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Racing at the Beach: Earnhardt Tries His Best & Comes Up Short, 1990-93

Dale Earnhardt must have felt his blood pressure rise whenever he recalled the Daytona 500 of 1990, and who can blame him? For another driver, though, it was the high point of his career altogether.

Ken Schrader won the pole position for the third straight year, continuing his streak of every event since the restrictor plate was reintroduced at Daytona. Schrader’s luck turned bad in the first qualifier, however, as a last lap crash wiped out the car and forced Schrader to a backup.

That’s History Profile: Buddy Baker

Wylie Baker Jr., better know to racing fans as Buddy, was born January 25, 1941, in Florence, S.C., the son of the late Buck Baker, himself a Hall of Fame NASCAR driver. Buddy began his NASCAR career in 1959 at the age of 17, finishing 14th driving a car for his father at Columbia, S.C. in NASCAR’s convertible division. He would win his first race in 1967 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway’s National 500, driving the No. 3 Dodge Charger for owner Ray Fox. For Buddy, the accelerator pedal wasn’t so much a linear control used to modulate engine power as it was an on/off switch.

Holding a Pretty Wheel: DEI’s Impossible Dream

When Dale Earnhardt Jr. told the racing world on Wednesday that he wants majority interest in DEI, it brought to a head a contract-and life-dispute that has likely been brewing far longer than most of us know. Six years after the death of Dale Earnhardt, the empire is as big as it ever was – three Nextel Cup entries in the stable, the most popular driver in Dale Jr., the race results improving every week of last season. But has DEI traveled the road that Earnhardt had envisioned?

Racing at the Beach: Out with the Old and In with the New, 1986-1990

For Dale Earnhardt fans, the 1986 Daytona 500 is one of the “big ones that got away.” Earnhardt had a strong week, but the bad luck at Daytona he shared with Darrell Waltrip and Buddy Baker reared its ugly head again. After the way he had dominated the ’85 Daytona 500, Bill Elliott was a heavy favorite that year. He didn’t disappoint anyone on pole day either, claiming the pole for the race at over 205 mph for the second year in a row. “Hoo-Ray” hollered the Elliott fans.

The Busch Series: Cup Lite?

Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth, Clint Bowyer and Kevin Harvick. Hmm, where have we seen these names before? They’ve all been through the Busch Series the first time, but they’ve come back for more. Why?

BSNews! Daytona Beach P.D. Named “Official Security Attachment” of NASCAR (and More!)

Daytona Beach, Fla. – From a press conference held outside his Daytona Beach condominium, NASCAR CEO Brian France announced today that the entire Daytona Beach Police Department will serve as NASCAR’s own private security force. The new force will be formally known as the “Official Security Attachment For Racing” or OSAFR, (pronounced ‘oss-a-fer’). OSAFR will begin its official association with NASCAR at the onset this year’s Daytona 500.

Scanner Static: NASCAR Fans, Let’s Talk

Introductions are in order. My name is Matt Taliaferro, and I’ll be one of your guides through a predictably unpredictable Nextel Cup season here on Frontstretch. I’m a “newbie” around here, a term the rest of the Frontstretch staff seems to love, as they’ve taken great joy in throwing the word around like Rusty with a water bottle at Bristol. As I was trying to say, as Scanner Static’s new “Static-stitian” I’ll be available throughout the week with any questions you may have concerning all things NASCAR. Whether you want a serious answer to a serious question, to slam me for something I said the week prior or you simply want to vent, this is an ideal forum in which to do so.

Racing at the Beach: Smaller Cars, Fairy Tales & Passing the Torch, 1981-1985

The 1981 Daytona 500 marked the debut of the so called “little” cars, with a 110-inch wheelbase as opposed to the 115 inches on the old reliable Monte Carlos and Cutlasses most teams had been running for years. The teams and drivers approached that year’s event with a large degree of trepidation.

Mirror Driving: Is Crocker’s Career Cracked to Pieces? Does Montoya Take The Pressure Off Everyone Else?

It was officially announced this week that Erin Crocker is scaling back her schedule to run only 12 ARCA races and four Busch Series races this year. Is this the begininng of the end, or can she make it back and become a success after all that happened this year?

Jeff Burton Once Again a Victim of Corporate Insanity

Jeff Burton, veteran driver for Richard Childress Racing, may be feeling a little singled out by corporate America as it becomes more and more likely that he will lose his primary sponsorship from Cingular Wireless through no fault of his or his team. The latest saga in Burton’s sponsorship woes centers on AT&T’s recent acquisition of BellSouth/Cingular and the assumed changing of the Cingular identity logo to reflect AT&T’s ownership of them. NASCAR, as part of their series sponsorship agreement with Nextel Wireless had agreed contractually that no teams may acquire sponsorship from companies competing with Nextel. Or, as in the No. 31’s case, change their sponsor’s name.