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Thompson in Turn 5: Kyle Busch Back On Track to 200 Wins?

Kyle Busch’s guitar-smashing antics in victory lane following his NASCAR Nationwide Series win at Nashville Superspeedway seems to have captured the lion’s share of attention after a busy and newsworthy weekend of NASCAR racing. In fact, his questionable victory celebration overshadowed even the fact that the Federated Auto Parts 300 win was Busch’s 51st NASCAR …

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Did You Notice? The Real Problem with Kyle Busch, The Murkiness of Meth & Silly Season Revisited

Did You Notice? That in between all the controversy and opinions surrounding Kyle Busch and his guitar smashing, the No. 18 Cup team is in very real danger of not even making the Chase? Before we get to his antics (and don’t worry, I’m not going to comment too much as 1,500 people have already) …

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Mirror Driving: Judging Double-File Restarts, Benson’s Pink Slip, & of Course… Busch & Earnhardt

NASCAR appeared to listen to drivers and fans with the new double-file restart rule. Did they make the right call?

Top 10 Other Rock-Star Tributes Planned by Kyle Busch

Kyle Busch’s display of smashing the Gibson Les Paul at Nashville may not have won over many NASCAR fans’ hearts, but that doesn’t mean he’s ready to stop paying tribute to the great institution that is rock-n-roll. Here are some of the other things he has on (Spinal) tap to pay homage to the greats like Pink Floyd, The Who, Phil Collins and many others! Tribute honoree in parentheses, for those not so big rock-n-roll fans….

Talking NASCAR TV: TNT’s 1st Effort of the Year Promising, But Issues Remain

This past weekend was a busy one on television, so let’s get right down to it. We’ll start with the Truck Series race, Friday night’s WinStar World Casino 400 at Texas Motor Speedway. The first thing that viewers would have noticed on the broadcast was that Michael Waltrip, usually the third man in the booth, was absent Friday night due to his obligations in Pennsylvania. This was obviously pre-planned because Waltrip was supposed to be practicing and qualifying for the Pocono 500. However, even though Friday was a complete washout at Pocono, Waltrip still decided not to make the trip. The result was a two-man booth with just Rick Allen and Phil Parsons, making for a different feel, but something I could get used to.

5 Points to Ponder: Nashville/Pocono 2009 Edition

It was one of those no-brainers. As soon as we got the official word that the Cup Series would feature “Shootout Style” double-file restarts, everyone realized that it would liven up the racing. Sure, the whole wave around for the lap down cars created some confusion, but all-in-all, every restart was exciting. There was side by side and three-wide racing for about 10 laps before the field would eventually string out over VERY long green-flag runs. It was cool to see the new rule go into effect at a track with a frontstretch as wide as Pocono’s, but the thought of doubling up cars at Martinsville or Bristol sounds even more entertaining.

Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Federated Auto Parts 300 at Nashville

For the sixth week in a row, Kyle Busch was the dominant car in a Nationwide Series race. That’s it, no tricks to this story. His pit crew perfect, his laps fast, his nose clean, Busch led 173 of the 225 laps run Saturday night to score his long overdue fourth win of the Nationwide Series season. While Busch’s race was clean, his unorthodox celebration was far from it (read on to hear this writer’s take).

Nuts for Nationwide: For Series Regulars, The Time is Now

In counting down the days till the start of the 2009 standalone stretch for the Nationwide Series, I find myself constantly thinking back to my favorite time in college, the 2006-2007 football season. The slogan my beloved Demon Deacons took the field with that season was a simple one: The Time Is Now. No more …

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Voice of Vito: Kyle Busch – Who Else Is Sick and Tired of His Act Besides Me?

It has happened again. The destructive force that may ruin NASCAR as we know it has reared its ugly head once more. No, I am not referring to General Motors joining Chrysler in bankruptcy – though that is another matter altogether that I will be addressing here in the in coming weeks – but rather …

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Mirror Driving: Roush’s Rough Start, Prelude to More Dreams at Eldora & Pimping Pocono Out?

After getting of to a fast start and winning the first two events, Roush Fenway Racing has struggled somewhat, which was apparent at Dover where the organization has often dominated races, including last fall’s. What does Roush need to do to regain the balance of power with Hendrick Motorsports and its satellite operation, Stewart-Haas Racing?

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