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Patience Equals Power For Tony Stewart As Both Owner And Driver

_He that can have patience, can have what he will._ - Benjamin Franklin For over a decade, Tony Stewart was never confused with being a patient man. After all, the driver nicknamed Smoke for his infamous temper tantrums on and off the track won his first Cup title while under probation for punching a track photographer after a bad day. Those types of incidents throughout his career left more than a few skeptics on the fence this season as Stewart made his debut as an owner/driver in NASCAR. For them, it wasn't a matter of _if_ he could keep his frustrations from boiling over into an ugly mess... but when. Turns out somewhere during these last three months, Stewart found a way to turn down the heat on that stove.

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Five Points to Ponder: NASCAR Notes From The Week

*Claritin unclear* Apparently, this whole Jeremy Mayfield soap opera isn’t going away anytime soon. The latest episode saw Mayfield in the infield at Lowe’s Saturday night for the Sprint Showdown, a violation of the terms surrounding his indefinite suspension. He was eventually escorted off the premises... but not before taking some more shots at the sport that banned him in the first place. A defiant Mayfield claimed he is considering legal action to override his suspension, and currently has no plans to go through the rehab process -- a requirement in order for reinstatement to be considered.

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Tracking the Trucks: 2009 North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte

*In a Nutshell:* Ron Hornaday, Jr. took the checkered flag 1.669 seconds ahead of Kyle Busch to win the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 Friday night at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Hornaday, Jr. held off a hard charge from Busch on the final restart with 23 laps remaining to score his 40th career Camping World Truck Series win. Matt Crafton, Ryan Newman, and Terry Cook rounded out the Top 5. *Who Should Have Won: Kyle Busch.* Busch started on the pole after the field was set by owner's points due to a qualifying rainout.

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Big Six: 2009 Sprint All-Star Race

*Who…gets my shoutout of the race?* I’m going to take a hard right turn from the norm and award a winner in this. He wasn’t the million-dollar winner, but I’d be willing to bet that *Sam Hornish, Jr.* felt like a million dollars after winning the Sprint Showdown. While not an official points race, the victory was Hornish’s first in a stock car. While due credit should be given to improving Penske equipment, Hornish is doing a fair job of steady improvement himself these days. Sure, the big names werne’t there to contend with, but Hornish proved his mettle against the best of the rest on Saturday.

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NASCAR News for Sunday, May 17, 2009

Mayfield Considering Legal Action Jeremy Mayfield is not planning on accepting his indefinite suspension from NASCAR sitting down. He fully intends to dispute his penalties. However, under the Drug testing policy that NASCAR, his suspension cannot be appealed through the typical channels. As a result, Mayfield is considering potential legal …

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Tony Stewart Claims the 2009 All-Star Race

Tony Stewart became the second owner/driver to win the All-Star race when he was the first driver to take the checkered flag on Saturday night. Stewart passed Matt Kenseth with two laps to go and held on to take the win in the 25th running of NASCAR’s All-Star race. Kenseth took the lead from Kyle Busch with six laps to go after Jeff Gordon lost the lead and then crashed out of the race two laps into the final segment.

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Brian France on the Current Events in NASCAR

Friday afternoon Brian France, the chairman and CEO of NASCAR, took some time to share his views on the current events facing the sport. From the economy, to Chrysler’s bankruptcy, to TV ratings, to the very current issues of drug testing in the sport. Here are some highlights of his comments.

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NASCAR Should Reconsider The Four Car Per Team Rule

At Darlington this past weekend, three of the top five finishing cars were from Hendrick Motorsports. The other two got their engines from Hendrick. A part time Hendrick team finished seventh, making six out of the top seven either Hendrick or Hendrick-affiliated teams. It was domination from one team that has rarely been seen in a single event. Looking through the glasses of NASCAR’s never-ending push for parity, it’s easy to look at the Darlington results and conclude that bigger teams have too much of an upper hand in this sport. That’s what glasses do. NASCAR’s well-meaning solution has been to place a limit on how many cars a team can field. Jack Roush is going to soon have to make a decision about whether to let go of David Ragan or Jamie McMurray, assuming he wants to hold on to Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards, which is a safe assumption. As a result, one of those two drivers will be out of a ride and a team will be looking for work in what is not a promising economy. And none of that is going to make Robby Gordon any faster.

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After 25 Years of All-Star Races, One Really Stands Out, But Not For the Racing

With the 25th running of the All-Star race coming up Saturday night, I was supposed to write a column about memorable All-Star Races...or something like that. You know, standard rundown of the big moments. But the problem with that reared its ugly head in oh, about 30 seconds. I don’t really remember any. Sure, I could go to the highlight reels, but considering that everyone and their brother has done that, and on TV, with film to back it up--well, suffice it to say that didn’t do it for me. There have been moments for sure. I’ll admit a small measure of something like, oh, say complete and utter glee following Kyle Busch’s spin a couple of years ago at the moment I realized that he was going to take Kurt with him. But I’m not proud of being happy that someone wrecked, and besides, I couldn’t tell you who actually won that race, which is, after all, the point.

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Kenny Wallace Driver Diary: Getting Better Every Week

Our team put a lot of effort into a new short track car. We went to Phoenix with it, and I really thought we were going to have a good run. We had an unexpected motor change before the race, and when they dropped the green flag, we made one lap and a darn coil wire fell out, of all things. We came in and put the coil wire back in, and then went back out. The car was fast. But it’s kind of hard to go out when you’re nine laps down and you don’t want to get yourself in any trouble. After that, we went to Talladega. We had a good run there, and drove the car accordingly. My car owner thought there would be a big wreck, but it was a smooth race, uncharacteristic for Talladega. Everybody wanted to finish. We’re so used to going to Talladega and everybody wanting to wreck so we approached the race in wreck mode. My car owner can’t afford me to be wrecking cars. If we wreck too many cars, it puts us out of business. Although I love to race and put myself up there, we had to go ahead and race on defense.

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