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Did You Notice… Gaughan’s No Rookie, Daytona Can Be Bought, And We All Needed A Vacation

*Did You Notice…* How this year’s offseason went extensive periods without any sort of NASCAR in the news? Yeah, it was merger central all the time with Richard Petty, Chip Ganassi, George Gillett, and Teresa Earnhardt … but beyond that, there really wasn’t all that much to write about. And you know what – that was great. Because for the first time in years, people were actually given a chance to _miss_ stock cars going round in circles. We didn’t have to hear about the big test at Daytona just one month after the overhyped banquet tried to plaster its way over every television screen in America. We didn’t have to hear about all these one-off tests in which drivers were preparing for a new season within two weeks after the old one ended. It allowed fans a chance to breathe; and while yes, there’s still plenty of cynical doubters still out there, even the ones who have railed against NASCAR for years have uttered phrases like “I miss racing” heading into this year’s Speedweeks.

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America’s Most Wanted: The Top 5 Drivers To Watch In 2009

Finally. After an offseason that seemed to last longer than it ever has in previous years -- due in large part to a virtual ban on preseason testing and a harsh winter of Old Testament proportions (global warming, huh?) -- the 2009 NASCAR season is finally set to kick off. Just as the NFL has wrapped up their season with arguably the greatest Super Bowl ever, the Sprint Cup Series is about set to launch 38 weeks of controlled chaos at the World Center of Racing down in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Phew.... feels good knockin’ the rust off. Kind of sounded a bit like Ken Squier just then!)

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Full Throttle: Bud Shootout, Revell’s Departure Not Exactly Embracing Our Past

Last year, the mantra that was spewing forth from Daytona was that the sport was going to embrace its past. Drivers were encouraged to show emotion and individuality, the kind of things that would bring back some of the legions of hardcore NASCAR fans that built the sport but then left when so many changes were thrust upon them over the previous few years. Unfortunately, that vision has not carried over to 2009 when it comes to the first race of the season Saturday night -- a race that was one of the earliest ways that fans were brought into the sport.

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Today’s Top News for February 3, 2009

By Phil Allaway *Owner Points Scramble* Now that the gates to Daytona International Speedway’s garage are set to open in a mere couple of days, there is a mad scramble to lock teams into the Daytona 500 (and the four races immediately following it). A total of four teams (the …

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Blue Smoke and Burnt Rubber: Chapter 2

Chris and Danny followed the flatbed carrying the No. 47 Racin’ Wrenches car driven by Harry Garrison into the garage area. The various members of the team walked toward the bay assigned to them this week. Chris tried to hail Chuck Farley, the oldest member of the crew…possibly the oldest …

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Blue Smoke and Burnt Rubber: Chapter 1

Focused on the high bank of Turn One, Chris Weaver continued the endless circular march. Shifting his weight from left to right, he ignored the elbows, shoulders and heads of the other four people watching the race from the top of the No. 74 hauler. He often wondered why there …

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Hat Dance Dynasty Salaries

Car  – Driver Salary   Car  – Driver Salary   48  – Jimmie Johnson  45,000    42  – Juan Montoya  30,000   99  – Carl Edwards  45,000    33  – Clint Bowyer  29,000   18  – Kyle Busch  44,000    43  – Reed Sorenson  29,000   16  – Greg Biffle  43,000    96  – Bobby Labonte  28,000   29  – Kevin Harvick  42,000    55  – Michael …

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After NASCAR’s Worst Winter Ever, Hope Springs Eternal In 2009

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…” _Charles Dickens -- A Tale of Two Cities_ It has been, very much, a winter of discontent for NASCAR. With money scarce, extensive layoffs have cast a grim pallor across an industry already suffering the ramifications of the global economic crisis. Big brand names have left the sport -- some, like AT&T, due to the category exclusivity deals put in place by the governing body -- and fresh corporate cash infusions are scarcer than Michael Waltrip victories. For a sport that is quite literally fueled by sponsorship dollars, the recession has hit hard – mighty hard.

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Leaving the Winter of Discontent Behind

Are you ready? Normally at this time of the year, I’m hovering at the TV set in total anticipation of the pre-race countdown. I hunger for glimpses of new paint jobs, the familiar ring of the announcers’ voices and the reassuring flutter of a green flag in the February afternoon. But this year is different. While the off-season plodded by to the tune of Christmas Carols and depressed shoppers, our nation’s ecomony bit the big one. Big banks ate little ones and Detroit’s Big Three turned into the Three Blind Mice. It even seemed that NASCAR couldn’t help but join the general sense of loss and desperation.

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Talking NASCAR TV: Four Big Offseason Changes For 2009

After a long offseason -- seemingly made even longer due to SPEED Channel’s near complete lack of off-season motorsports programming (which is another rant for another day), we’re coming up to the beginning of the season. Now, most of what viewers will see this year in NASCAR telecasts will be similar, if not the same as in past years. However, there will be a few changes.

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