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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: So Where Did It Start?

There’s been some off-and-on discussion on a couple of message boards I
frequent about just where stock car racing got started.

It all began when a very intelligent and history-conscious poster offered
the opinion that it was a myth that stock car racing began with bootleggers and
moonshiners in the southeast after World War II. He pointed out that it existed
in various other parts of the country for some years before that catastrophic
war.

Driven to the Past: That Certain “French” Driver…

“Caution is out. Debris.” Every race fan, especially those watching the event on television, hates to hear that. And, sometimes we get a little miffed to find out it’s a piece of cellophane and is out of the groove. I agree with everyone who says that the TV people should show the debris whenever possible, …

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Full Throttle: An Abundance of Talent & a Lack of Funds

As the 2010 racing season continues to wind down and teams and fans look towards what next year has in store, there is one theme that seems to be running rampant through the racing news of late: the struggle for funding is taxing more than just the Cup Series and it is signaling a disturbing …

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Driven to the Past: Thinking Outside “The Box…”

You hear a lot about this article’s title nowadays in racing, people saying, “You’ve got to think outside the box.” Has “the box” changed or what? What’s new about this theory? People like Smokey Yunick, and later Junior Johnson, Gary Nelson, Ray Evernham, Chad Knaus, etc. have been doing it for years. Drives the NASCAR …

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