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Busch Breakdown: Winn-Dixie 250 Presented By PepsiCo

*In a Nutshell:* Restrictor plate racing in the Busch Series is usually about as old school as it gets nowadays. The aero package that the vehicles run, with the wicker bill on top of the roof, results in intense racing where passing for the lead occurs for almost the entire event.But with every rule, there's always an exception.*Kyle Busch* made a mockery of the Winn Dixie 250, leading most of the way after the competition caution on lap 20 (65 out of 102 laps total) to score his first Busch Series win of the season. The No. 5 Chevrolet beat the No. 21 driven by *Kevin Harvick* to the line; Harvick tried a valiant last lap challenge on the outside line, but came up a few car lengths short in what was the first Green-White-Checkered finish of the season. Still, it was a valiant effort for a team that led early until both alternator and handling problems left him back in the pack and ultimately too far behind to score the win. *Dave Blaney*, *Tony Stewart*, and *Clint Bowyer* rounded out the Top 5 finishers.

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The Daytona 500: The Next Victim Of NASCAR’s Greed?

Quick, name the track that hosts the IRL's season opening race.Did it take a second? Still don't know? Heck...I had to look it up myself, as I'm not the die-hard IndyCar enthusiast.The answer to this question is not as important on a factual level so much as it is on a subconscious one. In NASCAR, where the Daytona 500 has served as the starting block to a new season for 25 years, everyone — even my mother who only catches a glimpse of races on random trips through the living room — knows that Daytona kicks off the traveling road show known as the NASCAR season. In an otherwise barren gap on the sports landscape — the Super Bowl has just concluded and March Madness is still a few weeks away — Daytona has carved its own neat little niche in February where the sport of auto racing can take center stage on a national level.

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Tearing Apart the Trucks : A Series in Trouble?

After eight weeks straight, the Craftsman Truck Series drivers get a break in their 25-race schedule. Since off weeks tend to be slow on news, I got to thinking about the series and the shape it's in. Week in and week out, television coverage shows massive amounts of empty seating at every track, but is the lowest tier of NASCAR's "big three" in trouble?

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Best of: Holding a Pretty Wheel – Hate the 48? It’s Totally Undeserved

In the weeks since this year's Nextel Cup championship was decided in favor of Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 team, I've heard a lot of people complain about him. The reasons why are as diverse as the crowd of Manhattanites currently welcoming the world's fastest growing sport on wheels for the yearly awards banquet. Some people say Johnson cheats (Get over it; the team served the penalty NASCAR assessed - if you don't like it, complain about the rules). Others say he's too politically correct. He's too much like Jeff Gordon. He wins too much (bet Johnson doesn't care if you don't like that, either - if you compete at anything, you know there is no such thing as "winning too much." He's had everything handed to him. He's too perfect, too unemotional.

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Driven To The Past: Greg Sacks

The Daytona 500 is widely recognized as the Superbowl of Stockcar racing. The July event has a slightly less prestigious moniker attached to it; longtime fans know it simply as The Firecracker 400. Before the days of the Pepsi sponsorship and lights circling the track; the race started by noon, as the stifling Florida heat and humidity in July made it as uncomfortable for the fans as it did the drivers. The old adage used to be "On the track by eleven, on the beach by three." In 1985, the most unlikely of drivers would visit Victory Lane at the World Center of Racing. This week we profile one of the most unlikely of heroes, as surprised at his own success, as were his competitors, Greg Sacks.

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BSNews! (Or Is It?) France Vows to Uphold Integrity of the Penalties, Not the Sport

*Daytona Beach, FL* - Speaking from his golden throne in a mahogany-paneled stall, just off his executive suite high above Daytona International Speedway, NASCAR CEO and self-appointed "King of Stock Car Racing" Brian France pontificated after hearing reports that recently suspended crew chiefs had been coaching their teams from surrounding high points at recent racing venues."We just had a meeting about that," said France, forcing a grunt. "We will be, if that all is accurate, addressing that shortly."France went on to expound that, while he would prefer not to, the suspension of drivers may the next step in a rapidly growing list of consequences for inspection violations."We'd like not to get to [suspending drivers]," he said while fidgeting with some paperwork. "We'd like to make the deterrent, a portion of the penalty, significant enough that it isn't necessary for us to do. But are we willing to go there? Of course we would. We're not hoping to do that [though]. That's sort of a death penalty."

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Fanning the Flames: Tony Eury, Jr. Does Some Fanning Of His Own

Kudos to Tony Eury, Jr., who this week fired a salvo over NASCAR's bow. Opining on the rash and severity of penalties doled out of late concerning the Car of Tomorrow and the nuances of the car's templates, Eury had this to say:"The (rule) book's there for a reason. The template's there for a reason; to say, 'Hey, here's the line.' If you're walking down the street and don't know where the line is, sooner or later you're going to step across it."Eury continued with that "gray area" theme ...

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Mirror Driving: Does One Win Drive Hamlin To New Heights? Was Musgrave’s Suspension Right? And NASCAR Penalties – Too Much Or Too Light?

*With his win on Sunday, has Denny Hamlin vaulted into position to be Jeff Gordon's most serious challenger for the championship? Or is someone else still in better shape?*Matt T.: Hamlin is definitely a serious threat. Only Johnson has shown the ability to keep up with Gordon till now. Tom: I think it gets his team over a huge hump. Although to be honest, I think that whole Joe Gibbs Racing organization has needed to get over a hump. Amy: Hamlin is a contender for sure, but like Matt said, you have to put Jimmie Johnson high on the list of contenders.

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