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David Starr Diary: Off Weekend? What Off Weekend?

We are more than half way through the 2007 season, and in a little over two weeks we go to Bristol Motor Speedway! Recently we took our International MaxxForce Diesel Ford F-150 to test the "new" Bristol track. It's always cool to go to there because it's just an awesome facility and there is so much excitement and history at the track. Going there last week and testing was exciting because of the new surface. It was a great test, but the track was very "green," meaning there was no rubber on it. All in all, it was good for my team to be able to really work together and try new stuff. We learned a lot and I'm looking forward to going back there for the race.

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That’s History Profile: Junior Johnson

Robert Glen Johnson, Junior was born June 28th, 1931 in the tiny burg of Ingle Hollow, N.C. Like many of his day from the region, Junior dabbled in the production of grain alcohol corn whiskey; known far and wide as Moonshine. The Johnson family produced the stuff for consumption as well as distribution, and the latter would land him in trouble with the U.S. Government in 1956. He would spend nearly a year in an Ohio federal prison prior to his release in the fall of 1957. Although he was never caught "ridin' dirty," he was captured by his father's still after a foot pursuit through the wilderness of Wilkes County, what was to bootlegging then what Charlotte is to NASCAR today.

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Mike Skinner: The Best Ever or The Best For Now?

Everywhere you turn, if you're looking for anything about the Craftsman Truck Series, you're bound to find something about Mike Skinner and his dream season. But is Skinner the best driver in Truck Series history, or is he just the best in the series right now?

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BSNews! Surprising Suspect Nabbed in Steve Wallace Mugging

19-year-old Steve Wallace, son of 1989 Cup champ Rusty Wallace, reported earlier this week he was mugged outside a convenience store in Broad Ripple by a trio of thugs intent on stealing his watch. Veteran BSNews Super Sleuth Stu Padasso and intern Jack Sophalotte were immediately dispatched to investigate, and have reported that a shocking arrest has been made in the case.

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Fanning the Flames: ESPN Overload, Merger Madness & Political Correctness

Think Kevin Harvick wasn't more than a little PO'd with Tony Stewart after the contact that sent him parachuting back to seventh? Everyone made like all was swell afterward, but I believe Harvick's post-race shot was a little more than a playful congratulatory pop. Not that I expect the two to break up or anything... apparently, the two are so close Stewart has his own room in Harvick's house.

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2007 Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Edition

As the excitement winds down from the second-biggest race of the year at Indianapolis, reality sets in for the Nextel Cup faithful - Sunday's race at Pocono is the second of a 17-week stretch to finish off the regular season. With no off-weeks left to recharge and refocus, it's crunch time for those in contention to make their final push to make the Chase - or, in your case, the pinnacle of your fantasy league. The competition continues at one of NASCAR's most unique racetracks - the three-turn, triangular-shaped track in the Pennsylvania hills offers a refreshing change of pace from the cookie-cutter ovals that dot the landscape of the Nextel Cup schedule.

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Voice of Vito: The Chase for the Cup – Saving Fans From a Championship Already Decided

This year, the Chase looks to provide some excitement again to what otherwise would be a comatose-inducing runaway by points leader Jeff Gordon. Under the old system, his fifth championship would all but be decided at this point, as long as he could just avoid accidents and injury. Even during crew chief Steve Letarte's four-week suspension for rules infractions at Sonoma (with two more still to go), Gordon's come up with an eye-popping average finish of 5.2. Currently enjoying a 371-point lead over Denny Hamlin, the No. 24 team has entered into a time zone all their own; and did I mention that total doesn't include the 100 points Gordon was docked for the fender issue at Sonoma?

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Thompson in Turn 5: Teresa Earnhardt Still Making All the Right Moves

Teresa Earnhardt is one smart cookie! The acquisition of Ginn Racing last week - resulting in a multi-million dollar expansion for DEI - has Teresa still at the helm and writing the checks, in the process elevating her already solid top-10 organization to a whole other level. Simply put, the move solidifies the company for the future and beats other respected team owners to the punch in becoming a four-team operation. That is no insignificant accomplishment - one the likes of Joe Gibbs and Richard Childress, among other illustrious team owners, know is necessary for their future survival. Just the third team to officially field four or more cars, only the Hendrick and Roush stables can claim the type of expanded fleet that now lives at DEI.

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