rain on Saturday, NASCAR postponed the race, and it had to be pushed to Monday because of an IRL race at the Kansas Speedway on Sunday. When they made the call on Saturday, I went back to the hotel room and hung out. On Sunday I hung out with the team, watched the incredible Sprint Cup race at Talladega and the IRL race on TV at the hotel, and just enjoyed some time “off”.

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Ryan Newman Scores Pole in 2009 Coca-Cola 600 Qualifying

50 years of racing at Charlotte has brought millions of memories and stories for fans and drivers alike. After qualifying this Thursday, there is one more memory in the books, highlighted by Ryan Newman. Newman scored his 44th career pole with a lap of 28.651 seconds and a speed of 188.475 miles per hour.

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Blue Smoke and Burnt Rubber: Talk at the Track #6

This is C.J. Parker reporting from Raleigh Police Headquarters with breaking news concerning the disappearance of Cody Dunhurst, the 26 year old assistant to GSCA series director Stan Fielding. Miss Dunhurst has been missing since last Thursday. She was last seen at Danny O’ Flynn’s nightclub, The Double Malt Bar. …

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Grading The 2009 Sprint Cup Pack: Part Two

*Hendrick Motorsports* (Nos. 5, 24, 25, 48, 88) *Stats:* 4 Wins, 15 Top 5s, 22 Top 10s in 47 starts *Best Driver:* Jeff Gordon (1 Win, 8 Top 10s, Point Leader) Danny: They only get the minus because of Junior. Otherwise, it’s business as usual for Rick Hendrick’s fantastic four. *Grade: A-.* Tom: What they’ve done this season is so impressive, I think Junior doesn’t even matter at this point. Hendrick has formed the model of the satellite team (the way to get around a four-car limit) while drivers Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon are the ones to beat for this year’s title. Oh, and there’s a 50-year-old named Mark Martin who’s on track to win six races. What more do you want? OK, OK I hear ya Junior Nation… but if the Tony Eury, Jr. era is truly over, it’s just a matter of time before he picks it up. *Grade: A.*

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Fanning the Flames: Talking All-Stars, 600s And Lawn Mowers

*Hi Matt. So the natural question this week would be how many guys have won the All-Star Race and the Coke 600 in the same year? Just trying to keep you on your toes! Thanks!* _— Ann Florence_ *A:* Good lookin’ out, Ann. Six drivers have pulled the double, and no one has done so more than once. Six times in the 24-year history of the All-Star/600 double clocks in at just about a quarter of the time, so 2011 is the next target date

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The Jury Is Still Out On Scott Speed, A.J. Allmendinger Swap

When in the Fall of last season it was announced by Red Bull Racing that it had relieved A.J. Allmendinger of his duties behind the wheel of the Red Bull No. 84, the news was met with a considerable amount of skepticism within the NASCAR community. It made little sense to many to replace Allmendinger, especially after a drastic improvement in performance during his sophomore campaign with not just NASCAR, but stock cars as well. The news was met with even more raised eyebrows when it was clear that Allmendinger’s replacement for 2009 was a fellow open-wheel driver with little stock car experience in his own right... Scott Speed. To be fair, Allmendinger’s introduction to stock car racing in '07 had been nothing short of a disaster.

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