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Scott Speed Driver Diary: Momentum From Talladega and Beluga Whales!

It’s finally May and it’s getting warmer out so there is a lot to get excited about. I have to tell you though that April was definitely the tale of two months for me. It certainly didn’t start out well when we missed the show at Texas. I’m not sure what happened, but our car definitely wasn’t right. You only get one practice to dial the car in and we were just really off for some reason and we still aren’t sure what exactly went wrong. Qualifying is definitely my best attribute for sure so it’s difficult when you go to a racetrack and things aren’t right. It’s a huge challenge to get the setup right in such a short period of time. I stayed at the track though for the entire weekend, hung out with my friends and used it as an opportunity to learn more. It sucked being on the sidelines but it sure beats sitting at home on a Sunday afternoon.

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Nuts for Nationwide: The Heroes of Tomorrow Really Are Racing Today

In an interview I did with Mike Bliss at Charlotte last year, the Nationwide Series veteran gave me one quote that I have never forgotten during my time covering the Nationwide Series. _“Sponsors want that brand name, [a] Carl Edwards, to do all the shows. Well, you can find another driver and build another hero.”_ This past Sunday, the stock car racing community was reminded of this in spectacular fashion, as a Nationwide Series regular gave a new definition to Cupwhacker: He whacked the Cup Series field, scoring a dramatic win at Talladega that saw him overpower three of the sport’s most talented stars in Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards and Ryan Newman.

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In Case You Missed It: Friday, May 1, 2009

Upgrades Planned For Kentucky Speedway Speedway Motorsports Inc., the owner of Kentucky Speedway, has begun a $13.5 million set of improvements to the track. The enhancements to the facility include expanded parking, infield camping facilities, and augmented track access roads. “Kentucky Speedway is great and we’re making a lot of …

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Newsletter Stories – Friday, May 1, 2009

Teenager Injured at Talladega Released From Hospital Blake Bobbitt, the teenage fan whose jaw had been broken from flying debris from Carl Edwards’ Talladega last lap wreck, was released from the UAB hospital on Thursday. Bobbitt had reconstructive surgery to repair her jaw. Bobbitt, one of seven fans injured in …

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Spoiler Picks, Round 10: Crown Royal Presents the Russ Friedman 400

By Phil Allaway and Mike Ravesi Well, as most of you already know, Talladega is a giant toss-up. With the score tied at four coming into the race, something had to give here. Let’s see what happened. Phil’s Picks: 6 David Ragan- Finished 12th 78 Regan Smith- Finished 15th Average …

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Blue Smoke and Burnt Rubber: Chapter Six

Even in the dark it roared. Thrumming through his body—the very soles of his feet. Chris swallowed against the rush of adrenaline. Out there, in the fog, they were racing. He strained against the murk before his eyes, his ears telling him something wasn’t right. In the distance, he heard …

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Kurt Busch: Welcome Back

Largely lost in the hubbub surrounding Sunday’s action packed contest at Talladega Superspeedway that culminated with a spectacular crash, a win by a part-time Sprint Cup driver with only five starts under his belt and the surprising finishes by the likes of Scott Speed, Joey Logano and Marcos Ambrose was the fact that Kurt Busch is now leading the driver’s championship point standings. On the merits of a sixth place finish in the Aarons’s 499, Busch moved ahead of 4-time Cup Champion Jeff Gordon and left Alabama with a slim five-point lead heading into Saturday night's race from the Richmond International Raceway. On one hand, topping the standings after only nine of 36 events on the Cup schedule isn’t that big a deal, but on the other hand that Busch, who despite being a former champion has not lead in points in more than four years, finds himself on top is significant.

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Fanning the Flames: Making Sense Of The Talladega Mayhem

*Why is everyone complaining about the [Talladega] finish? The fence held! The drivers walked away! It worked like it was supposed to! Let them race and quit complaining!* _— Kevin Hart_ *A:* I’ll give you those points. Yes, the fence held and yes, everyone walked away, but we simply can’t have cars flying all over the place — especially into the catch fencing that separates the field of competition from thousands of spectators. It just can’t happen.

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Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: Remembering David Poole (1959-2009)

Things have changed so much in our sport the last few years, there's not much left that's stayed the same. But one of those things I could always count on for the past 13 years was logging onto "ThatsRacin.com":https://www.thatsracin.com/ an hour or so after the race to get David Poole’s take on the event and other issues concerning the sport. I didn’t always agree with Poole, but his columns were consistently well-written, entertaining, and well thought out.

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A Yellow Line Rant Of A Different Color

What a difference a half a year makes! A little over six months ago, we had a lot to write about after the race at Talladega. Seems that a mostly unknown rookie almost won a Cup race at Talladega. That man was Regan Smith. Without rehashing the whole ordeal, in short, Reagan was forced below the (then single) yellow line by Tony Stewart, but yet still managed to pass him for the (supposed) win!

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