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Pos Owner Car No. Points From 35th PPos G/L 20 Denny Hamlin 11 295 83 31 11 21 David Gilliland 38 285 73 21 0 22 Jeff Gordon 24 284 72 14 -8 23 Clint Bowyer 07 281 69 19 -4 24 Juan Pablo Montoya 42 276 64 27 3 …

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An Open Letter to the Unsung Heroes of Racing

To the Emergency Workers and Officials at California Speedway: I don't envy your jobs. You (and hundreds like you at tracks big and small, across the country and back) work in anonymity, but you have an awesome responsibility placed on your shoulders. You don't know, when you get to that next car, what you are going to find, and you go anyway. Many times emergency crews are criticized for their slow response time to an on-track incident. On Sunday, in a business where seconds count, too slow can be the space of one heartbeat, but you didn't wait even that long.

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Fontana Won’t Be The Last

It's fairly easy and sometimes fun to fire both literary barrels at the governing body of NASCAR. Heaven knows they make easy targets of themselves. The brass makes weighty decisions that are often detrimental to the sport (although they are never penalized for it under 12-4-Q or whatever), and their "innovations" don't often endear them to fans. I've been known to say more than once that I'd be willing to pay more for a race ticket to send Brian France on a permanent vacation to Bermuda or somewhere. Still, a columnist doesn't want to keep grinding out the same stuff all of the time. It's negative, for one thing, and Tom Bowles has asked us all to try to be more upbeat about the sport occasionally. He has a point. Certainly so in my case. But the events of last Sunday and Monday even got his goat, and I thought that, downbeat as this column may be, it's sort of a look at things to come. Sometimes, it's difficult to find something positive to say. Besides, it was news.

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Tim Richmond: Truimph, Tragedy and Betrayal

The story of Tim Richmond as a racecar driver and personality is best suited for the big screen. It is so full of triumph, betrayal and tragedy as to capture the interest of not only avid followers of stock car racing, but those that have never followed the sport. In fact, it led to a Tim Richmond-inspired movie titled "Days of Thunder"--though there were some parallels between Richmond and the movie's lead character, Cole Trickle, played by actor Tom Cruise, the writers elected to follow a largely fictitious story line. The real Tim Richmond Story is one that has yet to be made, and if it is, will be so much more captivating than the 1990 Hollywood blockbuster. To racing fans, Tim Richmond's emergence onto the NASCAR scene in 1981 required many to readjust their images of the typical stock car driver. Richmond did not fall into the familiar stereotypical gritty, rags-to-riches, rural southern driver that dominated the Winston Cup Scene of that era. Far from it...

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Picks N Pans: UAW Dodge 400

Round three of the Cup series will take place in the desert West as the circuit heads to Las Vegas for the UAW-Dodge 400. The reconfigured Las Vegas Motor Speedway is set to offer up some very intense racing with its variable banking. As the teams continue to figure out this new car configuration, the passing on the track becomes more and more prevalent. Hopefully fans are appreciating the fact that cars are actually making passes for the lead on the track this year. To see which drivers our experts think will make the passes that count and end up in the front or rear this weekend, read on in this weeks Picks ‘n' Pans.

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Nuts For Nationwide : New Sponsor, Same Old Issues

If you'll forgive me for going all Jean Girard on you, the first two weeks of the Nationwide Series bring to mind a line from an old French proverb; "Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose." Or in other words, the more things change the more they stay the same. With a couple of races of the 2008 season now in the books we've already seen a number of issues that have bedeviled the second most popular motorsport in America over the past couple of years; domination of moonlighting Cup drivers, "Start and Park" entrants, incomplete fields and a plethora of sponsor related issues. For the incoming title sponsor, Nationwide, none of these problems can be considered surprises but one thing is for sure, they are issues that are unlikely to go away until they're addressed at the highest level. Results-wise, it's been the Stewart and Busch show with the Joe Gibbs Racing drivers finishing first and second in both races. In Daytona, Stewart led only the final three laps and won by the scant margin of just .259 seconds.

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CJM Racing in Sin City

Jason KellerNo. 11 CJM Racing ChevroletSam’s Town 300Las Vegas Motor SpeedwaySaturday, March 1, 2008    JASON KELLER/ CJM RACING TEAM FAST FACTS:·         This will be the team’s first visit to Las Vegas Motor Speedway since entering into the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS)·         CJM Racing is still searching for a full-time …

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Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off : Toyota’s Here .. And There Goes The Neighborhood

Kudzu, a Japanese import, was introduced to the United States in 1876 during the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition. The fast growing vine with its massive root structure was said to be a valuable ally in preventing soil erosion, particularly in the Southeast portion of the United States where the climate was perfect for the plant. In fact, the U.S. government spent a lot of money planting Kudzu down South; and in one of the classic cases of the Law of Unintended Consequences, it did, in fact, flourish in the United States. But Kudzu hasn't exactly done what it's supposed to; with no natural enemies, the vine took over its habitat, eliminating native plants in many areas and making a perfect, if seemingly undefeatable, enemy for Southern farmers. Tens of millions of dollars have been spent on trying to eradicate Kudzu -- but it still flourishes in many areas, even to this day. OK, I don't write about botany; and my only real experience with gardening came back during my long ago ill-spent youth, when another non-indigenous weed (said to have been imported to keep railroad ties from rotting in wet climates) was part of daily life. So, where am I going with this? It's to point out an eerie similarity of sorts. Another non-native species has become part of NASCAR's culture over the past five years, threatening to eradicate all those competing against it -- and that's Toyota.

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Disturbing Trends and Subliminal Programming — Straight From NASCAR’s Fuel Tank

So far this year, I have been surprisingly pleased overall with the quality of racing -- when the Cup Series _has_ raced, of course -- that the new Brian France named "car" has produced. (Got to send kudos out to the Big BF for coming up with such a clever name for it!) Regardless, the Daytona 500 was as close as they get; and this last weekend's race, at the silliest named track on the circuit, wasn't as "all wet" as usual. Well, it was, actually -- but it was in a physical sense, and not the usual boring racing sense. There have been, however, two disturbing trends I have noticed this season, ones which I pray will stop in their tracks as February fades into March. The first deals with one of NASCAR's most obnoxious and self-inflated "Official" sponsors, Sunoco.

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From Snake Eyes To Box Cars : Sizing Up NASCAR Odds In Vegas

With the old adage that the "bookies never lose" notwithstanding, and NASCAR's annual date with Sin City just a couple days away, now seems as good a time as ever to put up some odds you might (or might not) see throughout the 2008 NASCAR season... -- *All bets are off*: Juan Pablo Montoya employing another "Scott Pruett special" on a teammate (or any other driver for that matter) if he's running second with the race on the line. *2-1*: Odds that corporate pitchman extraordinaire, Michael Waltrip, gets NAPA into the first five words of every radio or TV appearance. *3-1*: Chances of a Robby Gordon-related controversy _on the track_ before the start of the Chase. Double your money if he celebrates a win after being black flagged.

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