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Fanning the Flames: Victory Lane’s Ultimate “D’Oh!” Moment

*RCR’s Busch program is always competitive and has full-time sponsors. Maybe he could have used a year or two in a lower series to grow and sharpen some of his racing skills. And finally, who knows, a couple years with RCR and he could have been sitting in RCR’s fourth Cup entry this year with Jack Daniel's or General Mills as a sponsor.* *It just seem like where his career is after first signing with a Yates team that had been struggling and now with underfunded TRG Motorsports, maybe a full-time, funded ride with RCR (even in a lower series) would have been the better career choice — although I’m sure since driving in Cup he has made some decent money, and I’m sure that plays into a decision.* _— Adam Dodds_ *A:* This is a tough one to answer, Adam, because it’s impossible to know how David Gilliland’s career would have been altered (for better or worse) had he taken a spot with RCR in the then-Busch Series. Of course, we’re speaking in hypotheticals here, because I don’t know that an offer was ever formally extended to Gilliland by Childress.

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NASCAR News for Thursday, April 9, 2009

Hunt Brothers Pizza to the No. 44 On Wednesday, Richard Petty Motorsports announced that Hunt Brothers Pizza has signed on sponsor the No. 44 Dodge and driver A.J. Allmendinger for six point races, and the Sprint All-Star Weekend festivities at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. The result of this deal is that …

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Taking One For The Team: Earnhardt, Jr. and Martin Getting Gordon and Johnson’s Leftovers?

With the Sprint Cup Series off this week, you might expect some of the senior writers of this staff or other publications would be absent as well. But that is not the case with me. Although I was sidetracked by a brief hiatus, the reports of my demise have been greatly exaggerated. I’m back... Having said that, somebody else whose name is also synonymous with NASCAR has returned as well – Jeff Gordon. After 17 starts at the 1.5-mile D-shaped tri-oval, Gordon won for the first time at Texas Motor Speedway Sunday, snapping a drought of 47 races since his last win at Lowe’s back in October, 2007.

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Did You Notice? Keselowski Kicking Logano’s Butt, Harvick Unhappy At Intermediates, And Nationwide’s No-No?

*Did You Notice?* …What keeps Kevin Harvick from being labeled a serious championship contender? It’s his lifetime performance on 1.5-mile ovals. Those tracks used to be easy pickins’ for Harvick – his first two Cup victories came at Atlanta and Chicagoland in 2001 – but over the last few seasons, his fortitude has faded at facilities which make up four of the ten tracks in the Chase (and if you count the 2-miler at Fontana, it’s actually five).

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Frontstretch Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 Samsung 500 at Texas

Frontstretch Power Rankings
Things at Texas happen fast these days, leaving the margin of error slim to none on what's become the sport's speediest track. From Kyle Busch cutting a tire to Carl Edwards having trouble on pit road, too many of the sport's biggest superstars discovered that answer too little, too late. The end result was a major shakeup in our poll this week, with our experts dropping no less than three drivers right out of the rankings. Luckily for Jeff Gordon, he already knew the dangers -- 0-for-16 for his career in the Lone Star State entering Sunday -- and was finally able to put the bad karma behind him in streaking to his first victory of 2009. But was Gordon's come from behind win enough to leave him on top of our list? Read on to see to find out in the latest edition of our Top 15.

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Mirror Driving: How The Cookie Cutter Crumbles, Jeff Gordon’s Place In History, And Big Apple Blues

*Jeff Gordon notched his 82nd career victory in the Samsung 500 last weekend. Where will he end up on the all-time wins list, and what will Gordon be remembered for years down the line?* Jeff: Well gee, let me look in my crystal ball! While you wait, here are the next lotto numbers … Bryan: Depends on how long he chooses to stay behind the wheel. If he stays another five years, I could see him getting to No. 2 on the wins list without a problem. He'll definitely be remembered among the all-time greats -- no questions asked.

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NASCAR News for Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Brian Scott to Drive NNS No. 10 for Braun Racing Braun Racing announced on Tuesday that Brian Scott, currently the driver of the No. 16 Albertson’s Toyota in the Camping World Truck Series, has been tapped by Braun Racing to drive the No. 10 Toyota for four races. Only two …

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Full Throttle – Petty’s Better Choice For The Indianapolis 500

After hearing that John Andretti is going to drive a car fielded by Richard Petty to try and make the Indianapolis 500, the thought crossed my mind: Why not give someone else a chance who isn’t in a Cup ride right now? In his long and storied career of racing …

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Can Tony Stewart Win A Sprint Cup Title In His First Year As An Owner?

When Tony Stewart signed on the dotted line in July 2008 to assume 50 percent ownership in what was the struggling Haas CNC Racing outfit, there were plenty of people lining up to tell the irascible Columbus, IN native that he was making a colossal mistake. That it was a great deal financially speaking was the one thing that couldn't be argued; Stewart didn’t have to pay so much as one dollar for a half-stake in the two car outfit. But all numbers aside, the real issue was that Haas CNC Racing had hardly set the racing world alight in its first six years of operating. Indeed, a driver who'd spent the last decade defined by stock car success had purchased a team seemingly destined to fail.

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