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Driven to the Past : John Potts

I grew up in Louisville, Ky., and my father and mother started taking me to what they called the "hardtop" races at the Jeffersonville (Ind.) Sportsdrome when I was ten years old - in 1949. I was hooked from the start. Those hardtops were mostly 1939 and 40 Fords and Mercurys, with an occasional 39 Hudson tossed. in, and the racing was fantastic.One night I was walking behind the grandstands with Dad as we headed for the concession stand, and a guy came up and grabbed me by the shoulder, and asked if I'd like to make a few bucks selling newspapers. He said I'd get a nickel a paper, and he'd give Dad the money for my ticket. There are times over the last 50 years or so when I've thought, "If I'd just told that guy 'No' I wouldn't be in this mess." However, over the long run I've had no reason to regret it. The people I've met in racing have become the best friends I have, and just about everything good that's happened to me has happened because I was involved in racing.

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Do Hard Hits Make Drivers Consider Retirement?

Shortly after Rusty Wallace announced his impending departure from the NASCAR traveling circus at the beginning of the 2005 season, he had to correct a motorsports media that suggested he was scared to get into a racecar. Wallace clarified that it was not that he was scared to get behind the wheel—racecar drivers can't be—but that he did recognize the always lurking peril involved in auto racing.Wallace's decision to hang it up was partly a result of Dale Earnhardt's untimely death. Dale had established himself as one of the all time greats, accumulated considerable wealth, started his own race team, and was witnessing his son beginning the journey to taking over his mantle when he passed away all too soon. In an interview with Darrell Waltrip that year, Rusty regretted that Dale never had a chance to reflect on it all in his rocking chair.One might have wondered whether similar thoughts of hanging up the gloves were on the minds of Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart after their calamitous Vegas experiences.

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Tearing Apart the Trucks : Joey Clanton Replaced

Just a few days after finishing 32nd in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway, it was announced that Joey Clanton and Roush Fenway Racing had parted ways. Clanton just made the move with his truck number and sponsor, Zaxby's, from Wood Brothers / JTG Racing to Roush Fenway during the offseason after sharing the truck with Stacy Compton for the 2007 season.

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BSNews! Gordon Gets Support From A Special Friend, And NASCAR On Steroids?

*Las Vegas, NV* -- After suffering an extremely hard hit to the backstretch infield wall this past Sunday in Las Vegas, Jeff Gordon called on track owner Bruton Smith to fix what he called a serious problem."Bruton, you need a soft wall, and to change the wall back there on the back straightaway," said Gordon. "Thankfully, Brian France builds an unbelievable race car, because that's the hardest I've ever hit."Vegas officials were quick to react to Gordon's statements."We began evaluating that section of the speedway today," said Las Vegas Motor Speedway officials, presumably speaking on Bruton's behalf. "As we have done since the SAFER barrier program began, we will work with NASCAR, and we will do whatever it recommends."And just what does NASCAR recommend? BSNews senior reporter Jack Sophalotte asked Brian France during a recent phone interview.

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Fanning the Flames: Palm Sweat, Vegas Blackjack, And Taking Your Chances With The NSCRC

*Q: Hi Matt! I love the "podcasts,":http://www.athlonsports.com/racing/inside-racing-podcast and Tom is great on them. I wish they were longer, like an hour-long podcast.**Have you heard anything about the rumor of Tony Stewart going to Richard Childress Racing and having UPS as his main sponsor?* _— Aggie (way way up in frozen Canada)_*A:* Wow, that's a juicy one — almost as good as the Stewart to Hendrick hearsay. Honestly, I have nothing to report on Stewart's 2009 plans, but the longer he puts off the contract talks, the more speculation will grow.

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Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off : What is Right with Stock Car Racing

More than occasionally, I am chided by readers for being too negative about the sport I cover. I am labeled a prophet of gloom and doom; though all too often, my predictions have borne out. That raises a question in some reader's minds as to why I continue covering a sport that gets me so angry sometimes rather than spending Sunday afternoons on the lake, in the saddle, or cruising in my old Pontiac. To be truthful, I've asked myself the same question many times; and I did, in fact, take a summer off once. But time after time, I come back to the same answer -- I watch stock car racing and I write about the sport because I love it. Perhaps I'm not infatuated with today's NASCAR "product," but I know just how good it once was -- and more importantly, how good it still could be. Over the years, stock car racing has provided me with a ton of thrills, joy, friends and yes, a way to make a living without having to get out of bed early on a Monday morning. So in answer to a challenge posted this week by a reader, here's my account of what's right with stock car racing -- even in the form in which it exists today.

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: Kobalt Tools 500

After a weekend in Sin City, there are always those select few who fly home happy after hitting the jackpot... and just as many who wind up emptyhanded after going bust. Case in point : if your fantasy team last week had Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, and Matt Kenseth on it, you're probably feeling a bit of that post-Vegas hangover; but if you went with Carl Edwards, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Greg Biffle, you're probably still at the slot machine collecting your coins. Such was the roller coaster race that was last weekend, with treacherous track conditions and an unusual mistake at the finish turning the fantasy world upside down.Now, the circuit heads back East; but don't expect the change of scenery to stop this roller coaster season just yet. The high speeds of Atlanta Motor Speedway, combined with the new car configuration, could present some challenges for more than a few teams -- letting other surprises shine through the cracks in the process. So, which drivers will come out of the woodwork to help you keep the heat on your competition, and who's on their way to crashing and burning once again? Read this week's Fantasy Picks and Pans to find out.

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Jason Keller Atlanta Preview

Jason Keller No. 11 America’s Incredible Pizza Company Racing Chevrolet Nicorette 300 Atlanta Motor Speedway Saturday, March 8, 2008 JASON KELLER/ CJM RACING TEAM FAST FACTS: ·         This will be the team’s first visit to Atlanta Motor Speedway since entering into the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) ·         America’s Incredible Pizza …

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Mirror Driving : Tires Making You Pout? Will Carl’s Penalty Have Some Clout? And Mark Martin … Spinning Someone Out?

*After both California and Las Vegas, it seems that tire issues could be a problem with the new car on intermediate tracks. How can this be remedied before this safety issue gets out of hand?*Tony: I think bringing a few drivers to one of these tracks for a tire session would be helpful; and with the testing restrictions, I think you will have your fair share of volunteers. Kurt: When do tire problems ever get remedied, though? It seems as though Goodyear is always struggling to bring the right "compound" to the track. Tommy: I don't think it was all that obvious that there were tire problems in the first place. Some of the faster teams had issues; but they were probably also the ones aggressive with their front end geometry.

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Frontstretch Power Rankings: Top 15 After Las Vegas

How The Rankings Are Calculated: Frontstretch does their power rankings somewhat similar to how the Associated Press does them for basketball or football -- writers on our staff will vote for the Top 20 on a 20-19-18-17-16-15...3-2-1 basis, giving 20 points to their first place driver, 19 for their second, and so on. In the end, Mike Neff calculates the points, adds some funny one liners, and ... voila! You have the power rankings from our dedicated staff.

So, without further ado ... here's our latest Power Rankings following Las Vegas.

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