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Top Ten Valentine’s Day Cards NASCAR Drivers Never Want to Receive

10. Hi there, sweetie, what you need in your gizzard is a big ol' smooch from this here cute lil' pit lizard! 9. We know it is only practice, the car wasn't even in trim. But we think you're slow and you can't do the job, so we gave your car to him. _Smooches, Your Car Owner_ 8. Remember last year when you wrecked my favorite driver? So do I! I'll be waiting to pay you back after the race. _Signed, Drunken Fan with Anger Management Issues Who Flunked 2nd Grade Rhyming_

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Nuts ‘N’ Bolts : Hey Baby, It’s NASCAR!

Remember the TV commercial last season for the NASCAR.com Superstore -- the one where all the gifts at a young bride's wedding shower were NASCAR items? If the Madison Avenue types decide to follow up this season with a baby shower ad, I have discovered the perfect gift for the expectant mother to unwrap: Team Baby Entertainment's "NASCAR BABY" DVD.

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Mirror Driving : Does Daytona Qualifying Mean ANYTHING?

Tommy: I don't think much can be culled from the qualifying times of the Top 35. Vito: Qualifying means a lot for Thursday...that's about it. Has no impact on the race at all, because you have a total of 650 miles to fix a bad qualifying run.

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Racing At The Beach : Tragedy, Triumph, And New Faces, 2001-2006

The 2000 edition of the Great American Race wasn't very good, but come 2001 NASCAR thought they'd developed a solution to ensure good racing at Daytona. A small spoiler called the "taxicab strip" was added to the roof of the Cup cars; NASCAR officials hoped the cars would punch a bigger hole in the air with the strip, allowing for more passing despite the restrictor plates. Whether the strip actually made for better racing is highly debatable; what was of greater importance was how drivers quickly reported the strips made the closing rate on a car ahead frighteningly fast. That led to some dangerous and ultimately tragic racing that unforgettable February afternoon.

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Speedweeks : The End of Winter

Daytona International Speedway's Speedweeks arrives every year with a roar. Unlike the beginning of any other pro sports, NASCAR does not start a season at a slow, deliberate pace and gradually build up to a climatic, frenzied season-ending crescendo. Instead, it slaps you right in the face to announce its arrival. Last Saturday night's Budweiser Shootout marked, for all intents and purposes, the end of winter for race fans. And for most...it was about time! Let's recap what has transpired so far, as well as the rest of the week that lies ahead:

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Nextel Cup : Pre-Daytona 500 Edition

This week kicks off a brand new season for the Nextel Cup Series. For all the drivers and teams, points reset at zero and the slate is wiped clean, as 51 teams battle for the championship trophy that will be handed out in nine months. But just because everyone's points are the same right now doesn't mean that they're all starting on even ground. There are always a handful of powerhouse organizations already claiming their place at the top, sharing limited space with your perennial underdogs and plenty of teams in the middle striving to make a big splash. If you're new to the column this year, each week we'll take a look at those haves and have nots and keep track of where their season is heading; not just on a race by race basis, but figuring out what kind of long-term trends the team appears to be establishing. So with that in mind, let's take a look at some drivers hoping to reclaim the magic from '06, others looking to reverse their fortunes, and some who would flat out be happy simply to...

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Where Are All The Purists Now?

One year ago, Chad Knaus was led from the track after the No. 48 car failed post qualifying inspection at Daytona. This year, the No. 9 and No. 17 appear to have been found with similar aerodynamic infractions in post-qualifying inspection. Yet, for some reason, Robby Reiser and Kenny Francis have been allowed to stay in Daytona...they are working on their cars and preparing them for the Gatorade Duels until a final decision comes down on the rules infractions. How can NASCAR possibly consider this fair and equitable treatment?

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Racing At The Beach : Curses Are Broken, 1994-2000

When the Winston Cup crews arrived at Daytona for the kick off event of the 1994 season, one of the track's favorite sons had been lost. Davey Allison, who had been part of those memorable finishes of 1988 and 1992, had lost his life in a helicopter accident the previous summer. Ernie Irvan had signed on to drive the Havoline Ford, Davey made famous, leaving the Morgan-McClure team that had helped him claim the 1991 Daytona 500.

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Gilliland The Underdog Has His Day…Again

Sports is all about developing the concept of the underdog. Every year, the George Masons, Lance Armstrongs, and the Florida Marlins of the world dazzle us with their ability to succeed in the face of adversity, even when the gentlest of critics find no choice but to flee the crime scene and leave them for dead. Sunday, all those critics were back to cleanse their souls and apologize, calmly shaking the hand of an excited young man named David Gilliland. "I've been pinching myself for the last eight months and I'm not going to stop anytime soon," said the 30-year-old, shortly after stunning the audience of millions by winning the pole for the 49th Annual Great American Race. A driver who has yet to crack the Top 10 in a Nextel Cup race calmly went out and laid waste to the competition, taking home the top spot by nearly two-tenths of a second over teammate Ricky Rudd.

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This Week on Race Talk Radio

Chicago, IL (February 19, 2007)- Last week we brought you Bobby Gerhart the winner of the ARCA 200 and the Gatorade 150 updates all Thursday! This week RaceTalkRadio will bring the debut of two new shows. ASA Late Model Series Radio makes its first appearance in our lineup on Tuesday …

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