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Running Their Mouth : Gateway 250

"It's been a long time since we won, and we knew we had a good shot coming in here. Everybody on the team was real excited about coming in here, and the car was just dominant all night. I'm just real proud of everybody. We knew we had a good car after practice - we didn't know it was going to be this good, though." _Reed Sorenson on his Busch Series victory_ "I don't know who's driving the 24 - he looks like a 10-year-old out there. He waved me by, then he ran into me." _Mike Bliss on 18-year-old Landon Cassill_ "(As far as the wreck), I was down on the yellow line as far as I could go, where I was supposed to be. I don't know whether he checked up or he came down the track." _Landon Cassill on Mike Bliss_

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ESPN To Debut Innovative DISH Tech Center in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Coverage

ESPN, which is presenting the most technologically-advanced coverage of NASCAR in motorsports television history, will take that technology to another level with the debut of the innovative ESPN DISH Tech Center mobile television studio in the network’s NASCAR NEXTEL Cup coverage beginning this weekend at Indianapolis. The ESPN’ DISH Tech …

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Bowles-Eye: NASCAR Veterans Can’t Outrace Father Time

I grew up watching Sterling Marlin at his best. With baited breath as a fourteen-year-old teen, I watched the final laps of the 1995 Daytona 500, leaning a little too close to the television in anticipation that this would be the year the great Dale Earnhardt, Sr. would finally win his first Great American Race. On fresher tires as the laps wound down, Earnhardt cut through the field like a knife, fighting his way from the back to the front with ease - but in the end, he could do no better then second place. Instead, it was the man driving a Kodak Chevrolet legendary for its Daytona performances who kept both the Intimidator and the rest of the pack at bay. As Sterling Marlin crossed the line first to take his second straight Daytona 500, he wrote his name in the record books - only Cale Yarborough and Richard Petty had pulled off back-to-back victories since the race began in 1959. How Marlin held the charging Earnhardt off to do so was restrictor plate driving at its best, one of the better Daytona 500 races I can remember. But as the sport marched on and the years have passed, there's now a different car creeping up behind Marlin's rear bumper. At the wheel is Father Time - getting stronger with each passing lap - and with a perfect record of catching up to everyone in front of him.

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Busch Breakdown: Gateway 250

*In A Nutshell:* It's been a season of struggles for Reed Sorenson in the Nextel Cup Series this year. Mired in 28th in the standings and in the midst of a sophomore slump, the 21-year-old Georgian has simply spent the better part of the past few months just trying to keep his job at Chip Ganassi Racing. A Busch Series win should do more than enough to help that cause.

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Best of Turn 5 – Phil Can’t Find The Rule Book, Either

What follows is part two of our eight-part Best of Turn 5 series. Haven't caught on to the adventures of Phil Filler and his underfunded racing team, trying to make it big while making the switch from Demolition Derby to NASCAR Nextel Cup? Well, here's your chance to get caught up...or, for you longtime fans, simply laugh all over again. Read on and get hooked to Frontstretch's original racing cartoon.

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Tearing Apart the Trucks : Mid Season Review

The Craftsman Truck Series is going into their twelfth off weekend of the season, and beside Travis Kvapil and Mike Beam getting penalized for infractions at Kentucky, not much is going on. But the truck series has passed an important milestone. Saturday night's race at Kentucky was race number 13 in the 25 race season. We have officially made it past the halfway point of the season. So how is everything going with the truck series? Mike Skinner has been the class of the series since the beginning of the season. He opened the season with his worst starting position of the year; ninth. Two weeks later, Skinner began a stretch of six poles in a row; he has seven this season. He holds the current series record for leading the most consecutive races at 13 and is only the second truck series driver over 50 to win a race; Joe Ruttman is the other. As the weeks go on, Skinner's season is looking more and more like his championship season in 1995.

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A Sunday Without Racing?! Whatever Shall I Do?

I keep thinking there's a race on Sunday. Yes, logically, I KNOW the Nextel Cup Series is off this week, but my brain is in denial or something. There's a Busch Series race Saturday night, and I'll be keeping tabs on that one, but Sunday seems a little empty. Not, mind you, that I don't have anything to do. OK, the truth is, I didn't make any plans for Sunday because I'd forgotten about the week off (and I should be grateful because it's the last one of the season on the Nextel Cup side) and face it, most of my family and friends know better than to drag me off on a Sunday. So…I'm going to take a look at all the things I can get done on Sunday-and the reality.

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