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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2008 Meijer 300

*In a Nutshell:* Joe Gibbs Racing scored its tenth win in 16 Nationwide Series races on Saturday night, and this time added a fourth winning driver to its roster. Joey Logano, after scoring his second consecutive pole award, scored his first career Nationwide Series win in convincing fashion, leading five times for 76 laps including the final 54. Logano took the lead for the final time on Lap 147 when he passed teammate Kyle Busch. Busch, who started at the rear of the field after missing qualifying due to running the Truck race at Michigan, rocketed to the front of the field and led 85 laps before wrecking himself late in the running in a single car incident. The win marked the seventh of the season for the No. 20 team and crew chief Dave Rogers. When asked about the talent of his new protege, Rogers said of Logano’s talent “Three starts, two poles, one win. He’s okay.”

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Tracking the Trucks: 2008 Cool City Customs 200

*In a Nutshell:* Erik Darnell took the checkered flag 0.005 seconds ahead of Johnny Benson to win the Cool City Customs 200 Saturday afternoon. Darnell survived a late race restart and a photo finish with Benson to score his first win since Kansas last April. Scott Speed narrowly beat Todd Bodine to finish third; Brendan Gaughan rounded out the Top 5. *Who Should Have Won: Todd Bodine. Bodine ran second in the first practice and led the final practice before qualifying third in his No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Toyota Tundra. Early in the race, Bodine was in place to become the beneficiary of contact between Mike Skinner and Jack Sprague and went on to lead 39 of the 100 laps run; Bodine finished fourth.

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Numbers Game: 2008 LifeLock 400

Numbers Game: LifeLock 400 by Kim DeHaven 1 Car that fell to the back of the field at the start of racing at Michigan. (No. 15 Paul Menard for an engine change) 2 Drivers that failed to qualify for the Cup race at Michigan. (No. 70 – Jason Leffler, No. …

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Boston Ventures Could Give Petty Enterprises a Bright Future-If They Remember the Past

It had to happen, really. Petty Enterprises’ announcement on Wednesday that they had sold a portion of the family business that has been around as long as NASCAR has been on the track was not really a surprise. But on some level, it is a disappointment. Boston Ventures, by all accounts, is a wealthy, stable company with pockets deep enough to fund new technology for the two-car team-and are even talking already of adding a third team to the stable. That part is help sorely needed. Petty Enterprises was a team that time had nearly passed by. A Contender a decade ago, the team was being left behind by technology--and its growing cost. The money that Boston Ventures appears eager to put into the team will be a welcome and necessary addition. It will take time, but if approached correctly, the team may return to a semblance of its former glory. Then why does it seem like the end of an era?

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Driven To The Past: 1967 – A Father’s Day Special

In the summer of 1967, I had a summer of racing that was the envy of my middle-school buddies and still, after all these years, at the forefront of my childhood memories. That is the year that the Thompson’s - “Big” Tommy and “Little” Tommy - attempted to set the USAC racing world on its ears. And to this day I have never been entirely sure why we attempted it. “Big” Tommy (that’s my Dad) was a racer extraordinaire as far as I was concerned. But the truth is Dad was a local racer that more often than not attempted to compete in race divisions at least two levels above what his finances could justify. To this day, I admire his resourcefulness and seemingly endless optimism that he could somehow, through sheer will and just being a little more innovative than his competitors, overcome his chronic lack of cash. On rare occasions, he would be successful, but more often than not, the disparity between his equipment and that of his better-financed peers would win out and leave him scratching his head and figuring how to “get ‘em next week.”

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David Reutimann Driver Diary: Some Dirt Trackin’ Fun While The No. 44 Moves On Up The Ladder

We’ve really had some good finishes in both series the last few weeks and I’m excited to be a part of Michael Waltrip Racing. We brought home a top 10 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, which was a career best for me at the Sprint Cup level. A 10th place finish for that event, which is a very tough race, proves the capabilities of this race team. We just need to start doing that on a more consistent basis and soon we’ll be in the situation where we’ll be finishing in the top five. Nashville is one of my favorite race tracks that we run on in the Nationwide Series and we almost brought home a victory last Saturday night. I really didn’t want to see that caution there at the end. Once the No. 2 car got under us, there was nothing more I could do. Still, I was really proud of the guys on the Aaron’s Dream Machine team, they put us in position to win and that’s all I can ask of them.

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Tearing Apart the Trucks: A Hypothetical ‘What If?’

This weekend, the drivers of the Craftsman Truck Series head to Michigan International Speedway for the Cool City Customs 200. Of course Kyle Busch will be running all three races, but I want to ponder a hypothetical question--what if there were no more Truck Series?

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Fanning the Flames: Investing, Qualifying, Red Flagging, And The Team Of Destiny

*Q: Hey Matt. I’m writing about another Matt, Matt Kenseth, who looks to have found the groove! He did the same thing in 2005 and made the Chase. They have momentum on their side. Is this a team of destiny or what!? Thanks!* _— Trace Stewart_ *A:* Team of destiny? Maybe, but we’re getting ahead of ourselves here, and chemistry is such a fickle thing. I talked to a crew chief before the season, and he expected a seamless transition atop the pit box from Robbie Reiser to Chip Bolin: "They’re the cornerstone of the Roush Fenway organization right now," he told me. "I don’t think the crew chief change is going to hurt. They’ve been talking about it for a couple years. It still takes some time to fully adapt, but there’ll be plenty of motivation for them to step it up."

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Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: Today’s Drivers Don’t Hold A Candle To Old School Toughness

The heat radiated and the sweat poured during Sunday’s Pocono 500. Drivers, fans, crewmen, and the media alike complained about the conditions throughout the long and arduous weekend. During pit stops, not only did cars stop for fuel, tires, and adjustments but also for ice, water, sandwiches, and whatever a behind-the-wall crew person could sneak through the window in under 15 seconds. After the race, staff in the infield care center treated drivers for dehydration and heat exhaustion. They all looked tired, drenched, and ready to slip into some fresh threads in the motorhome before hopping into the jet and heading home. Some drivers, like Dale Earnhardt, Jr., were so exhausted that they gave barely understandable interviews before shuffling away from the camera.

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A New Kind Of Schedule Proposal For NASCAR

_Official Columnist of NASCAR Kurt Smith has the week off, while he seeks the sand, waves, and adventures of Wildwood, NJ. In his absence, we at the Frontstretch have recycled one of his favorite commentaries from his days contributing to That’s Racin’, his suggestion for completely revamping the NASCAR schedule to fix some of the sport’s problems. It wasn’t well received at the time…one reader demanded to know what substance’s smoke Kurt had been inhaling…but neither was abolishing slavery. We hope you enjoy his ideas. –The Frontstretch_ NASCAR faces a dilemma with the schedule, among other things, and while they have handled it poorly, there are some difficult decisions that they have to make at times. I’ve thought of a change in the schedule that could solve a few of NASCAR’s current problems. It’s radical, but maybe it would work.

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