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Voices From the Heartland : Time To Get The Manufacturers Out of NASCAR

Wow! That’s a pretty bold headline! But the time has come to be honest with ourselves. Time to call a spade a spade. Time to open your eyes and actually see what your eyes are looking at every week. Time to stop being a narrow minded, automotive bigot! Time to admit that it _IS_ going to happen down the road, so we might as well embrace it and not stupidly act all surprised about it later. You are smarter than that.Consider some facts: GM stock has lost 75 percent of its value in the last nine months and is trading at an all time 54 year low. Fifty-four years people! That’s almost _BEFORE_ NASCAR was ‘invented’!

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Did You Notice? … The Busch-Edwards Rivalry That Isn’t, Truex’s Public Posturing, And Touting Terry Labonte?

*Did You Notice?* … That halfway through the season, Carl Edwards has finished second in a Sprint Cup race three times – and all three of them have been to Kyle Busch. Edwards likes to play this up as a rivalry, but right now, Busch is putting on a good ol’ fashioned butt whooping -- whether you want to admit it or not. Right now, Edwards trails Busch in wins (six to three), points (149), Top 5s (11 to 7), and Laps Led (900 to 396). Only in Top 10s does Edwards have a razor-thin edge – 13 to 12 – but that’s not going to be enough if he wants to overtake the No. 18 when it really counts in November.Still, for those who despise Busch’s dominance during the first half of the Cup circuit, there’s hope Edwards can bounce back. So far this season, he’s won twice on tracks 1.5 miles in length – that’s one more than Busch, who paced the field at Atlanta but finished well behind the No. 99 at both Texas and Las Vegas. Since five 1.5-mile race tracks make up the ten race Chase, that should give Edwards a bit of an edge.

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Top Ten Ramifications of a DEI Sale

*10.* None. It is NOT for sale. Just ask Max and Teresa -- they'll tell you.*9.* None. After all, you're just buying an ordinary race shop; why do you think the price is so low?*8.* Kerry and Jeffrey Earnhardt will be filling out applications at JR Motorsports.*7.* DEI will now stand for "Didn’t Ever Imagine…"

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Getting Over Kyle Busch: You May Hate Him, But He Sure Can Drive A Race Car

It has almost become amusing to hear so many people who collectively dislike NASCAR’s Kyle Busch find new ways to both express their dislike for him on a personal basis, yet accurately recognize that the young man is truly a phenomenal talent behind the wheel of a race car. Of course, all the blame for putting race fans in this uncomfortable position rests squarely on the shoulders of the 23 year old Las Vegas native. If he would simply quit winning so much -- and often times in such spectacular fashion -- fans wouldn’t feel the need to enumerate on their negative feelings towards the Sprint Cup points leader.But Busch _has_ been winning, to the tune of six races in eighteen starts this year, while leading the Sprint Cup point standings by a healthy 182 points. And as a result, we have all heard the assessments of the younger Busch brother by fellow fans -- and perhaps by you.

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Mirror Driving : No More Green-White-Yellow?, Truex’s Face Turns Green, And Red Flagging NASCAR Scoring

*Did NASCAR make the right call by throwing the yellow flag and stopping the race with Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch running side-by-side on the last lap?*Kurt: No, no, no. In fact, the caution should have flown when Jeff Gordon spun. Any dangerous situation on the track should merit a caution flag. No exceptions. Bryan: Kurt, I couldn’t disagree more. Jeff was so far removed from the action that there was no reason for a yellow. If the drivers are OK with changing this rule, I say yes.

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Frontstretch Sprint Cup Power Rankings : Top 15 After Daytona

Frontstretch Power Rankings
Daytona International Speedway once again played havoc with drivers over the Fourth of July weekend. As the action heated up late in the race, some couldn’t find help getting to the front, some couldn’t get out of their own way, and some simply couldn’t stomach 400 miles around the 2.5-mile superspeedway. Greg Biffle was one of those, pummeled in the standings after contact with Juan Pablo Montoya dropped him to a season-low 43rd place finish.But was that crash enough to knock Biffle out of this week's Top 15 -- or would Martin Truex, Jr. be the odd man out following a 150-point penalty that all but eliminates him from the Chase? And then, there's the small matter of Tony Stewart turning sickly; while J.J. Yeley did an admirable job filling in, was a late race wreck the final straw that took him outside our Power Rankings chart?On the flip side, it's no secret Kyle Busch further entrenched his hold on the top spot in our voting. But in a frantic finish at Daytona, what other wheelmen drafted up well enough to move up closer behind him? To find out more about where drivers stood once our writers took the plates off, read on for this week’s Top 15 rankings.

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Message Board Promo 7/7/08

*Still haven’t joined the Frontstretch Forums? Here’s a peek at what you’re missing this week:* “Tell us what you really think about Kyle Busch. Is he the real deal, or just hitting a great lucky streak?”:https://frontstretch.com/board/index.php/topic,2707.0.html “Teresa Earnhardt is looking for some financial help with Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Could buying …

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18 Storylines After 18 Races: The Cup Series At Halfway

With the conclusion of the high-banked 200 mph, 400 mile dramafest at Daytona, we're at the halfway point of the 2008 season. And while each week usually unfolds into its own unique episode in the 10-month epic of a soap opera NASCAR has become, there are always certain storylines that resonate across each season, from track to track and month to month. So here, in no particular order, are my 18 top storylines to date as we head into Sprint Cup's second half:*9. How bad does the No. 24 look?* There have been times this season when Jeff Gordon's car has run so bad, he's looked absolutely delighted with a 10th- or 15th-place finish. Even when the No. 24 has a great car and contends up front, Gordon's wound up wrecking out (Las Vegas) or getting wrecked trying (Daytona). That said, the Rainbow Warrior has seven Top 5s to offset that pesky winless streak, and he's comfortably in the Top 12 at halfway. Maybe this is the year Gordon gets it right in the Chase to make up for those two titles the traditionalists say he missed out on.

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Into The Flood Again: Why Mark Martin Came Back To Full-Time Cup Racing

I have never made any bones about it – I am a lifelong Alice In Chains fan. Hands down, they're my favorite band... ever, quite possibly the most underrated yet often-imitated Seattle supergroup from the early 1990s. This was back during a time when music was worth listening to – songs that featured instruments and not drum machines, lyrics that extended beyond such meaningful topics as Cadillac Escalades, rims, champagne, women of questionable morals, bling, and even more rims. One of their signature songs was featured on the soundtrack of the 1991 motion picture, _Singles_ – the title of the track is called, “Would?” and the chorus of which stated:_Into the flood again_ _Same old trip it was back then_ _So I made a big mistake_ _Try to see it once my way_With the announcement this past Friday at Daytona that Mark Martin would be returning to full-time Cup competition in 2009, that song and verse struck a chord with me.

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Talking NASCAR TV: TNT’s Wide Open Coverage Has Some Gaps

There is nothing quite like a Saturday night race -- especially one presented without commercial interruption. The Coke Zero 400 on TNT was a thrilling broadcast from start to finish, even during some of the long green flag runs, in large part because of the Wide Open Coverage that gave us the ability to watch far more of the race than usual. According to "cawsnjaws.com,":http://www.cawsnjaws.com the network broke away from full race coverage for just 17 minutes all night long. Of course, there were far more times when their sponsors popped up in the video box at the bottom of the screen, but TNT did not do a bad job at all of integrating those mandatory commercial ads during the race broadcast. The extra space created by those special ads was used wisely, with extra information about drivers placed in what would have been a massive HD ribbon of blank space.But for all the extra racing TNT wound up offering fans, there still remains some problems to be solved after their second attempt at Wide Open Coverage.

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