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Beyond the Cockpit: Ricky Taylor on his 2012 Season, Surfer’s Paradise, and the Future

_For 23-year old Ricky Taylor, things are looking pretty decent. Entering Lime Rock, he had won two races (the rain-shortened event at Homestead, and at New Jersey Motorsports Park) and two poles (New Jersey and the short course at Watkins Glen). Recently, Taylor took a break from his busy schedule to sit down with our own Phil Allaway._

Phil Allaway, Frontstretch.com: Can you give our fans an idea of what it’s like to drive around [Lime Rock] in the wet?

Ricky Taylor, driver, No. 10 SunTrust Racing Chevrolet Corvette DP: It’s a handful. It’s a lot of work. There’s not a lot of runoff here, and when you do go off, it’s all grass, which gets super slippery. So, the margin for error is really small. The track isn’t very wide, so there isn’t a lot of room to explore different lines. [As a result], you’re stuck on one line. If that line is super slippery, then you’ll have to deal with it. You have to be very sensitive with the throttle and the brake. You have to be very precise with all of your movements with the car.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Kansas

Admit it. You laughed when you heard people say that Kansas would be the “wild card” in this Chase. Well, we don’t think that the mechanics back at the shop are laughing now — especially those fabricators charged with rebuilding sheet metal. Heck, even the car in Victory Lane was damaged after Sunday!

Matt Kenseth’s Ford, its chassis bent and bruised had what amounted to a “Kansas stripe” in Victory Lane but still took home the trophy anyway in this race of survival.

Logano Is The Whammy While Bad Production Decisions Hurt ESPN

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday, where race telecast criticism is our grandmaster plan. This past weekend, the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series were each at Kansas Speedway for a cavalcade of wrecks, and some racing as well.

However, before we start, there are a couple of motorsports-related news bites that must be mentioned. On Friday, the ARCA Racing Series announced that they have reached a multi-year agreement with Fox Sports Media Group to continue airing a minimum of ten races a year on SPEED and/or Fox Sports 1 through at least 2014 on a live or same day, tape-delay basis. This decision shores up the deal for a series that just a little while ago appeared to be falling off of television as a result of the changeover.

Kenseth a Kansas survivor in crash-filled race

By Jeff Wolfe Matt Kenseth seems to have the skill of taking a less than ideal situation and turning it into a pretty good one. Earlier this season, it was announced that the NASCAR Sprint Cup driver would be leaving the only team he’s known, Roush Fenway Racing, for Joe Gibbs Racing next season. Still, …

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The Critic’s Annex 101- Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Grand Sport at Lime Rock

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to the Critic’s Annex, where we take an additional look at motorsports-related programming. This past weekend, SPEED televised tape-delayed coverage of the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge’s season finales at Lime Rock Park, which were originally run on September 28 and 29. Due to the 1.53 mile configuration of Lime …

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Beyond the Cockpit: James Buescher On Starting Out, Moving Up, and Title Hopes

_The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is immersed in a tight championship battle, with James Buesher and Ty Dillon at the forefront, each battling for his first series title. Buescher knows how intense the heat of the battle is; he was a contender in 2011 as well, finishing third–could that, along with his four wins, give him the edge this year? Buescher was in Charlotte last weekend, racing in the Nationwide Series, and he took some time to sit and chat with our Amy Henderson to discuss his beginnings as a hobby racer, growing up on the track, racing smart in the championship hunt…and much more._

ESPN Brings Some Boring Telecasts from Charlotte

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday, where race telecast critiques are the name of the game. This past weekend, the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series each raced at Charlotte Motor Speedway. A nice home game for most.

However, there is TV rights news that must be mentioned before we start. “The Sports Business Journal is reporting”:http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Journal/Issues/2012/10/15/Media/NASCAR-TV.aspx that FOX has officially re-upped with NASCAR. The extension is eight additional years, beginning in 2015 at a cost of slightly over $2.4 billion. This allows FOX to keep rights to the first 13 point races of the Sprint Cup season, the Budweiser Shootout, Budweiser Duels, Sprint All-Star Race and the Camping World Truck Series. It’s currently unclear whether the current amount of programming will remain, or if the potential re-branding of SPEED would affect it in any way.

It’s another walk to Victory Lane for Bowyer

By JEFF WOLFE Clint Bowyer doesn’t care how he gets to Victory Lane, even if it means going by foot rather than car. Bowyer won the third time this season in a fuel-mileage saving effort to take Saturday night’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It was Bowyer’s eighth career win and significantly …

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Dakoda Armstrong Driver Diary: Sponsors, Championship and Football

Just days after our last diary, I was released from ThorSport Racing. I knew we didn’t have all of the season funded and we were trying to work on it. It just got to the point where it’s hard to get more sponsorship in the middle of the year. We got to a point where we needed to hire the rest of the guys on the team and write their contracts out for the rest of the year and we couldn’t commit. We only had enough for one more race and that’s how the deal with Turner came about. Instead of just dragging it out for one more race, everyone wanted to get ready to do their own thing. I guess it worked out up there because there were some of the guys that got new jobs, so a lot of my guys got to go to the No. 88 or the No. 13; that was good.

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