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Mirror Driving: Darlington On Steroids?, The Rookies Rally, And NASCAR On Drugs

*Jeremy Mayfield stated that his positive drug test was the result of a mix of legal prescription and over-the-counter drugs - in effect, a false positive. Did NASCAR do the right thing with its "suspend first, ask questions later" reaction, or should they have ordered and waited for a more complete toxicology test and report… even given that some tests may take several weeks before results are available?* Mike N.: They did the right thing. It is better for them to err on the side of caution, because you just cannot take someone's word for it when the test states something different. Kurt: All I can say is that denials are often untrue. In a perfect world, I would say wait; but in racing, I don't think NASCAR should take the chance.

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The Southern 500 and Darlington: Same As It Ever Was, Only Different

Saturday night’s Southern 500 at Darlington was more than just a trip down memory lane. The walls weren’t the only things that were a throwback at the minnow pond "Too Tough To Tame." Oh, sure, there were the usual reminders of how things have changed – the Car of Tomorrow, the race being run on a Saturday night in May instead of Labor Day weekend, Kyle Busch giving yet another tired, predictable, curt, and testy response before sprinting away like Usain Bolt after downing some tainted Taco Bell – but much like the last few weeks of racing, it was a refreshing look at no matter how much the face of racing has changed here, many things still remain the same.

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Frontstretch Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 Southern 500

Frontstretch Power Rankings
The track too tough to tame may have a new surface, but she’s that same old fickle girl. The rankings may not have taken a DNF, but they certainly earned their stripe. Former Champions are hogging the top of the rankings, with one interloper who has been so close, so many times. There were some surprising drops and some not so surprising rises this week in the rankings. Read on to see if your driver stayed off of the wall or ended up in the minnow pond this weekend during the Southern 500.

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Full Throttle: Why Not Celebrate The Past During All-Star Weekend?

After 60 years of racing, Darlington Raceway celebrated this past weekend. Cale Yarborough was the pace car driver. The walls of the track were painted in red and white like the old school days. David Pearson, Junior Johnson, Buddy Baker, Ned Jarrett and Richard Petty were all there being celebrated …

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NASCAR News for Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Changes Made to No. 41 Cup Team Following Mayfield Suspension After Jeremy Mayfield’s indefinite suspension for a failed drug test at Richmond was announced last weekend at Darlington, Mayfield Motorsports has had to make serious changes to continue running in the Sprint Cup Series. Since Mayfield is an owner/driver, his …

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This Bud’s Not For Kasey: After Killer Start, The Only Way For Kahne To Go Is Up

As the curtain closed on another Southern 500 Saturday night, the Lady In Black shined brightly on three of the four cars at Richard Petty Motorsports. Elliott Sadler, A.J. Allmendinger, and Reed Sorenson persevered to hard-fought top 20 finishes, battling back from miserable starts as they looked to turn their seasons around. As for their teammate Kasey Kahne? He was simply nowhere to be found. The final results listed the No. 9 Budweiser Dodge the first car one lap down in 23rd... nothing to write home about on a night in which the red and white car wound up all but forgotten at the finish.

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Is Catching Mayfield Enough? NASCAR Should Have No Restraint When It Comes to Drug Testing

Just as Major League Baseball’s new era of drug policing caught perhaps its biggest name yet in Manny Ramirez, just last week NASCAR’s enhanced drug testing policy snared the most notable driver in recent memory for substance abuse in Jeremy Mayfield, a two-time Chase contender and current Sprint Cup owner. After the positive test was announced just prior to Saturday night's race at Richmond, the veteran has been sidelined indefinitely and prevented from even associating his name with the No. 41 Toyota he's driven since February.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Hot in Sprint Cup: 2009 Southern 500 Edition

If you are a sheet metal supplier and you live in or near the Charlotte, North Carolina area, congratulations -- you are about to be very rich. The first ever Springtime version of the Southern 500 may have been a potent mixture of high speeds on newer pavement -- but it also led to the same danger of race cars marring themselves with Darlington Stripes. As the race’s 367 laps wore on, many teams, both HOT and COLD, experienced and inexperienced, fell by the wayside at the feisty hands of the Track Too Tough To Tame, pushing the night’s caution total to a record-setting 17. In the end, a patient, steady veteran in Mark Martin may have been the star of the show, but rookies Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski also cracked the top 10 to show the Lady In Black isn't afraid to reward both young and old. With another challenging race in the books and a tight points battle remaining that way, here's the scoop on the HOT, WARM, and COLD drivers of the week as the Sprint Cup Series prepares for its annual All-Star Race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.

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Talking NASCAR TV: Some Thoughts About In Car Cameras In Between Spotty Darlington Coverage

Hello, race fans. Hope you enjoyed this weekend’s racing from Darlington Raceway. I thought it was pretty good as well. Maybe a few too many cautions for my taste, but that’s okay. I cannot control that facet of races. I'm still kind of surprised that Sam Hornish’s spin late in the race did not cause a caution despite the fact that he slid nearly the entire length of the front stretch. Oh well. Enough about that stuff, let’s get to the review. Normally, I just critique the TV coverage of the races themselves, but I’ll start this weekend with coverage of Sprint Cup pole qualifying. I have two issues that I want to address here.

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 Southern 500

_Each week, we’ll go through media reports, interviews, PR, and all of our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Sprint Cup race, capturing the story of how the weekend unfolded. It’s the most original commentary you’ll ever find: the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of the drivers, crew members, and car owners themselves. This week, here’s a peek at what the drivers were thinking following the Southern 500 presented by GoDaddy.com at Darlington Raceway:_ "It feels great! This is unbelievable--just absolutely unbelievable. I want to thank the fans, Cheez-It, CARQUEST and Chevrolet for all their support, Alan Gustafson and this race team and the boss. Hey Rick (Hendrick, team owner), thank you man. Once we got out front, it was just easy. The car was awesome." _Mark Martin_

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