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Voice of Vito: Green & 13 Unlucky as Ever for Ginn Racing

At Daytona in February, Mark Martin made his debut for Ginn Racing by winning the Daytona 500... but losing the Daytona 505 by little more than one foot. Many argue that he got worked out of it by NASCAR's controversial decision to not throw the yellow flag for a crash off turn 4 until after the checkered flew. Not one to dwell on the past, Martin took the momentum from that run and put it to work, reeling off a series of impressive runs in what used to be Joe Nemechek's car. Nemechek was now driving the No. 13, a team that was hastily assembled following Martin's arrival to expand Ginn Racing into a three-car arsenal for 2007. It was a move that should have led to on-track success... if only there were the money to fund it.

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That’s History Profile: Greg Sacks

The Modified Series has produced a number of drivers over the years; Geoff Bodine, Jimmy Spencer, Ron and Ken Bouchard, and Ricky Craven to name a few. Sacks was as successful as these drivers in the early '80s, having won 17 events from 1980-1983, including the 1982 Stafford Motor Speedway track championship; the same year Bodine would win Rookie of the Year honors in NASCAR's premier division. Sacks got his break in the Cup Series by way of his father, making his start in the 1983 Firecracker 400. The under-financed effort lasted just 19 laps before the engine let go, leaving Arnie Sacks' team with a disappointing 38th-place finish.

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Voice of Vito: What’s In A Suspension?

it was widely reported all weekend long that even though Knaus and Letarte were indeed suspended, they were still at the track in some capacity. NASCAR reasoned that while they cannot be physically with their team, they are still permitted on certain track property and can remain eligible to pursue certain types of communication with their organization (namely, cell phones, IM, etc.). All this got me to thinking: what the heck is in a suspension, anyway?

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That’s History Profile: Ricky Craven

Craven began his career at Unity Raceway in Unity, Maine, where he won Rookie of the Year in 1982, following it up with a 12-win season that saw him earn track championship honors in 1983. From there Ricky would dominate at several tracks in New England before competing in the American-Canadian Tour. Craven, born May 24th, 1966, ironically shares a birthday with Muppet creator Frank Oz, the voice of Yoda from Star Wars who coined the mantra of "There is no 'Try'; only 'Do'," something Craven has taken to heart.

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What’s The Call: Are The Penalties Against Jeff Gordon And Jimmie Johnson’s Teams Too Severe?

Today's Question: Earlier this week, NASCAR came down hard on the No. 24 and No. 48 teams for failing pre-race inspection at Infineon Raceway due to fenders that fell outside Car of Tomorrow specifications, the following penalties were given out. Without question, these are some of the toughest consequences given out in recent NASCAR history. With that in mind, did the sport come down too hard on this one? Or did both teams get exactly what they deserved for breaking the rules?

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That’s History Profile: Buddy Arrington

Buddy Arrington was born on July 26th, 1938 in Martinsville, Va. No photographic evidence exists, but it is a fair assumption that there was likely a Chrysler Pentastar emblem on his crib. Mopar guys are a different bunch for sure. If there was anyone who embodied the term "Mopar or NoCar" it was Arrington. At a time when the Chrysler Corporation was circling the drain and NASCAR appeared to be legislating them out of competition, Buddy held true to his roots, and carried the torch for the Mopar faithful, after even King Richard ditched his Dodge in favor of a Chevrolet Monte Carlo.

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Voice of Vito: All That’s Missing Are Some Turnbuckles

What a reversal of fortunes for NASCAR the last couple of weeks. Daytona started off with controversy: those who broke the rules were dealt with an iron fist; punishments came out early and often for rules violations, consequences that were more severe than they've been in several years. Four crew chiefs were sent home for, of all things, creative use of duct tape, circumventing a rule that doesn't even exist. Another was sent home for the use of a substance in the fuel system that was to be disclosed later that week. We still don't know what it was, but this much is for sure... NASCAR is making it seem like they saved the world with their shocking discovery of another rule breaker.

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Voice of Vito: Salute To You III… IV… Anyone For V?

Rocky Balboa. The Terminator. The Dismembered Knight from Monte Python. The paperboy from "Better Off Dead" that wants his $2.00. Mark Martin. All five keep getting up and coming back for more punishment. It had seemed that following the fall announcement in 2004 that Mark Martin would be done competing in the Nextel Cup series at the end of 2005, that we had perhaps seen the last of the steely-eyed competitor with his trademark buzz cut, wrinkles, and ready-to-explode temporal vein. Looking more like Clint Eastwood in "Heartbreak Ridge" than the current crop of "Teen-Beat" fresh-faced drivers, Martin along with friend and longtime competitor Rusty Wallace seemed to be heading off into the sunset together, even receiving rocking chairs at one point during their "farewell" tours in 2005.

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That’s History Profile: Ernie Irvan

Irvan was born in Salinas, Calif. on January 13th, 1959. He is the son of Vic and Jo Irvan, who's family moved to California following the Dust Bowls in Oklahoma during the 1930s. Ernie's career had a rather inauspicious start before his days of driving two of the most recognizable cars in motorsports. He began racing go-karts at the tender age of nine years old. He would win the California Karting Championship when he was 15 years old, clearing the way for him to compete in stock cars. So dedicated was Ernie that he missed his high school graduation to race at Riverside, Calif. He decided to roll the dice and leave California for NASCAR country with only $700 and some tools.

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