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Voice of Vito: NASCAR’s Car of Tomorrow Helps to Provide Parity Today

While many in the media (yours truly included) were raving about Dodge’s impressive showing at the Daytona 500, many were looking to this past weekend’s Auto Club 500 in Fontana, Calif. as the true test of how the Car of Tomorrow would perform this season. The 1.5-2-mile downforce tracks make up the bulk of NASCAR …

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10 Points to Ponder… After the 2008 Auto Club 500 at Fontana

1. You’re Just Repeating Yourself! – Ahead of the running of the Auto Club 500 at California Speedway, International Speedway Corporation (ISC) announced that they had sold the naming rights to the track located in Fontana, Calif. to the Auto Club Speedway of Southern California. The 10-year deal was for an undisclosed amount rumored to …

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Rain, Sam Hornish Jr.’s Hard Hit Ruin Rookie Results at California

Rookies in the Starting Lineup: (Due to inclement weather, the qualifying order was determined by 2007 owner points) Sam Hornish Jr. (seventh), Regan Smith (17th), Dario Franchitti (26th) Unofficial Finishing Positions: Smith (31st), Franchitti (32nd), Hornish (43rd) Rookie of the Race: Absolutely Nobody. There is no way that I can assign this category to a freshman …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Change is Both Necessary & Evil in Today’s NASCAR

The winds of change have blown strong in NASCAR lately, and, judging by the uneasy grumblings, race fans don’t take kindly to change. The character of the sport has changed dramatically over the last decade, and many people are unhappy with the speed or the degree of the alterations. And, in some areas, NASCAR went …

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Happy Hour: Giving Kurt Busch His Due & Other Thoughts

Yes, it’s time I got the respect I deserve, dang it! Just kidding. This isn’t about me, it’s about the infamous, oft-maligned, so-called “arrogant punk” in the Miller Lite Dodge. I’m not certain how Kurt Busch has gotten such a bad rep. I’ve been trying to come up with reasons beyond the Jimmy Spencer feud …

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Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: So Begins NASCAR’s Task

The NASCAR Cup circuit spends nearly two weeks at Daytona each February. The 500 and the preliminary events leading up to the big race generate a lot of hype. The new season is starting and the drivers, teams and fans are excited. The media starts cranking things up after a long winter nap. And, oddly …

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Voices From the Heartland: The Daytona 500 – From Feel-Good Story to Bad Taste in My Mouth

Overall, last Sunday’s Daytona 500 seemed to go pretty well, from my standards anyway. The racing was OK, and while I do admit to catching a 60-lap mid-race nap, the ending, with the prospect of Sprint’s arch-rival AT&T-sponsored car capturing the checkers, almost made me wet my pants with delight. Fortunately for me, seeing as …

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Fanning the Flames: Casual Questions From “Hardcore” NASCAR Fans & Vice Versa

Another solid batch, guys and gals. The diversity of questions is just outstanding, so keep ’em rolling in, Thus far you all have absolutely topped yourselves from where we were at this point last season. And before we start, I just have to say that if Chubby Checker and his painted-on jeans, denim jacket and …

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