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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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Did You Notice? Johnson’s Special Photo, Messing With Montoya, And … David Gilliland?

*Did You Notice?…* That the Sprint Cup Series can go to a fast, sleek intermediate track and have no mechanical failures in a 500-mile event - as was the case in Fontana this February - but then they go to a short track and have nearly half a dozen engines go south in one of the shortest races all year? In a 312-mile race, there were two engine failures and a handful of other cars that lost a cylinder at Phoenix; shockingly enough, that ties the record for most blown engines in any race so far in 2008. It's almost like crews decided to use the shorter distance to take more chances and see how far their parts and pieces could push them; but at a track where the RPMs come close to 10,000, maybe they pushed a little too far. Even the big guns were having trouble all night; Kyle Busch's car was among the more notable ones that hit the rev limiter virtually every time down the front straightaway on Saturday night.

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Mirror Driving : Is Gas Mileage Great? The Drug Testing Debate, And Mexico’s Upcoming Fate

*Saturday's race came down to a fuel mileage gamble, with a crew chief begging his driver to slow down for the win. Is fuel mileage racing good for the sport -- or should NASCAR be looking for the invisible debris instead?*Amy: It doesn't hurt the sport in the least. In fact, I thought the last 10 laps were really exciting. Kurt: I hate when races turn into fuel mileage runs. I wish it didn't happen, but it's part of the game, and Jimmie and the No. 48 team played it brilliantly. Mike: Invisible debris is crap in my view. Fuel mileage is a great strategy call; and no one thought that anyone was going to be close to making it to the finish. The No. 48 did a great job of stretching it and making it work. There are usually two or three races per year that are fuel mileage races like that; and it is always enjoyable seeing if that will work out when it happens.

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Frontstretch Power Rankings: Top 15 After Phoenix

Frontstretch Power Rankings
Phoenix International Raceway lived up to its billing as the track of compromise. Drivers were able to make it through one end better than the other all race long, while the tricky corners bit some of the biggest names in the sport. Some drivers moved up and some drivers moved down this week in the rankings as a result; however, three of the top four slots stayed the same to bring some stability into NASCAR's second off week.The people who vote in the Frontstretch poll have spoken; read the rankings below, and see if you agree with our staff's opinions -- or if you think they are completely spun out.

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Playing It Safe: Martin’s Team Trades Victory for Conservative Top 5 Finish. Why?

Mark Martin must have thought somebody had sent him through some cruel time warp last weekend. In preparation for Saturday Night's Subway Fit Fresh 500K, Martin had qualified fourth, all while posting both the third and fastest laps in two of three practice sessions leading up to the race. With those types of numbers, it was clear that the U.S. Army Chevrolet was going to be a factor come race time (i.e., whenever the Yankees and Red Sox were done with their game), giving the veteran a chance to snag his first victory since the Fall of 2005. While Martin typically downplays his chances, he stated that his car was capable of winning the race; but he cautioned, however, that the team needed to guard against complacency, preventing a repeat of what happened a couple of years earlier at this very event.Apparently, no one else got the memo.

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Running Their Mouth : Subway Fresh Fit 500

_Each week, we'll go through media reports, interviews, PR, and all our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Sprint Cup race, capturing the story of how the weekend unfolded. It's the most original commentary you'll ever find: the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of the drivers, crew members, and the car owners themselves. This week, here's a sneak peek at what a select few were thinking following the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway:_"I ran out of gas on the backstretch. [But] we are back, and we have all been working very hard to get back. I couldn't be more proud of everyone at Hendrick Motorsports ... and I wish Rick was here to see this. I am so proud of my guys and everyone associated with the Lowe's team. This car was awesome tonight." _Jimmie Johnson_"I would have loved to see Mark Martin get a win. Like he said, you don't get that many chances. I was there rooting for him even though I was trying to chase him down there at the end. What a great run by this whole FedEx Kinko's Toyota team. We were trying to raise awareness for March of Dimes, and I think we did that by running up front tonight." _Denny Hamlin, finished 3rd_

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Striving for Mediocrity: The NASCAR Way to Victory Lane

"Slow down! Slow way down! You'll never make it unless you slow down!"I really thought I had entered the twilight zone. What crew chief in his right mind would possibly be telling his driver that he'd better pull back or he'd never win?"You've got twenty seconds on the No. 07. You've got to slow down!"Well, that wasn't quite true; there were only ten seconds between the front-running car and second place. Still, Chad Knaus' words had plenty of wisdom to back them up. Jimmie Johnson had not stopped for gas, and according to calculations, his No. 48 Lowe's machine was running on nothing more than fumes. Knaus stood on top of the pit box screaming at his driver to please lay off the gas pedal; otherwise, his chances for a win -- and the momentum that comes with it -- would fall victim to the tragedy of an empty fuel tank.

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Does The Three-Peat For Johnson Start Here?

If the officials of NASCAR could draw up the perfect Sprint Cup champion - a man who would best represent the sport to the racing community and the world at large - then you can be pretty sure they would use Jimmie Johnson as a template. He looks the part, always says the right things, plugs his sponsors with relentless efficiency, never seems flustered... and he even has a photogenic wife. Over the last couple of seasons -- with the exception of some pre-2007 season golf cart hijinks -- Johnson has been the very definition for many of what it means to be a graceful, deferential back-to-back champion when outside the race car.Much more importantly, though, Johnson has been the consummate pro on the track - a hard-nosed competitor whose drive to win still trumps any championship trophy.

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: Bashas’ Supermarkets 200

*In a Nutshell:* Kyle Busch had the strongest car in the field, again. Kyle Busch led the most laps, again. Kyle Busch won the race, again.In what's becoming a running theme in the Nationwide Series this season, Busch led four times for 133 laps en route to his second consecutive win during the race Friday night. But he wasn't unchallenged; in fact, Busch held off a furious late race charge from Carl Edwards, who enjoyed his best Nationwide run of the season with a second place finish. However, it wasn't enough to slow down Busch, who won by a little over a quarter of a second; the victory marked his second consecutive win in this series at the Phoenix International Raceway.

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