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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2008 Sharpie 500 at Bristol Edition

Boy. is this shaping to be one heck of a Chase! The media have been trying to generate some sort of rivalry between Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch for weeks, but this week that media-generated rivalry finally came to fruition. Neither driver backed up on post-race opinions of how clean Edwards’s pass of Busch was for the win, and it appears that the feud could carry over to California this week. To see who is on the verge of breaking into the win column and who could simply go for a solid finish, check out this week’s edition of Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup.

Talking NASCAR TV: ESPN Shines Under The Bristol Lights

The script for excitement during Saturday night’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway practically wrote itself. The sports two hottest drivers, Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards, occupied the top two spots in the pack for most of the race. Edwards tagged Busch’s back bumper ever-so-slightly, clawing his way into the lead, and yanking victory away from the unflappable Busch. A frustrated Busch scraped against the driver’s side of Edwards’ car after crossing the finish line, which prompted Edwards to go into Cole Trickle-mode, spinning Rowdy out on the cool-down lap. The post-race quotes from each driver were captivating, with Edwards admitting to knocking Busch out of the way to take the lead and Busch likening Edwards to Mr. Ed… yes, that Mr. Ed.

10 Points to Ponder… After the 2008 Bristol Night Race

4. Cats Land On Their Feet… Too – Casey Mears, with just one win to his credit during stints with Ganassi Racing and Hendrick Motorsports, has been selected as the newest driver to the Richard Childress Racing stable of drivers that already includes Clint Bowyer, Jeff Burton and Kevin Harvick. How many lives does a driver have?

Bubble Breakdown: Regan Smith Builds Cushion With 14th-Place Run

Once again, the half-mile bullring that is Bristol Motor Speedway proved to be too much for the teams sitting around the bubble. Only one driver ranked between 29th and 37th finished in the top 25; and for that same group of nine drivers, the average starting position was 29th and the finishing position 31st. To add insult to injury, six of those nine cars were also involved in wrecks. With that list of poor performers, which lone driver was able to stand out and take advantage of the others’ misfortunes? Read on to find out in this week’s edition of the Bubble Breakdown.

Happy Hour: Tony Stewart & Ryan Newman Should Enjoy the Honeymoon While It Lasts

Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman were all smiles at the press conference announcing Newman’s signing with SHR. They were cracking jokes and were optimistic about the future of their new team, as most athletes are before they begin a new chapter. But soon the party will be over and the reality will set in that Stewart and Newman have committed their careers and their lives over the next few years to a very mediocre (by Sprint Cup standards) racing team who is currently scraping for occasional top-20 finishes and whose other co-owner is in jail.

Driven to the Past: An Uneasy Feeling

People seemed to get a kick out of it when I talked about being a little apprehensive (OK, scared) while working on pit road back in the day. Lemme tell ya about a day at Salem, Ind. when things happened so fast I didn’t have time to get scared. It was 1963, and I was standing on the inside of the second turn of that high-banked half-mile during the feature, when a car suddenly bounced off the outside wall and then skidded down to the apron.

Side by Side: Were The Gibbs Penalties Too Harsh?

Today’s Question: Following Saturday’s Nationwide Series event, Joe Gibbs Racing was accused of tampering with their race cars during post-race inspection. By placing magnets underneath the accelerator pedals, JGR hoped to reduce the amount of horsepower NASCAR would read off their chassis dyno as they researched whether more rules changes were needed to equalize horsepower between manufacturers. The sport’s reaction to this transgression was swift – and it was severe. Crew chiefs Jason Ratcliff and Dave Rogers have been indefinitely suspended, along with five other crew members accused of participating in the project. Both the No. 18 and No. 20 cars lost 150 championship car owner points. It was one of the harshest penalties handed down by the sport this decade; but were those penalties far too much for a scenario that didn’t occur until after the race? Or did NASCAR let JGR get off easy for a deliberate violation that – if left undetected – could have kept the sport from permanently changing the rules to level the playing field?

Fanning the Flames: Full Moon Fever Sweeps NASCAR Nation

Q: My God, just what we need: another pathetic race at Kansas Speedway, the monkeys who run NASCAR are putting a worse and worse show together, but that’s OK since the real racing (IndyCar) is gaining momentum and will feed off the moronic decisions of the woefully inbred France family and the idiots such as “Walrus” Helton, etc. What’s next? Half the Cup schedule to road courses? The only good races they run anymore besides the plate races are at the unique tracks such as Darlington, Richmond, etc. How about a race at Iowa? How about some work done to make California something more than a sleeping pill, and how about the best idea of all (way too sensible for these fools): Tony Stewart’s idea of a 200-lap dirt race at the Indy or Missouri fairgrounds with another 50,000 temporary seats brought in like they do for Indy street races. Think they would have any trouble selling that out? Wouldn’t the ringers brought in for those shows be fun?!

Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: Is Someone Else Worth Picking Over Kyle Busch & Carl Edwards at Bristol?

With so many drivers’ success or failure dependent on luck, the Bristol Motor Speedway is bound to offer you more questions than answers heading into the weekend. Will Kyle Busch continue his winning ways? Can Carl Edwards win the night race at Bristol again? Is Tony Stewart finally going to break the winless streak? Can Dale Earnhardt Jr. avoid another pit road issue? Will Jamie McMurray continue his run of strong finishes? Only this week’s Picks ‘N’ Pans will tell you which guys you should keep on your roster and which ones should be riding the bench after spending half the night with crumpled sheet metal in the garage.

David Starr Driver Diary: Exciting Changes

One of the other exciting things that has been happening recently, as far as our Red Horse Racing team, is that we may finally be getting close to a possible second Craftsman Truck Series team. While there hasn’t been an announcement yet, it’s been no secret that we have been trying to expand our organization. Rick Gay has been hired by Red Horse Racing, and while he’s already a huge help for our No. 11 team, he has also been getting people hired for the possible second team. I’m sure there will be an announcement pretty soon, but right now they are just trying to get everything in place and situated. It’s a cool thing for me because I’m excited to have a teammate, and I think it’s going to be awesome for everyone at RHR.

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