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Shakedown Session: Bristol’s Backwards Mentality: Lodging Up, Attendance Down, Mistakes All Around

For years, the true Taj Mahal of motorsports was the night race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Getting a Bristol night race ticket five years ago was about as likely as Dolly Parton taking Dollywood out of Pigeon Forge. It wasn’t unheard of for Bristol night race tickets to be contested in divorce cases! The action …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2011 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma

Employing strategy similar to the Penske Racing cars, David Gilliland had to scratch and claw for his 12th-place result at Infineon. Gilliland ran in the top 10 much of the afternoon and held off stiff challenges from Juan Pablo Montoya and others to score a commendable top-15 effort. This track has been good to Gilliland in the past, with a second-place finish back in 2008. With a solid effort today, he gives his Front Row Motorsports team a bit of breathing room in the Top-35 owner points battle.

Shakedown Session: NASCAR’s New Kid on the Block

NASCAR fans have seen more than their fair share of developmental drivers come and go. For every Trevor Bayne that gets discovered, there’s about 10 Ryan Hemphills who don’t break through to the next level. And when Kyle Busch Motorsports signed 23-year old Shinnston, W.V. native Josh Richards, most casual fans were left scratching their …

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Shakedown Session: Should Jeremy Mayfield Give Up?

Depending on one’s viewpoint, Jeremy Mayfield is either a misunderstood conspiracy victim or he’s an attention-seeking compulsive liar. There is no middle ground nowadays, with Mayfield’s seemingly endless crusade to clear his name from drug use forcing an opinion one way or the other. Nearing the two-year mark on his case, it’s had more bizarre …

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Running Their Mouth: 2011 Budweiser Shootout at Daytona

It’s the most original commentary you’ll ever find: the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of the drivers, crew members and car owners themselves. This week, here’s a sneak peek at what they all were thinking following the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway.

*Best Quote*

_”This is an unbelievable way to experience Victory Lane at Daytona, and this is a great way to start the new season. It was really about the teammate of the day — Jamie McMurray. I can’t thank him enough [for the push]. All the credit goes to him. At the end, I wanted to give those guys [Newman and Hamlin] a hard push, as I figured Hamlin would split with Newman.”_
– _Kurt Busch, race winner_

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