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Blue Smoke and Burnt Rubber: Talk at the Track #6

This is C.J. Parker reporting from Raleigh Police Headquarters with breaking news concerning the disappearance of Cody Dunhurst, the 26 year old assistant to GSCA series director Stan Fielding. Miss Dunhurst has been missing since last Thursday. She was last seen at Danny O’ Flynn’s nightclub, The Double Malt Bar. …

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Grading The 2009 Sprint Cup Pack: Part Two

*Hendrick Motorsports* (Nos. 5, 24, 25, 48, 88) *Stats:* 4 Wins, 15 Top 5s, 22 Top 10s in 47 starts *Best Driver:* Jeff Gordon (1 Win, 8 Top 10s, Point Leader) Danny: They only get the minus because of Junior. Otherwise, it’s business as usual for Rick Hendrick’s fantastic four. *Grade: A-.* Tom: What they’ve done this season is so impressive, I think Junior doesn’t even matter at this point. Hendrick has formed the model of the satellite team (the way to get around a four-car limit) while drivers Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon are the ones to beat for this year’s title. Oh, and there’s a 50-year-old named Mark Martin who’s on track to win six races. What more do you want? OK, OK I hear ya Junior Nation… but if the Tony Eury, Jr. era is truly over, it’s just a matter of time before he picks it up. *Grade: A.*

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What’s Vexing Vito: Carl Long’s Suspension and Fines A Cover Up For Mayfield Drug Test Fiasco?

Do any of you remember that Robert DeNiro and Dustin Hoffman movie _Wag The Dog_ ? The plot of the movie was that in order to cover up a sex scandal involving the President prior to an election, a Hollywood producer comes up with a plan to fabricate a fictional war on television, keeping the scandal off the front page of the paper and deflecting public attention from it. Truth apparently is stranger than fiction and life imitates art -- Bill Clinton essentially did the same thing a year later after it was discovered that he had a thing for thick chicks in blue dresses and cigars. Anyways, you get my point. Now, fast forward a decade later, and the same thing appears to be happening in NASCAR.

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Fanning the Flames: Talking All-Stars, 600s And Lawn Mowers

*Hi Matt. So the natural question this week would be how many guys have won the All-Star Race and the Coke 600 in the same year? Just trying to keep you on your toes! Thanks!* _— Ann Florence_ *A:* Good lookin’ out, Ann. Six drivers have pulled the double, and no one has done so more than once. Six times in the 24-year history of the All-Star/600 double clocks in at just about a quarter of the time, so 2011 is the next target date

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The Jury Is Still Out On Scott Speed, A.J. Allmendinger Swap

When in the Fall of last season it was announced by Red Bull Racing that it had relieved A.J. Allmendinger of his duties behind the wheel of the Red Bull No. 84, the news was met with a considerable amount of skepticism within the NASCAR community. It made little sense to many to replace Allmendinger, especially after a drastic improvement in performance during his sophomore campaign with not just NASCAR, but stock cars as well. The news was met with even more raised eyebrows when it was clear that Allmendinger’s replacement for 2009 was a fellow open-wheel driver with little stock car experience in his own right... Scott Speed. To be fair, Allmendinger’s introduction to stock car racing in '07 had been nothing short of a disaster.

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Frontstretch Fantasy Insider: Taming the Beast of the Southeast

With the All-Star Race behind us, it’s back to points racing with one of NASCAR’s most prestigious and demanding events, the season’s only 600-mile race. Since its repaving, Lowe’s Motor Speedway has been home to fast and treacherous competition, with side by side in the corners proving next to impossible to control for drivers struggling with the handling of their race cars. A true test of man and machine, Sunday’s race will be a battle of attrition and adjustment as the track transitions from day to night. But just like Jeff Gordon’s back, the Frontstretch Fantasy Insider is ready to get your fantasy teams through 600 miles…and when our picks go three-wide, expect them to come out unscathed.

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NASCAR News for Thursday, May 21, 2009

Sprint Cup Teams Raise Money for Paralyzed Veterans Several Sprint Cup Series drivers, including Richard Petty Motorsports’ Elliott Sadler, Kasey Kahne, A.J. Allmendinger, and Reed Sorenson, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin and Penske Racing’s Kurt Busch, showed up for the inaugural running of the “King’s Cup Karting for a Cause” …

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Big Three Bankruptcies and New Government Mandates Spell Doom For NASCAR and Motorsports

There is no way to be polite about this. The United States auto industry is circling the drain. Two-thirds of the largest manufacturing entities on the planet will have filed for bankruptcy within two months of each other in the next few weeks. First Chrysler filed for Chapter 11, and now word has come down recently that GM is readying for a quick sale to the government, biting the bullet and ripping off the band-aid for good. Sure, Chrysler has always been a bipolar brand, but who would have dreamed that ten…or even five years ago, that General Freaking Motors would be handing the keys over to the government? And while Pontiac gets thrown into the ash heap of automotive history along with Plymouth and Oldsmobile, 789 Chrysler and Dodge dealers across the country are turning out the lights for good. Is it possible that NASCAR as we know it may not be far behind? Truth-time: Yes. It very well may be.

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Grading The 2009 Sprint Cup Pack: Part One

NASCAR’s longest and most grueling race, the Coca-Cola 600, represents a significant milestone in the 2009 season. It’s not quite the halfway point to the Chase (that comes the following week after Dover), but once the checkers fly late Sunday evening, we’re exactly one-third of the way through the 36-race schedule. With that in mind, it’s a good time to take a step back and look at how the Sprint Cup contenders (and pretenders) have performed thus far.

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Did You Notice? France Manipulates The Truth, Why Parity Is Still Problematic, And Driver Do’s And Dont’s

*Did You Notice?* … In this space "last year,":https://frontstretch.com/tbowles/16748/ 11 races into the season we took a look at how the “Big Four” of Gibbs, Childress, Hendrick, and Roush were dominating the sport. Since we’re at the same point in 2009, I thought it might be a good time to revisit those numbers and see if we’re a little bit closer towards the parity NASCAR hoped to achieve with the Car of Tomorrow.

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