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Running Their Mouth : 3M Performance 400 Rain Delay

_Each week, we'll go through all the media reports, interviews, PR, and all our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Nextel Cup race to capture the story of how the weekend unfolded. It's the most original commentary you'll ever find; the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of the drivers, crew members, and the car owners themselves. This week, here's a sneak peek at what a select few were thinking during the rain delays for the 3M Performance 400 at Michigan International Speedway._ "We've just been playing Nintendo in the motorhome, and we got cabin fever last night and we went to the university in Adrian and they let us use the gym there, so me and my trainer, Dean, and my motorcoach driver, Tom, we went and worked out. And then we came back to the motorhome for as long as we could, and we took our little Polaris out and ran around the the infield in the rain and met some folks, and had a pretty good time." _Carl Edwards_

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Junior’s Stepmother and the State of the Sport Spoils the Happy Ending For the No. 8

It was announced this week that the No. 8 will be staying at DEI for the foreseeable future, and therefore will not be on the side or roof of Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s car next year when he begins driving for Hendrick Motorsports. Much to the disappointment of Riki Rachtman and the majority of Junior's legion of fans, an agreement could not be reached between DEI and Hendrick Motorsports that would allow the number to be transferred over to Hendrick so that Junior might be able to continue driving the number for at least the next five years of his career. According to Junior, the stumbling block in the entire process was his stepmother, Teresa Earnhardt. Try as he might, it appears that Junior is going to be haunted by his stepmother for at least the rest of this season.

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Matt McLaughlin Thinks Out Loud : Is It The Rider Or His Horse?

In horse racing, they say it is the jockey that matters but even the best can't win on a pack mule. As it becomes more and more likely that the Joe Gibbs Racing teams will switch to Toyota Camrys next year, you have to wonder just how many millions of dollars are being thrown around behind the scenes for Gibbs even to consider such a radical move. Gibbs latest acquisition, Kyle Busch, has complained out loud that he is unpopular with many fans because they aren't giving him a fair break. (That's a valid argument to a point, but in fact, it is Busch's antics on and off the track that have caused many folks to write him off as a horse's ass.) My guess is driving a Toyota isn't going to endear him to even the most open minded fans. Of course, maybe Busch will be the first to win a race in a Camry and he'll say afterwards, "These cars still suck". I'd buy him a beer if he does.

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Bowles Eye-View: 3M Performance 400

_Editors Note: With the rain delay at Michigan and Tom Bowles enjoying a little R&R, Bowles-Eye View will not be appearing this week. But make sure to come back next week for more of Tom's insightful and on-target NASCAR commentary._

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Sunday Night Vacation Edit Tools

*Rookie Report* Copy and paste the following survey halfway down the article exactly as is…don’t forget to check it on the actual website when it’s live! Sometimes it messes up and you have to change the location of where you paste it in the article. This table goes at the …

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Busch Breakdown: Carfax 250

*In a Nutshell:* With overnight temperatures in the 40s and the race time temperature in the mid 60s, Saturday's weather wasn't anything like what the teams had encountered in practice or qualifying. That left crew chiefs up and down pit road scrambling, looking for the proper setup to handle the new conditions. At the drop of the green, *Greg Biffle* led the pack into turn one, but *Brian Vickers* had the lead by the time the field got back around to the start/finish line. *Matt Kenseth* started 12th and was in the Top 5 within five laps of the start of the race. *Denny Hamlin* moved to the front quickly, followed by Kenseth. They traded the lead of the race in the middle stages of the race, but after the final pit stop it was all Hamlin. Hamlin marched away from the field over the closing laps and had a nearly five second lead by the time the checkered flag fell.

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Breaking the Rules Just Ain’t What It Used To Be

Just when you thought it was safe to go out of the house… NASCAR goes and does it again. The "it" in question is the decision to make an arbitrary call with no regard to the rulebook or precedent set in previous years or weeks. Within a seven-day stretch, NASCAR made a strong statement about what it means for a driver to be on probation and then completely ignored it when the issue came up in competition. Following an on-track incident at the Busch Series race in Montreal last week, NASCAR placed Robby Gordon on probation. In itself, the action was both warranted and consistent with past incidents. However, what followed was not. In their press release, NASCAR noted that should Gordon partake in any other rules infraction "that is deemed by NASCAR officials as detrimental to stock car racing or to NASCAR, or is disruptive to the orderly conduct of an event, he will be suspended indefinitely from NASCAR." I mistakenly took that to mean that a driver in violation of a NASCAR-imposed probation would receive heavy punishment. Obviously, I was wrong.

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Rick Crawford Driver Diary: Still Good on Dirt

We've run two more races since the last diary, and these were pretty good races for our Power Stroke Diesel Team. We had a Top 5 finish at ORP, in the Power Stroke Diesel 200, and we just got finished with a Top 10 run, a sixth place finish at Nashville Superspeedway. We had a good run for Circle Bar Racing, David Starr and myself, with the International Maxx Force Diesel by International and the Power Stroke Diesel by International both in the Top 10. The 10 and the 14 truck have been competitive, and we've had a good couple of weeks. As far as Circle Bar Racing, with our new two truck team, I think it's turning the corner. When you have two trucks that can run in the Top 10 week in and week out, I think that can enhance the program for the 14 truck and also put David Starr in the No. 10 MaxxForce Diesel by International in the Top 10 in points and that's what we want him to do, finish in the Top 10 in driver points and be running up front competing for wins. We'd like to continue our Top 5 run in the points and maybe even just keep pressing them a little bit for the championship.

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Tearing Apart the Trucks : Toyota Looking for Back-to-Back Championships

In 2000, Toyota ventured into the big sea of NASCAR racing; first dipping their toes in the water in the Goody's Dash Series. Robert Huffman delivered their first win the following year, and scored their first championship in 2003. The manufacturer entered the Craftsman Truck Series beginning with the 2004 season. Just two years later, Todd Bodine drove Toyota to their first truck series championship in 2006. Now, with just ten races remaining in the 2007 season, Toyota is looking at the very strong possibility of back-to-back championships.

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