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Nuts for Nationwide: 24 Down; 11 To Go In the Second Series

It’s hard to believe there are only eleven scheduled races left in the 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series and, unlike in the previous two seasons, we actually have a genuine title chase. Who needs the manufactured excitement of the senior circuit’s Chase for the Sprint Cup when you have a three-way shootout for the inaugural championship under the Nationwide banner? Two of the three protagonists in the battle for the title are, predictably, Sprint Cup regulars in Carl Edwards and Clint Bowyer. But the third, JR Motorsports' Brad Keselowski, has had the sort of breakout season that suggests his might be a name we’ll be hearing for years to come in Cup as well as Nationwide. This weekend’s race is a critical step along the way as home to the driver of the #88 Chevrolet is Rochester Hills, Michigan – just two hours from the site of tomorrow’s race at Michigan International Speedway.

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Remembering A NASCAR Legend : Tim Richmond (Part II)

Tim Richmond was back with the Blue Max team for 1985, though there had been some friction within the team. A lot of people in the know were saying Tim was a better driver than the equipment he had allowed him to show, while others were beginning to question his commitment and asking if his hard charging lifestyle off the track was detracting from his ability to drive the car. Still the 1985 season began with high hopes, though almost from the drop of the first green flag those hopes were dashed. No one had anything for Bill Elliott that year at the Daytona 500, and Tim crashed out of the event early winding up 35th. It was just that sort of year.

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Fanning the Flames: Cup Series Needs A 400-Meter Freestyle Relay Of Its Own

I find myself totally enraptured by this summer’s Games. No, NASCAR has not taken a back seat, but it is riding shotgun. And the best race I’ve seen since May occurred on Saturday evening — or Sunday morning I guess, depending on where you are and whether what you’re watching it taped-delayed or not. That Men’s 400-meter freestyle relay was freakin’ bad. I’m sure you’ve seen it by now, but the spike in blood pressure in the final 50 meters as Jason Lezak came back from certain defeat to beat Alain Bernard and his band of smack-talking, no-walking-the-walk, sissified Frenchies was the most entertainment I’d gotten out of a race — Truck races excluded — since Busch v. Junior at Richmond.Yeah, I know it sounds silly (believe me, for a guy who knows nothing about competitive swimming, it seems silly for me to even be typing this) but we could use a well-timed finish like that on the Cup circuit about now. The July Daytona race ended under caution, Chicago was, well, Chicago, Indy was a disaster, Pocono was looooooooong and Watkins Glen, while interesting, just didn’t have any true dramatic flare. Here’s to hoping Bristol, Richmond and the first Chase event in Loudon, races that comprise three of the next five, give us something to jump off the couch about because October — with Talladega, Lowe’s, Martinsville and Atlanta — seems a long way off.

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Side By Side: Is NASCAR Doing Enough For Diversity?

_Today's Question : Are the new accounts of racial and gender discrimination that have surfaced proof NASCAR needs to take action? Or is NASCAR doing all it can as far as the issue of diversity is concerned?_*NASCAR Is Lagging When It Comes To Diversity* _Doug Turnbull_Boom! The last time the Sprint Cup Series raced in the Motor City, news of former Nationwide Series official Mauricia Grant, a black female, and her $225 million discrimination lawsuit against NASCAR, was the talk of garage. So serious and grave were the accusations in the suit that not only did two Nationwide Series officials named in the suit get sent home on suspension, but Brian France decided to meet with the media to address the issue.*NASCAR’s Diversity Efforts More Than Adequate, Reported* _Bryan Davis Keith_In a recent interview on ESPN's _Outside the Lines_, Antonio Morrison, a crew member on the No. 59 Nationwide Series team, concluded that NASCAR will always be a “good ole boy sport.”Mr. Morrison, how you can work in the NASCAR garage and in the racing industry in general and make that statement honestly blows my mind.

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Voices From the Heartland: With Another New Name, It’s Still a Chicane!

What you are about to read is NOT déjà vu. It is all too true. Most of it was written two years ago this very week. It is sad that it must be revisited really, because I am neurotic enough without NASCAR trying to push me over the edge. However, just when I thought it was safe to watch another road race, the experience was once again overshadowed by the most trivial thing. So without further ado, I once again address my neurosis. Changes that have been made in 2008 are in _italics_!Sometimes while watching a NASCAR race, it’s the tiniest little thing that gets stuck in my mind and I end up mulling it over all week. Not that mulling anything over all week ever produced satisfactory results, but maybe, like an annoying _Extendze commercial that airs over and over again_, if I share it with you, you can do the mulling instead of me.

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Picks ‘n’ Pans – Michigan – Will Smoke finally win one or is it Edwards’ for the taking?

The Irish Hills of Michigan host the 23rd race of the season and the opportunity is there for drivers to start officially stamping their passport into the 2008 championship fight. With just three races remaining before the Chase field is set, a driver can be locked into the playoffs as long as they finish this weekend more than 585 points ahead of the 13th place driver. With roughly the top half of the Chase field solidly locked in, gamers will have to think about the fact that those drivers will more likely take chances to get a win and the 10 bonus points associated with it for the Chase.Will Kyle Busch score back to back wins again this year? Can Tony Stewart finally end the winless streak? Will one of the Roushketeers win at Michigan again? Can Kasey Kahne return to his intermediate form? Only this week’s Picks ‘N’ Pans will tell you which ones you should have on your roster — and who should be running at Berlin Speedway.

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Remembering A NASCAR Legend : Tim Richmond (Part I)

It's been over a decade now since Tim Richmond last competed in a Winston Cup race. There's little mention of him in NASCAR's official literature, and if you're a new race fan, sadly, you may never even have heard his name. But for those of us privileged enough to have watched Tim Richmond drive a race car, during that all too ephemeral time that marked the peak of his career, there is no forgetting the magic. The tragic circumstances of a young man's passing, and the way NASCAR officialdom dealt with it, is the subject for another article. Instead, my purpose here is not to mourn Tim's passing, but to celebrate his life and talent. For if there ever was a "natural" at driving a race car, it was Tim Richmond. Lap after lap, fans watched in wonder as he hit the same mark time after time - but when it came time to get around another driver, it was like the laws of physics themselves stepped aside a few moments, content to be suspended and watch in wide-eyed wonder at what Tim could do in a race car, driving the line everyone else thought was impossible. And it was impossible, for everyone else.

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Interstate Batteries Racing: Kyle Busch Michigan Advance

Hail to the Victor   HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 13, 2008) – If there was a theme song for Kyle Busch’s 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, the most obvious choice would be the fight song of his favorite college football team, the University of Michigan.   As the driver of …

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No “Mind Games” Intended Towards Kyle Busch – Just The Truth

Over a span of two and a half months, the Las Vegas native has won half of the Sprint Cup events, but in the remaining five has shown vulnerability, finishing outside the Top 10 with 43rd, 13th, 25th, 15th, and 36th place results, respectfully. Busch’s results give credence to Gordon’s belief that if the wins can be minimized during the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, Kyle Busch’s otherwise inconsistent finishes give him and the other championship contenders reason to be optimistic.

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Mirror Driving : Road Ringers Lose, Mears On The Move, And Young Guns Get The Boot

*The Watkins Glen race had several road course ringers in the field but, as usual, a Sprint Cup regular won the race. Is there really any advantage for replacing a team’s full-time driver with a road course specialist?*Matt T.: Ask the Wood Brothers. Kurt: Of course there is; there's money involved. Racing is expensive. Plus, there is the matter of getting the car in the Top 35 in owner points, and a good finish will do that. Bryan: The No. 01 team would agree with you, Kurt.

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