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Rick Crawford Driver Diary: Drag Racing, Sweet Trucks & Toyota’s Secret

We had a solid top-five run at Bristol. It was exciting to run there, especially on the new pavement at Bristol Motor Speedway. Well, actually the new concrete rather. Let me rephrase that. It’s a new concrete surface. Bruton Smith and all the staff at Bristol Motor Speedway did a terrific job designing the new …

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Voices From the Heartland: In This Age of “Perception,” DEI is in Intensive Care

In this ever increasingly mixed up world, a world where perception seems to be valued over truth, the entity known as Dale Earnhardt Inc. (DEI) is in dire need of serious medical attention. Pronto. The biggest wound that DEI has suffered in 2007 is, of course, the well-documented divorce and subsequent family tiff that ultimately …

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2007 Sylvania 300 at Loudon Edition

And then… there were 12. Now that the field for the Chase has been decided and headed for Loudon, all the questions of who will make it in and who will fall out have been answered. But plenty of questions still remain ahead, especially for fantasy team owners. Normally, there are a few drivers who …

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Thompson in Turn 5: Give Credit to Sprint/Nextel in AT&T NASCAR Sponsorship Resolution

“I hold in my heart the belief that reasonable people will come to a reasonable solution, and hopefully we can get there sooner than later.” – Jeff Burton With a compromise agreement being reached last week that effectively puts to rest the ongoing legal battle between NASCAR, AT&T and Cup Series sponsor Sprint/Nextel, it appears …

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Mirror Driving: Could Earnhardt Jr. Still Make the Chase, Will Open Wheelers Ever Dominate a Cup Race & Did AT&T Get Put in Its Place?

In the midst of Dale Earnhardt Jr. overkill, the 12-car Chase field was set on Saturday night. Looking at the final list of contenders, are there any surprises?

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in the Chase: 2007 Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond Edition

Now that Dale Earnhardt Jr. watch is over, the focus over the last 10 races of the year will be on the 12 drivers making a run for the Nextel Cup championship. With his second straight victory, Jimmie Johnson put the competition on notice that they will have to take on the No. 48 team …

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10 Points to Ponder… After the 2007 Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond

1. The Dale Earnhardt Jr. 400 – Oh, you mean that wasn’t the name of Saturday night’s race at Richmond? Could have fooled me. Earnhardt’s odds of making the Chase were ridiculously slim going into Richmond, making ESPN/ABC’s singular focus on him both ridiculous and way over the top. 2. Abracadabra – And presto, chango. …

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