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Brendan Gaughan Driver Diary: The Rock, Family, And Downtime

We used the time off to do some testing. We did one of our official tests at Texas Motor Speedway. Shane and I know each other pretty well, so when we were trying to decide where to go test, we just looked at each other and went, "Texas." It's been a while since I've run well there, and that was big. Then, we had a surprise 70th birthday party for my dad. It was funny, because right before we sprung it on him, he looked at my mom and said, "I'm so glad you didn't throw me a $%#&$* surprise party." My mom was awesome. She had three planes. She had our plane and two planes she had rented, and we had people everywhere. She worked hard for that party, and my dad had a great time.

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Transparency Is Essential For NASCAR–So Why Don’t They Have It?

Two series, three violations among four teams, seven suspensions, 81 driver and owner points, and $250,000 in fines. Those are the results after NASCAR penalty day this week after the sanctioning body saw the violations at Texas and Rockingham. Sprint Cup driver Martin Truex, Jr.'s No. 56 Toyota was found to be too low in post-race inspection, and though Truex's second-place finish will stand, Truex was docked six points and his crew chief fined. Also in the Cup garage, NASCAR confiscated the rear-end housings from the Nos. 2 and 22 cars of defending Cup champion Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano. Because of new rules pertaining directly to those parts, plus a perceived intent to gain an illegal advantage, Keselowski and Logano lost 25 points apiece, and their crew chiefs, Paul Wolfe and Todd Gordon were suspended for six points races and the All-Star event, along with both car chiefs, team engineers, and Penske Racing Competition Director Travis Geisler.

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Busy Penalty Wednesday In NASCAR

On Tuesday’s edition of NASCAR RaceHub on SPEED, it was reported that they did not know the extent of the penalties that would be levied against Penske Racing after their rear-end housings were confiscated prior to the NRA 500. However, they did report that the penalties would be “severe.” They …

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Penske Penalities – Passive Pusnishment for Past Sins?

Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, and the entire Penske organization have had a tumultuous last few weeks. First, the dust up at Fontana with Denny Hamlin and Tony Stewart for Logano, Saturday night’s exercise in stress management with getting the cars yanked out of inspection and on the grid as everybody …

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Life At the 55: Jackman Tony Cardamone on Work-Life Balance, Rivalries and Injuries

_Frontstretch Readers – We know that you love our driver diary series, which gives you an inside look at the lives of NASCAR’s stars. Now, we are taking it to a whole new level! Fans love stock car racing for many reasons, one of which is that it is the ultimate team sport. While the driver ultimately hoists the trophy in Victory Lane, it is the blood, sweet and tears of men and women behind the scenes that ultimately drive the success of the team._ _New for 2013, Frontstretch is proud to introduce the “55 Team Diary” which will provide insights from different people who contribute to the accomplishments of Michael Waltrip Racing’s No. 55 Toyota. Kicking off this series is Tony Cardamone, who serves as the jackman and mechanic on the Aaron's Dream Machine and has become an integral part of the weekend road crew that travels to each event. We hope you enjoy this first installment of the 55 Team Diary, where Cardamone shares his thoughts on work/life balance and the latest headlines in NASCAR today, as told to our Tony Lumbis._

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Numbers Game: Texas

Numbers Game: NRA 500 by Tom Bowles 0 Laps led by Roush Fenway Racing, the defending champion of the race (with driver Greg Biffle). Since Carl Edwards’ win at Phoenix, the three teams have combined to lead a grand total of one lap – and that was from Ricky Stenhouse, …

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Kansas: A Potential Turning Point for Struggling (Or Winning) Drivers

*turning point* _n._ *1.* The point at which a very significant change occurs; a decisive moment. *2.* Mathematics A maximum or minimum point on a curve. The turning point of one's season, if there is ever one at all, could conceivably occur anytime during a given year. However, in order for one's season needing to be turned around at all, there has to have been much of a season at all to that point. A driver could have a really poor Daytona 500, for example but if everything afterward goes fairly swimmingly, that's not a turnaround from poor results; that's just a good season blemished by an early outlier. The same can apply to a rough end of the season after 34 or 35 spectacular showings.

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Racing To The Point: NASCAR Kept Its Head In The Sand With The NRA

NASCAR stood its ground in the weeks following Texas Motor Speedway’s decision to sign the National Rifle Association as the primary sponsor for Saturday night’s Sprint Cup race. The stance was simple: race entitlement sponsorships are signed by the track, not the sport’s governing body. So when Texas Motor Speedway announced that the NRA was going to sponsor a race seen by millions in the middle of a debate on gun control in Washington D.C., NASCAR effectively said, “It wasn’t us, it was them.”

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NASCAR Wants Silence? No One Gives A Rip Anymore

“Silence! I ‘keel’ you.” Oh, come on. Don’t tell me you don’t know the lovable little skeleton I’m referencing. He’s famous for “Jingle Bombs” and being slightly offensive but mind-blowing hilarious. However, it appears another entity is attempting to utter a very similar phrase: NASCAR.

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NASCAR A Winner At Shrinking Its “Carbon Footprint”

This week on Voices, it's all about "the news." Three releases in particular have caught my eye over the last couple of weeks concerning NASCAR’s efforts to "Go Green." Well, two actually; the third is just proof that the sanctioning body is super serious in its efforts. Yet another press release has been in front of me, over and over, week after week since the 2013 season began and it too can be tied, or at least should be, to "NASCAR’s Race to Green" as it is officially called. Here is the first…

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