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From Yellow Lines to Yellow Flags

"Last week’s Voices From The Heartland":https://frontstretch.com/jmeyer/24043/ dealt with NASCAR’s proclivity for allowing drivers to qualify below the (double) yellow, out of bounds line at Talladega. Some readers understood where I was coming from ... and some did not. Well, let’s hope you all understand this week’s yellow colored rant. Even if I have briefly touched on it in past columns, the problem still remains, and unless the fans keep – well – bitching about it, nothing will be done. This week, I want to take a look at the "Lucky Dog" rule, as well as NASCAR’s insane insistence on allowing lapped cars to restart up front with lead lap cars after a yellow flag.

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Fanning the Flames: Appreciating NASCAR’s Spring Slate

I always look forward to the month of May. Spring is upon us, the fish are biting, the weather is absolutely beautiful, the mosquitoes aren’t too bad just yet and the NASCAR circuit hits its grandest stretch of racing all season. Talladega in late April is followed by Richmond, Darlington and the two weeks in Charlotte. It has a very nostalgic feel for me — old school tracks that continue to provide great racing — at a time when it sometimes seems we visit the same 1.5-mile concrete slabs week after week. If the season of Spring is a time of rebirth, then the month of May is a time of renewal for this stock car fan; the love of a sport is realized once again as familiar old stomping grounds make their annual appearances. It’s a varied mix of tracks with a distinctly regional feel packed into a genial month that seems to pass all too quickly.

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Frontstretch Fantasy Insider: Taming the Lady in Black

_There aren’t many places where every driver, not just the rookies, is told “race the track, not the pack.” But that’s the only means of survival at Darlington Raceway, a unique combination of rim-riding and abrasive asphalt that’s among the most grueling 500 milers on the Sprint Cup circuit. The track itself may be Too Tough To Tame, but fantasy racing this egg-shaped circuit is no problem for the Frontstretch Fantasy Insiders. Read on to find out which drivers have the inside track to surviving the difficult track conditions they'll face on Saturday night._

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Mirror Driving: Does TV Owe NASCAR Underdogs? Grading The Childress Crew Swap, And Nationwide Surprises

*Kyle Busch scored his 50th win NASCAR Cup, Nationwide and Truck competition with last weekend’s two victories at Richmond. Busch says he wants to get to 200 to “beat” Richard Petty's mark. Can he get there?* Kurt: Well, does that really count? I was thinking that isn't a fair comparison. That said, it's too early to tell; but if anyone, can it's Kyle. Beth: Right, it's way too early to make that call. And besides, I wouldn't count it unless it was 200 Cup wins. Jeff: I agree — you need 200 Cup wins to beat the King.

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Top Ten “Bromances” In NASCAR

_(Wikipedia defines a bromance as a "close, but non-sexual relationship between two men, a form of 'homosocial intimacy'" -- as mentioned in "Phil Allaway’s rundown":https://frontstretch.com/pallaway/24129/ of last weekend’s broadcast.)_ *10.* Teresa Earnhardt and her 100 percent of nothing. Oh yeah, there is Chip Ganassi in there too -- with Felix Sabates watching. (I guess, since Teresa is a girl, it would be a "gromance?") *9.* Anyone in the media center and the late, great David Poole. *8.* Kyle Busch and Kyle Busch (this is more likely a full-fledged romance).

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Crown Royal 400 at Richmond Edition

Watching the running order during Saturday’s Richmond race was similar to watching a yoyo go up and down. Pit strategy, brake wear, copious amounts of cautions, timely adjustments, and good ol’ fashioned hard-nosed racing worked in harmony to jostle both the running positions and the points standings all throughout Saturday night’s event. In comparison to the race a week and a half ago at Talladega, there may not have been an underdog winner or a series of spectacular crashes, but the numerous swaps for the lead and the constant side-by-side racing back through the pack kept its flame of excitement alive.

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Side By Side: Will Dodge Return To NASCAR In 2010?

*Today's Question: With Chrysler filing for bankruptcy, their racing division was quick to reaffirm they'll be involved in NASCAR for the foreseeable future. But with the company's fate now in the government's hands, will they let it happen -- or will Dodge wind up pulling out of the sport following the 2009 season?* Bryan: The last thing the Obama administration is going to do in trying to restore Chrysler to its stature as a viable, red-blooded piece of American industry is to make a spectacle of squashing the company’s involvement in motorsports. What’s the point of celebrating “Yes, we can build American cars” if “No, we can’t race American cars?” Tom: Let's not forget this manufacturer is just one year removed from missing the Chase altogether. So, while losing Dodge is painful, it's not like they have a powerhouse brewing within NASCAR ... and that makes cutting the cord that much easier for a company that's going to be looking to save money any way it can.

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Numbers Game: 2009 Crown Royal Presents The Russ Friedman 400 at Richmond

2 Drivers failed to qualify for the Crown Royal Presents The Russ Friedman 400. (No. 64 Todd Bodine, No. 06 Trevor Boys) 2.751 Kyle Busch‘s margin of victory over Tony Stewart in Saturday’s Crown Royal Presents The Russ Friedman 400. 3 Number of times winner Busch led the Crown Royal …

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Five Points to Ponder: 2009 Crown Royal 400 at Richmond Edition

*A Busch birthday* On a magical night for NASCAR’s brightest young star, Kyle Busch blew out 24 candles and picked up a Sprint Cup trophy in the same day, becoming only the second driver to accomplish such a feat. The birthday win puts him in a league with only Cale Yarborough, but its significance is even greater when you look at the numbers. At exactly 24 years of age, the flamboyant Vegas native is now the youngest driver ever to record 15 Sprint Cup wins, and is at a total of 50 victories across the sport’s top three series.

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