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David Reutimann Driver Diary: What Can Brown Do For You?

I've had the pleasure of running new colors and a new number for the past couple of weeks, but outside of those things, nothing else is different. We sure have been super busy trying to get the team headed in the right direction, keeping up with testing sessions and running in both series. Unfortunately, one of the other things we've been busy at was trying to stay in the Top 35 in owner's points. Our team had asked NASCAR if we could swap the points of the No. 00 and the No. 44, but our request was denied. I didn't think that was a fair decision, but that's NASCAR's ruling and you don't have to agree with everything they say, you just have to abide by it.

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The Unluckiest Driver In Auto Racing?

Being the undeniable gentleman that he is, Mark Martin would probably take exception to my calling him the unluckiest driver in auto racing. He would counter that he has won 35 Cup races and 47 Busch races, driven for top notch teams, and pulled down an amazing five IROC championships. And how many drivers have finished in the top five in the standings 12 times?But the only luck involved in any of those accomplishments is getting into an organization that can build a great car underneath of him. Throughout his career, he has certainly proven himself worthy of that kind of luck.Watching the Phoenix race, I couldn't help but think that it was just another in a long line of disappointments for Martin that would have aggravated the hell out of most any mortal.

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Driven to the Past : Darrell Waltrip

I first met Darrell Waltrip when he was still in his teens, racing on Sunday evenings at Kentucky Motor Speedway near Whitesville. A bunch from Louisville used to go down there every weekend, and, when I didn't have to be somewhere else with ARCA, I went with them.It was pretty obvious even then that the kid had a lot of talent, along with a ton of ambition. One night when he crashed his own car--the result of a blown engine, if I recall correctly, he ended up in the backup car of a guy named P.B. Crowell from Franklin, Tenn. P.B. had two 1955 Chevrolets when I first started going down there but by this time had updated to 1964 Chevelles. When he mentioned that he had offered the second car to Darrell, he wondered out loud if it had been a good idea. My response was that he was going to find out just how fast that car would go, but there was a chance he could get it back in a bucket.

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Should NASCAR Race Outside the US?

The first commercial produced by Nextel to mark their arrival into NASCAR at the beginning of the 2004 season was a one minute long spot called "Anthem" featuring a rousing soundtrack and clips of racing action from the early days of racing on Daytona Beach right through to the then-present day. The ad was Nextel's way of honoring the history and tradition of the Cup Series, as well as showing NASCAR fans they understood what they were taking on. Here's an excerpt from the end of the voiceover that accompanies the ad:_You want to know about America?__It's in the squeal of rubber, the scream of the engine and the roar of humanity…seeing one of its own triumph against the odds. It's there in a last lap duel. Joyous as Victory Lane, devastating as hitting the rail. Here, life lessons are learnt and man it's as obvious as the number of the car in pole position.__It's simple - NASCAR born in America._

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Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off : Are The Pettys And Woods On Their Last Legs?

"Back in the day," both the Petty Engineering and Wood Brothers race teams combined to be the top dogs in Cup racing. In the early to mid 1970s, they dominated the sport, staging epic battles which left the fans on their feet and cemented their history as two of the sport's legendary car owners. In 1973, David Pearson won 11 of the 18 races in which the Wood Brothers participated. In 1974, Petty fought back, and the two teams combined to win 17 of 30 Cup events; they followed it up in 1975 by winning 16 of 30. Eventually, Junior Johnson and his boys crashed the party as well, and the three "super teams" dominated the sport in way that, one could argue, Gibbs, Roush, and Hendrick compete atop the Cup Series today.But Junior left the sport at the end of the 1995 season due to off-track personal issues, as well as his increasing disillusionment with where the sport was heading and the way NASCAR ran things. The Pettys and the Woods have soldiered on since then; but right now, the future is looking bleak for both outfits.

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Fanning the Flames: “Smack” Talk, Engine Issues, And That Damn Gopher Cam

*Q: It's so good to see Kenny Schrader get in a ride at Talladega that stands a fighting chance! The BAM deal was going nowhere for him, even though it was good to see him on the track. Is this a one-race deal or will he be in the No. 70 for awhile? And what do you think of his chances at Talladega with a Hendrick engine?* _— Terry G._*A:* I wondered if I'd hear from our lifelong Schrader honk this week. Schrader is a good choice for a team just trying to get a car in the show, although he hasn't had any success at Talladega in a decade. He does run well at Daytona; but for some reason, the notes just don't transfer to Alabama for him.I'm glad to see your boy got a ride, Terry, but I figured the smart call would have been to Mike Wallace, who is a plate-track ace. And as for the length of the contract...

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Side-By-Side : Should Sam Hornish, Jr. Leave NASCAR?

*Today's Question : Recent rumors have Sam Hornish, Jr. considering dropping his stock car career for a full-time move back to Indy Cars. After just eight races, is it too soon for Hornish to back away? Or is this the move he should have made all along?*Bryan: With the signing of David Stremme as Penske Racing's test driver, speculation is running rampant that Sam Hornish, Jr., the 2006 Indy Racing League champion and Sprint Cup rookie, is already preparing to throw in the towel on his stock car racing career. Here's hoping that's not the case; for Hornish has made a lot of progress even eight races into the season. No question, the talent is there for Hornish to make it in NASCAR if he continues to stay the course.Tom: By no means do I want to rush Sam Hornish, Jr. back to Indy Cars. If successful, his presence in NASCAR will lure a legion full of IRL aficionados to pay attention to a different kind of racing -- perhaps more than any of the other open wheel converts for 2008. With an Indy 500 victory and two IRL championships to his credit, Hornish has proven to be one heck of a racing talent; and, by all accounts, an even better guy.With that said, a sudden departure from NASCAR, while shocking, may not be a bad thing for his career; and frankly, it's not unprecedented.

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BSNews! NASCAR Snippets From the Cutting Room Floor

*Daytona Beach, FL* -- In what can only be described as a shocking admission, Brian France revealed today that he has, in fact, used Coke on a daily basis for a few years now ... even on days that he was scheduled to make important decisions regarding how NASCAR is run.Fans may remember that a few years ago, France was involved in an incident involving the Daytona Beach Police Department, where witnesses say he was driving erratically near his home. Upon investigation, police found a substance on the front seat of his Lexus. That substance later proved to be a potentially dangerous "cocktail" of Coke and another substance that is believed to have originated in Puerto Rico.

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Rick Crawford Driver Diary: Another Crawford On Track Soon?

Since the last time we talked, our team did a NASCAR official Truck Series test at Martinsville. The Ford Powerstroke Diesel ran well for two days, and the Maxx Force Diesel ran well for two days with Brendan Gaughan. Even Adam got a shot at driving the Ford Powerstroke Diesel for the first time, and handled it like a veteran. He put some speed up on the charts. I'm real proud of Adam, and I'd really like to thank everybody for having the confidence in him and the team for working behind him.

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Random Drug Testing: Harvick, Earnhardt, Stewart And Granny…Form A Line Over Here!

Recent shocking revelations that former Craftsman Truck and Nationwide Series driver Aaron Fike not only concealed a painkiller addiction from NASCAR officials, but competed in CTS events after using heroin on race day has renewed criticism of the sanctioning body's present drug testing policies. At the moment, NASCAR does not have a random drug screening policy like other major sports; instead, they maintain the right to test under the broadly worded "reasonable suspicion" edict in their rulebook. This position gives them almost an unfettered right to test anyone at their discretion participating in a NASCAR-sanctioned event.Additionally, team owners are free to test drivers and crew members either randomly, or on a basis of reasonable cause. This results in two layers of detecting possible problems; but for some, that just isn't enough.That's a shame...because it should be.

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