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Bubble Breakdown: Brian Vickers Digs Out Of A Hole, While Jamie McMurray Digs Himself One

Five teams and drivers worked their way into the Top 35 after the first five races of 2008 to displace those struggling organizations. Who were they, and which cars are now on the outside looking in? Let's take a look as we switch from the 2007 to 2008 owner points while looking back on Bristol.

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Happy Hour: The Best Ad Campaign in NASCAR History

It all started when UPS signed the deal to sponsor Dale Jarrett in Robert Yates' No. 88 car before the start of the 2001 season. In one of their first commercials, UPS immediately begins to try to persuade Jarrett to race in a standard UPS delivery truck, assuring him, "If you cross the finish line in the big brown truck, there won't be a dry eye in the place!" Dale refuses, and keeps refusing, despite the pressure from UPS people, kids in the mall, Jackie Stewart, and apparently, everyone else in the known universe.

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Rick Crawford Driver Diary: Fiery Crashes and Rock n’ Roll Revivals

We ended last time by starting at Daytona. We were ready to go racing. Daytona Speedweeks is always exciting. It's always great to be at the world center of racing. Leading up to the race, the Circle Bar Truck Corral Ford F-150 was running great with Ford Power Stroke Diesel by International. We got ready to qualify, and qualified a little bit better than we expected because the truck that we took to Daytona is really good in race trim, and we knew how good it was. At the beginning of the race, I sort of got boxed in and there was no where to go. The inside line I was in sort of pushed me toward the back, so we hung around there for a little while. At Daytona, with the intake reducer on it, the racing is really close there for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series so at the beginning of the race we just kind of let the ranks get sorted out. That's not necessarily my style, but we did.

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Fanning the Flames: Speed = Distance Divided By Time

Q: Glad to see that the drivers are speaking up about the Carl Edwards infraction. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Elliott Sadler and others were vocal in their opinions that Jack Roush and Edwards were not being forthright concerning their knowledge of intent about the oil box lid. Maybe NASCAR telling the guys that they could show more personality is actually working. In the past, drivers merely gave canned answers so as not to rock the boat. This infraction has brought about a much more decisive reaction and pointed comments out of some.

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Side-By-Side: Is It Time For Goodyear To Have Some Competition?

Today's Question: In light of complaints leveled by several NASCAR drivers this week, Goodyear is on the hot seat following the race at Atlanta. This isn't the first time the tire company has come under fire in recent years; with that in mind, is it time for another manufacturer to be allowed to supply tires within NASCAR? Or has Goodyear proven they deserve to continue on as the sole supplier for the sport?

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Mirror Driving: Toyota Triumphs, Penalties Confuse… And Hendrick Heartache?

Toyota broke through with their first Sprint Cup win as a manufacturer on Sunday. What else can we expect from them throughout 2008, and how will the other three go about stepping it up?

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Top 10 Nice Things Tony Stewart Could Have Said About Goodyear, Re dux?

Author's note: Ladies and Gentlemen, as you read today's Top 10, dated March 12th, 2008, you may feel a slight sensation of deja vu. Do not be alarmed! You are not stuck in some twisted NASCAR version of the movie Groundhog Day. But then again, maybe we are! It is very hard to tell with such things. Believe it or not, what you are about to read was originally published March 13th, 2007! Why, you may ask, are we bringing it up again? Well, it seems Tony Stewart went on the same tire tirade last year at this very time! Perhaps it is time for Tony to get a new publicist; or maybe, this is a sign that "the more things change, the more they remain the same," especially in NASCAR.

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Thompson in Turn 5: 5 Good NASCAR Role Models

It seems like every couple of weeks during the season, the headline the day after a Sprint Cup event announcing the race winner is shared by either the newest physical altercation, one driver "trash talking" another, or unnecessary rough driving being committed by a competitor. Although I do believe NASCAR attempts to keep behavior at an "acceptable" level, I am not naive enough to understand that the sanctioning body knows a little public controversy can be good, as long as people spell the name right (note to the stick and ball reporters out there: it's spelled N-A-S-C-A-R). Anyways, as long as I hold onto that belief, it makes it easier for me to understand why the sport does not put a stop to about 90% of such shenanigans. It certainly is not because they the sport is helpless to reign in their "bad actors." We all know they can do that! But still…they don't. And judging by Brian France's comments in January, in which he claimed the sport "needed to get back to its roots," I don't expect that to happen anytime soon.

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