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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2008 All-Star Race at Charlotte Edition

With $1 million on the line Saturday night, drivers and fans got a glimpse of what just may happen when points are up for grabs at the Coca-Cola 600 this weekend. While the annual Sprint All-Star event, traditionally run on the weekend prior to Memorial Day, may be an altogether different animal -- it's a 100-lap sprint compared to the longest race on the NASCAR schedule -- many teams still view the event as an extended test session. Because of that, don’t be surprised if some of the stronger cars last week will be up front once again, putting what they learned to good use late Sunday night.

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Behind the Scenes in NASCAR: Who Are All Those Guys?

It’s not often that we see them on camera; like a rare bird, they dash out of shot, intent on accomplishing the task at hand. But that doesn't stop our curiosity; instead, we sit at home and wonder why they’re there. What do they do? Is it really important? The fact is, our heroes, the drivers of NASCAR, wouldn’t be able to go anywhere without them. These people are the teams, crews, and support staff for the Sprint Cup circuit.

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10 Points To Ponder… After The 2008 All-Star Challenge at Charlotte

1. No Problem, Ron – Sprint Cup Series point leader Kyle Busch ended his six weekend streak of winning a race – somewhere and in some type of car or truck. The Las Vegas native won the pole positions at Lowe’s Motor Speedway for both the Craftsman Truck Series North Carolina Education Lottery 200 and the Sprint Cup All-Star Race, but did not visit Victory Lane in either contest. In the All-Star Race, Busch appeared to be the driver to beat as he dominated the early going, but encountered engine problems before the end of segment two, relegating him to the 24th and final position in the running order. Busch also dominated the CTS event, leading 86 of the first 105 laps on the night; however, with just 29 laps remaining in the contest, reigning series champ Ron Hornaday and Busch made contact, requiring NASCAR’s hottest driver to pit twice for repairs and dash his hopes for a victory. Said Hornaday, a three-time CTS champion; “I got loose and got into him. He got the short end of the stick.”

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Happy Hour: Don’t Worry About The Wins – An Open Letter To Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Dear Dale Earnhardt Jr. I’m writing to congratulate you on your terrific season so far. Smile, dude… Jeff Gordon would love to be in your position right now. Still, I’m sure you grow weary of the press harping on that zero in the win column. Just this week alone, Pete Pistone of Racing One wrote a piece entitled "Still in Search of Victory Lane." Buddy Shacklette’s column "Jr. Nation Appears Alive And Well" mentions the streak is now 72 races. Even our own Tom Bowles pointed out the Richmond incident that's kept you winless in 2008. If you listen to much of the racing press, your season so far has been a failure.

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David Reutimann Driver Diary: The Family Ties That Bind

It was a tough day this past week during the Nationwide [Series] testing at Charlotte. We tore up a really good racecar, which is unfortunate. I am OK, but I feel bad for the guys back at the shop. The good thing though is that is really the only negative thing that has happened to us recently, as our season is really shaping up the way we knew it would.

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Fanning the Flames: Be Careful What You Wish For… Like It Or Not, NASCAR Personality Is Back

Q: Hi, Matt! Sorry about the lost wages on the Derby. I was in the same boat. My question centers around another great racing tradition: The Indianapolis 500. Scott Dixon wins $100,000 for sitting on the pole, which is mind blowing if you think about it. Daytona qualifying is like Indy in that it is a complicated process that seems to drag on. But I’ve never heard of a dollar amount attached to winning the Daytona 500 pole. Is there prize money to sit on the pole for NASCAR’s crown jewel?

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Voices From the Heartland: Some Plane Crash Facts NASCAR Fails To Mention

When I saw a headline the other day stating that NASCAR officials had determined it was an electrical fire that brought down a NASCAR-operated Cessna 310 on July 10, 2007 in Sanford, Fla.; it struck me as extremely odd that they would be making such a statement. For those who've forgotten, let me refresh your memory of the tragedy that occurred halfway through the year. Five people were fatally wounded, including NASCAR pilots Michael Klemm and Dr. Bruce Kennedy, husband of ISC President Lesa France Kennedy. The three other fatalities were residents of the houses that the plane struck when it went down.

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Mirror Driving: Judging The Lady In Black, Throwing Your Crew Under The Bus, And Yaw. Yes, Yaw

Darlington's new paving job produced speeds never touched before at the track, and tires held up longer than ever. Darlington stripes came back into fashion, too. Was this the best race at the track held in years, and what does it mean for the future of NASCAR's original superspeedway?

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Thompson in Turn 5: Richard Childress Rightfully A Hall Of Famer

Always a straight-shooter, but with a kind and down-home demeanor that makes the man easy to like, Richard Childress is a bonafide American rags-to-riches, couldn’t happen to a nicer guy success story. Though losing his father at the tender age of five years old and knowing poverty first hand, Childress has become unimaginably wealthy and resides in one of the most impressive homes in Davidson County. His charitable deeds and contributions to his community are considerable and are accomplished in a manner that fits his personality--humbly and with little fanfare.

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