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Mr. Logano’s Wild Ride Means Top Rookie Honors for Scott Speed

This was one of those weekends where everybody involved with the sport came out as a winner when Joey Logano walked away from an eye-popping accident that left his car in shambles. There are many negative things that have been said about this new car and with good reason, but the additional layer of safety it has introduced into the sport far outweighs the other challenges that crews and drivers have had to deal with as a result. It was unfortunate though for Logano that he was at the wrong place at the wrong time as the accident ended what could have been a potential top 10 run.

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Dover 200

Saturday saw Richard Childress Racing's Nationwide program for the first time in 2009 resemble the juggernaut that Kevin Harvick took to nine wins and the 2006 Series crown. This time, however, the driver was Clint Bowyer, who in leading the final 83 laps scored a convincing win at Dover in the first of a three-race stint that the Cup regular is supposed to run to help turn around the performance of the team's No. 29 car. Though listening to Bowyer, you'd never know he was brought in for performance reasons. When asked why he ended up driving this race in favor of development prospect Steven Leicht, Bowyer's response was “It's my name on the car,” referring to a wager he won earlier in the year between fellow Holiday Inn drivers Jeff Burton and Leicht.

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Tracking the Trucks: 2009 Las Vegas 350

*In a Nutshell:* Johnny Sauter took the checkered flag 2.474 seconds ahead of Matt Crafton to win the Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Saturday night. Sauter took the lead for the final time with 17 laps remaining and never looked back on the way to his first career Camping World Truck Series win. Jason White, Todd Bodine and Timothy Peters rounded out the Top 5.

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Big Six: 2009 AAA 400 at Dover

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Only two non-Chase Drivers finished in the top ten at Dover. You expect Matt Kenseth to be on that list, but not so much A.J. Allmendinger, whose seventh-place run was his best finish since Sonoma and his fourth top 10 of the year. …

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Denny, Gibbs, What Were You Thinking?

The biggest highlight of Saturday's Nationwide Series race came not on the track, but on pit road following the checkered flag. Denny Hamlin, irritated after being spun in a late-race incident with Brad Keselowski, aggressively confronted the driver of the No. 88 on pit road immediately following the race and nearly triggered a melee similar to one instigated by the two following an incident at Charlotte in May 2008. Interviewed later on ESPN, Hamlin remarked “I was just watching that idiot” when asked about Keselowski, ranting on about how he was a Cup Series washout waiting to happen, a youngster in need of guidance whose lack of Cup experience has left him “[not knowing] how to race.”

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Everybody’s Talkin’ ‘Bout Tires

The big story in Dover on Friday? As Allen Iverson would say, "Everybody's talking 'bout tires." With both Johnson and Montoya sweeping the front row for Sunday's race, more than a few drivers cried foul considering both drivers were part of a tire test here August 4th and 5th. Greg Biffle was particularly annoyed, struggling to get up to speed initially while some of those "testers" seemed to have no problem at all. "The only one that wasn’t scrambling to get going was the No. 48," he claimed, who paced the field for both practice and qualifying.

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Is There A Hex On UPS Cars?

Occasionally, you hear comical stories of superstition in motorsports. Joe Weatherly, whose untimely death in a crash is why stock cars have window nets today, suffered from triskaidekaphobia and once asked NASCAR to call the 13th Southern 500 the "12th Renewal of the Southern 500." He also once asked to rename his 13th starting position in a race to "12a." There are green car phobias, which supposedly trace back to one of the Chevrolet brothers, Gaston, being killed in a Beverly Hills race. Gaston was driving a green car at the time, and green has been seen as bad luck ever since, despite Bobby Labonte’s 2000 championship in an Interstate Batteries Pontiac.

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It’s All Fun and Games — But In NASCAR, Someone Is Bleeding to Death

It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye. Remember hearing that phrase as a kid? It was usually connected to doing something like running with scissors or sword fighting with your brother with the kitchen knives. Or at least when the “fun” was getting out of hand and becoming potentially dangerous. Hence, the lecture. Things are getting out of hand.

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Driven to the Past: When We Were Young and Crazy…

I was going to head this column, "Getting There Is Half The Fun," but the above seemed more appropriate after I thought about it. Back in the '60s, I owned a 1965 Corvair. Loved it, and by the way, Ralph Nader can take a long walk on a short pier. Funny he never mentioned that the problem with the rear suspension was corrected in the 1963 model. I really didn’t want one until they changed the styling for the ’65 model. My first one was destroyed in an intersection collision in Louisville when a drunk driving a big Pontiac ran a red light and hit me square in the driver’s door, knocking me head on into a utility pole. I emerged without a scratch, asking how the other guy was because I wanted to kill him. That was my first new car, and it didn’t have 1,500 miles on it before it was wrecked.

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Tearing Apart the Trucks: Johnny Benson, Kyle Busch, and Con-Way Freight?

Earlier this season, the Camping World Truck Series was shocked to find out that defending series champion Johnny Benson had been released from his No. 1 Red Horse Racing Toyota due to a lack of funding. Shortly afterward, Kyle Busch announced he and Billy Ballew Motorsports were working with their sponsors to allow Benson to pilot the No. 51 Toyota at the Milwaukee Mile, trying to keep the defending series champ in contention for a top 10 finish in series points. Unfortunately, an injury in a late model race at Berlin Raceway squashed those plans for Benson before they could ever take form. Then, in late July, Iredell County recorded LB Builders had started to build a race shop for Kyle Busch to the tune of $2.4 million.

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