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Gordon vs. Earnhardt, Jr. – Let the Slings And Arrows Fly

Last Sunday at Talladega, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. pushed Jeff Gordon to the lead in the UAW-Ford 500. That wasn't the first time Earnhardt has helped Gordon get to the front, but it very well may be his last. After Gordon was taken out of the race by someone else's mistake in the race's semi-annual "Big One," he was quick to rake Earnhardt, Jr. over the coals for what Gordon considered excessive bump drafting. When Junior found out, he made the observation that Gordon doesn't mind when he benefits from people's assistance, as long as it suits him...

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Loyalty Is One Thing, Blind Stupidity Is Another

Sometimes - and it only happens about 3 times a year - sometimes, something happens on the track that evokes the best and worst out of all the fans that follow NASCAR week in, week out. It usually involves one or two of the most popular drivers, and it induces opinions fed by loyalty, which, at times, one may think becomes stronger than the belief in God himself. The last lap at Talladega this past week produced just such an incident, and the reaction by fans this week has done nothing but back up the theory of extreme loyalty I just mentioned above.

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Battle Royale…with Trucks?

There's a championship battle heating up, and it's not in Nextel Cup with its made for TV, NFL-wannabe Chase (although those points are artificially tight). It's not in the NASCAR Busch Series, either - that title could be wrapped up as soon as Friday night, even though there's still five races remaining in the season. No, the points race this year finds itself in the Craftsman Truck Series...where things find themselves just getting heated up.

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Race Trax : Bank of America 500

*On Track* The Bank of America 500 is the thirty-first race on the 36-race NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Schedule. The Cup Series visits the 1.5-mile Lowe's Motor Speedway twice a year - Kasey Kahne won the Coca-Cola 600 at the track in May. LMS has hosted the Nextel Cup Series each year since opening in 1960.

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Riggs Nips Teammate Kahne for Bud Pole

Scott Riggs was probably the only guy Kasey Kahne worried about when it came to challengers for the Bud Pole Thursday night. It turns out he was right to be concerned. Kahne was sitting comfortably at the head of the field for most of the qualifying session until his Ray Evernham Racing teammate came out late in the going and blew his fast lap right off the board.

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Kahne Stakes Out Top Spot in Busch Series Too

Kasey Kahne is really good on tracks configured like Lowe's Motor Speedway and he drove that point home by posting the fastest time in the opening Busch Series practice session to match his performance on the Cup side of the fence. Kahne set fast time with a lap of 184.055 mph in the No. 9 Wisk Dodge and was the only driver to break the 184 mph mark. Jimmie Johnson posted the second fastest lap at 183.511 mph while Jeff Burton, Dave Blaney, and Regan Smith rounded out the top five fastest. Smith's fifth place time in the No. 35 McDonald's Ford is best among Busch Series regulars so far.

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Evernham Teams Invade Johnson’s House

The first practice session for Nextel Cup Series teams has just ended and the three teams of Ray Evernham have planted themselves firmly at the top of the speed charts. Kasey Kahne was fastest in the No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge with a speed of 187.279 mph on a track where many expected he would do well and perhaps have a shot to pull back into Chase competition. Teammate Scott Riggs posted the second fastest speed at 187.266 mph. They were the only two drivers over 187 mph. Kurt Busch was the only driver to break the Evernham stranglehold on the top spots, slotting in to third while Elliott Sadler in the third Evernham Dodge was fourth fastest and Mark Martin rounded out the top five.

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ESPN Looking Forward to Coming Home

ESPN personalities will tell you that it happens time and again; NASCAR fans approach them and comment on how much they enjoyed the coverage the cable network provided to their favorite sport and how much they miss that coverage since it virtually disappeared following the 2000 season.

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Join Frontstretch Live at Lowe’s Motor Speedway!

Frontstretch is live all weekend from Lowe's Motor Speedway for the Dollar General 300 Busch Series race and the Bank of America 500 for the Nextel Cup Series. Today we will bring you live updates on Busch Series practice, Nextel Cup Series practice and Nextel Cup Series Bud Pole Qualifying. First up will be Nextel Cup Series practice which begins at 3:30 PM. Busch Series teams take to the track for their first practice session at 5:10 PM with a 30 minute Raybestos Rookie practice session for Busch Series drivers following at 6:25 PM. The big event for the day is Nextel Cup Series Bud Pole qualifying scheduled to start at 7:10 PM.

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Scanner Static : Vickers Gets In A Parting Shot

*Q: I'm no fan of Jimmie Johnson or Dale Earnhardt Jr. - I pull for the Roush cars on race day - but I had to get a laugh out of the way Talladega ended. Hendrick shuts Brian Vickers out of his team meetings after years of making him run races with crappy stuff and rookies in the pits. Then, Vickers finally wins a race on his way out, giving ol' Rick the finger in the process and putting Jimmie Johnson out of the Chase picture. I think Vickers is a helluva talent, and I'm glad to see him develop some stones.* _Blue Oval_ *A:* I'm happy for Brian Vickers from the standpoint that I do think he's been running without quite the level of support the other Hendrick drivers get, and it was clearly important for him to win before he left the No. 25 to honor the memory of best friend Ricky Hendrick.

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