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James Buescher Driver Diary: Racing, Racing, and More Racing!

We’ve had a few races since the last time I was here so I’ll try to get you all caught up on what we’ve been up to this season. For Martinsville, it was my first time going there, so I’d never seen that racetrack before. We didn’t really have a good truck all weekend long. We struggled quite a bit but we salvaged an 11th place finish out of it. After all the rain and the thunderstorms we had there, we finally raced on Monday. We finally got it in and finished 11th so we were pretty happy with our finish because of how crazy of a weekend we had. I didn’t think we were good enough to finish 11th so to come out that well was pretty good and I was pretty proud of the guys for that.

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Frontstretch Folio: 2009 Pocono 500

The Sprint Cup Series visits the Keystone State this weekend to tame the tricky triangle called Pocono Raceway. The Pocono 500 is the 14th race of the 2009 Sprint Cup season and will be broadcast live on Sunday, June 7th at 2:00 pm ET on TNT, with radio coverage by …

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In Case You Missed It: Friday, June 5, 2009

Prelude To The Dream Postponed Officials at Eldora Speedway in Ohio have announced the postponement of the yearly Prelude to The Dream, an all-star dirt late model race featuring prominent Cup stars, due to persistent rain. The race has been rescheduled for September 9 of this year. This year’s event …

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NASCAR News for Friday, June 5, 2009

NASCAR Announces New Double-File Restarts Rule In Cup Series NASCAR announced on Thursday that starting this weekend at Pocono, they will be implementing a new restart rule that had been used in the Sprint All-Star Race of late. The new restart rule will place lead lap cars two-wide at the …

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Blue Smoke and Burnt Rubber: Talk at the Track #7

Hey, race fans! This is C.J. Parker with this week’s installment of Talk at the Track. Today, I have Brad Van Lytton, owner of Van Lytton Racing with me. Brad, thanks for stopping by today. Hi C.J. Thanks for having me. Last week, during the rain delay at Wildwood Speedway, …

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Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: 1313 Turkey Court

While I enjoy stock car racing at Pocono, race weekends at the track are also tinged with a bit of melancholy. For more years than I care to recall, all my best buddies and I used to attend one of the Pocono races together, gathering from near and far for the annual "male-bonding weekend." (Which is a polite way of saying drinking a truly epic amount of beer, carrying on outrageously and in general reinforcing every negative stereotype of stock car fans we could manage.) I can't say whether I've been to more races at Dover or Pocono, or that the best races I've seen have been at this track, but I can say I've had more fun at Pocono than any other track on the circuit. This of course was back in the era before I wrote about racing for a living. There was no worry about a deadline after the race, no careful taking of notes to prepare columns, and no stomach churning anxiety wondering what I'd write about the event. Hell, there were races I had to check the paper the next morning to remind myself who won. It was back when we went to races just to enjoy the atmosphere, talk trash about the other guys' favorite drivers (the Elliott and Earnhardt partisans got particularly combative), listen to fast loud cars and scream ourselves hoarse cheering on our favorites.

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Voices From the Heartland: Studies Have Shown, NASCAR Is ‘Full Of It’

Over the last couple of weeks, ever since the rumors started flying about the demise of Tony Eury, Jr. as Dale, Jr.’s crew chief, the ‘media’ has reported several times, in various ways that “studies have shown that when Jr. isn’t running well, NASCAR’s ratings are down.” NASCAR of course, actually likes to hear that because it shifts the blame from where it really lies; Brian France. As much as the media (with the exception of this media) and NASCAR would like you to believe their standard party line, I’ve done some ‘studies’ of my own which point to the fact that, believe it or not, NASCAR is full of it, and we all know what ‘it’ is.

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Jeremy Mayfield Hearing Delayed: And The Whole Mess Could Have Been Avoided

It has been almost a month since the suspension of Sprint Cup owner/driver Jeremy Mayfield and the matter is no closer to resolution. Wednesday’s scheduled hearing before a North Carolina Superior Court Judge in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, was cancelled due to an 11th hour move on the part of NASCAR to have the case heard in a federal court. Mayfield and his attorney, Bill Diehl were attempting to gain a temporary restraining order from Superior Court Judge Forrest Bridges that would have lifted NASCAR’s suspension of Mayfield on May 9th for allegedly violating the sanctioning body's substance abuse policy. If successful Mayfield would have been allowed to attempt to qualify for Sunday’s Pocono 500 and following events until the matter is settled in court. NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston offered the following in way of explaining the request for a change in venue, "Administration of NASCAR's substance abuse policy extends to every state in which it races, which is why the logical forum is federal court."

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Fanning the Flames: Carl Long, Brad Keselowski And Other Issues Of The Week

Carl Long, we are with you bud. Just so you know, there are a lot of long-time fans of the sport out here that are appalled by the situation you find yourself in. Thank you for fighting the good fight and speaking frank on the subject. We don’t get that a lot, but whether out of anger or because what you said needed saying, you didn’t back down. I understand that rules must govern a body. However, it befuddles me when an entity like NASCAR, which has a long and storied history of operating within the “gray area” in matters of its rules enforcement, would suddenly go so “black and white” on a guy like Long.

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Frontstretch Fantasy Insider: Trying to Overcome the Pythagorean Theorem of Racing at Pocono

The weekend’s trip to Pocono Raceway is about as far away from the Monster Mile as one can get. An enormous (and enormously wide) 2.5 mile triangle, Pocono is truly a one of a kind race track. With long straightaways and three unique corners, both handling and horsepower will be at a premium this coming weekend. And with NASCAR’s restrictions on gear packages, the old adage of picking drivers apt at road racing when the Series tackles Pocono is no longer sure-fire. However, there are a handful of drivers out there that have flat figured this racing gem among resorts out, and so has the Frontstretch Fantasy Insider.

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