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Driven To The Past: Just Thinkin’ And Rememberin’

I’m tired of hearing all these technical explanations about engine failures. It was much better when the driver and crew chief just said, “It blew up.” Besides, all of these technical terms are ignoring the real reason that the cars run. We suspected the truth back in the day, but I never heard it explained quite as well as an old mechanic did in telling my son about it one day. Forget all that stuff about pistons, rods, camshafts, crankshafts, bearings, etc... What really makes a racing engine run is magic smoke. Ever notice all the smoke that comes out of a car before it falls out of a race?

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Kenny Wallace Driver Diary: The Mysterious Nationwide Schedule, Nashville, and Why I Love Baseball

Mexico City was taken off the schedule this year. We’re making up Mexico City with the Iowa date. I’m thrilled to death to be going to Iowa-I’ve tested there a couple of times and it seems like a really nice racetrack. We ran at Mexico City for five years, and it seemed like it was a good time to leave Mexico. It was a little bit hard to get any rhythm going at the start of the year. At one time we had two complete weeks off. It dawned on me how the drivers in the Camping World Truck Series must feel--guys like Todd Bodine and Ron Hornaday. They must feel like they don’t ever race. When Daytona starts, you pretty much know you’re going to race every week, but this year, the Nationwide Series had such an odd schedule.

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In Case You Missed It: Friday, April 17, 2009

Jack McCoy, Camping World West Series Champion, Dies at 72 Jack McCoy, the winningest driver in the Camping World West Series of NASCAR, passed away Tuesday. “Jack was a tremendous competitor and representative of NASCAR on the West Coast,” said Jim Hunter, NASCAR vice president of corporate communications. “Our thoughts …

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NASCAR News for Friday, April 17, 2009

Wild Card All-Star Driver Voting Begins The voting to determine who will be the wild card driver in this year’s All-Star Race in Charlotte has begun. Fans can vote at Sprint or at NASCAR’s website. Last year’s wild-card was Kasey Kahne, driver of the No. 9 Dodge for Evernham Motorsports. …

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Blue Smoke and Burnt Rubber: Chapter 5

Mesa Verde Race Park Chris leaned against the railing on the top of the hauler, the warm spring breeze somewhat easing the tension that coursed through him. The yellow lights flashed in the turns and the pace car brought the field down pit lane, avoiding the scattered sheet metal on …

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Side By Side: Does The NASCAR Points System Need An Overhaul?

*Today's Question : Seven races into the season, Jeff Gordon already holds a lead in the points so large, all he needs to do is start the race at Phoenix to maintain it no matter where he finishes. But even with such a large cushion, he wouldn't even be the point leader in the playoffs if the season ended today.* *Is this a sign our points system needs a major overhaul? Or should we keep things the way they are?*

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Fanning the Flames: Race Fans Throwing More TLC At TRG

*Concerning David Gilliland [from last week’s column], who exactly is TRG Motorsports? What’s their background, who owns it, and where did they come from? I’m impressed with what they’ve done with so little. I’d love to see one of the new low-budget teams find success.* _— Paul Mincey_ *A:* David and the boys have been getting a lot of love here in the Flame Pit over the last week. And it’s good to see a group that’s doing it the right way get a little pub.

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NASCAR Athletes: To Be Or Not To Be

A couple of weeks ago, an obscure journalist named Richie Whitt rose up once again and proved that the only wit he does possess is in his name. I say ‘once again’ because some of you long time readers may have some vague remembrance of having heard that name before, and you’d be correct. The last time Richie Whitt appeared silhouetted in my crosshairs was almost five yrs ago when he was a ‘free lance journalist’, in October of 2004. You may remember his ‘ground breaking’ expose of the group NAMRF (National Association of Minority Race Fans)…or you may not, which is totally understandable as you probably had forgotten all about the clown show that was NAMRF, too.

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Jeff Gordon: A Legend Amongst Us

Jeff Gordon’s win at Texas Motor Speedway was, without question, a long anticipated victory for the four-time NASCAR Champion. The career win leader amongst active drivers had not visited victory lane in the prior 47 non-exhibition races dating back to October of 2007. The winless streak was not in keeping with Gordon’s prolific career statistics that have had him on pace in several years to eclipse the win totals of NASCAR greats Cale Yarborough, Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip. With the Samsung 500 victory at Texas, Gordon has now posted 82 career Cup Series wins. By comparison Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson, his closest rival in the career win category of drivers competing fulltime in NASCAR’s top series, has exactly half or 41 victories to his credit.

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Frontstretch Fantasy Insiders: Keeping Your Team Hot In Phoenix’s Dry Heat

After a week off to regenerate the batteries and fatten up on Peeps and chocolate, the series is heading to the desert Southwest. The quirky one mile oval outside of Phoenix tests the drivers and the teams to come up with a setup that can handle the tight turns 1 and 2 and the sweeping turns 3 and 4. The drivers who succeed at Phoenix varies from drivers who excel at short tracks to drivers who shine on intermediate tracks. Fantasy players have to take into account their team's history at Phoenix and their momentum heading into the eighth race of the season. Read on to see what our fantasy insiders feel about the week’s race ahead.

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