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Keepin’ it Short – Where the rubber meets the dirt

The technical inspection process in short track racing can be as extensive as a complete autopsy or as casual as a wink and a wave. One thing is for certain: the more the purse money goes up, the more thorough the inspection process. In the world of dirt racing, most of the tech inspections involve …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2012 LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at Loudon

Loudon is one of those racetracks, like Darlington, where the view from inside is vastly different from what you see on TV. With the tight confines in the corners, there is nearly always some hard racing somewhere. Plus, it’s one of those tracks that separate the best from the rest because it’s one of the most difficult on the circuit, and the driver is a more important part of the equation than at most tracks, which is something most fans have said they want. It’s a unique track, a flat mile, vastly different from the other two mile tracks on the schedule, Phoenix and Dover. Since renovations several years ago, there is passing.

The Big 6: Questions Answered During the 2011 Summer Off-Week

After a continuance was granted, Kyle Busch will face the charges on August 23. Busch was charged with reckless driving after driving at 128 mph on a rural road with a posted speed limit of 45. If convicted, Busch could face up to 60 days in jail along with having his North Carolina driver’s license revoked for up to one year. NASCAR does not require a valid driver’s license to compete, so such a suspension would not affect Busch’s ability to race.

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2011 Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at Loudon

*Who…gets my shoutout of the race?*

It was a particularly tough choice this week as drivers battled back from spins and mechanical issues to pull down top finishes, but one driver avoided the drama altogether to simply be there at the end. As he has done so often in his career, *Bobby Labonte* used patience, skill, and experience, to finish seventh, his second top 10 of the year and first since finishing fourth in the Daytona 500. Today’s run was vintage Labonte as the driver flew under the radar to steal a top spot when it counted.

Driven to the Past: “Deliberate” Cautions?

Amid all the discussion about NASCAR’s perceived “invisible” debris cautions, or cautions for debris that wouldn’t really affect the race, one of our Frontstretch writers raised a question a couple of weeks ago. The writer asked whether the rest of us thought one particular driver might have deliberately spun out another to get a caution …

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Driven to the Past: Just What Is Stock?

That UPS commercial with David Ragan pulling a couple of trailers in the racecar, drove me back to the past on Sunday. We had a series in the 1970s we called the “Amateur” division at the old Fairgrounds Motor Speedway in Louisville. Nowadays they’d be called “Bombers” or “Slammers” or something like that. Anyway, it was what (also …

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Driven to the Past: Something Really Different…

When I did a column mentioning some indoor venues I’d worked, it was all about cars – TQ midgets indoors, and even ASA late models in the Pontiac Silverdome. Back in the early 1980s, however, I got asked to help out with something that took me way off my beaten path. Big Ed Beckley, who billed himself as …

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Driven to the Past: What a Lot of People Are Missing…

Gonna do something a little different this week. In addition to being entertaining, one of the things a columnist is supposed to do is to make you think. My compatriot Amy Henderson did that for me earlier this week with a column about the K&N Series, and why people should watch it even if NASCAR isn’t paying attention. …

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Jarit Johnson: Kicking Off 2010, 1 Big Project & 2 Easter Egg Hunts

We had everything put together for Greenville-Pickens. We pretty much had a new car to go down there with, and off the trailer we were pretty good. In the first practice we were fifth to eighth. In the second practice the track got a little bit greasy and we fell off a little bit. We …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Why Fans Should Watch the K&N Pro Series – Even Though NASCAR Isn’t

The racing is perfect. The schedule is great, and the tracks on the schedule are varied and exciting. There are haves and have nots, but money doesn’t always guarantee success. The sanctioning body is fair and consistent most of the time. Teams can be competitive on a modest budget. This may sound like a fantasy …

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