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Tracking the Trucks: 2009 AAA Insurance 200 at Dover

*Who Should Have Won:* Kyle Busch. Busch started 10th and wasted no time working his way to the front, passing multiple cars on the first lap after the green flag flew. Numerous times, Kyle Busch made the same moves throughout the race, always resulting in him pulling into the lead. Busch went on to lead the most laps--133 of 200--before a right front tire failure and the resulting hard hit on the outside wall ended his run to the win. The driver of the No. 51 Miccosukee Resort and Gaming Toyota was left to settle for a 9th place finish.

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Jimmie Johnson Comes Back From a Bad Late Pit Stop to Win 2009 Autism Speaks 400 at Dover

In the Sprint Cup Series, you can win races in many different ways. David Reutimann won the Coca-Cola 600 by using a Waltrip-esque pit call to stay out when the leaders pitted, hoping for rain. Others totally dominate and win. Then, there is how Jimmie Johnson won on Sunday. Johnson …

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Big Six: 2009 Autism Speaks 400 at Dover

Who… Gets my shoutout of the race? A driver who quietly had an outstanding weekend, Casey Mears had a strong finish at a difficult track. After hovering near the top ten on the speed charts since Friday, Mears brought it home in ninth, the highest finishing position in the Richard …

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The Time is Now for Dale Earnhardt, Jr. as Tony Eury, Jr. Departs

The announcement that much of NASCAR Nation has been waiting for with bated breath came Thursday: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and crew chief Tony Eury, Jr. will part ways, effective immediately. Hendrick Motorsports team manager Brian Whitesell will be on top of the pit box this weekend at Dover, and then veteran head wrench Lance McGrew will take the reins on an interim basis while a permanent replacement is sought. Both Whitesell and McGrew have found victory lane as crew chiefs, Whitesell with Jeff Gordon and McGrew with several drivers from the Camping World Truck Series and up. Though it is easy to lose sight of with the way things have been going, Earnhardt has a decent record himself-his 18 Cup wins rank ninth among active drivers. He has more wins than Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle, or Kyle Busch, in fact. The majority of his success came with a crew chief other than Eury, Jr. All of which adds up to mean only one thing. It’s do or die time.

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Joey Logano Bit Off More Than He Could Chew – And Now He’s Chewing It

No matter how good athletes are in a sport’s lesser series, you never know how they will perform against the best of the best. Joey Logano was surrounded by more than considerable hype before making the jump to NASCAR. And no doubt Jeff Gordon was smiling at the thought of yet another coming rookie being pronounced the next Jeff Gordon. Gordon had to be thinking, wait until he’s out there racing against the guys I race against. When I was 18, I was living at home practicing my air guitar. Imagine what you were doing when you were 18. At an age when most of us spend hours convincing our friends that our favorite rock band is the greatest ever, Joey Logano was being cast as someone who may become one of the greatest racecar drivers of all time, and was already popularly known as “Sliced Bread” before he even stepped into a Nationwide car.

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Scott Speed Diary – Dodging the Rain and Returning to the Scene of a Big Win

It definitely was an odd trip to Charlotte last weekend with all of the rain. The delays really don’t bother me as a driver, I just kind of roll with it. You can’t let things outside of your control get to you when you are in this business. Still, with all the craziness going on around us, my Red Bull guys adapted well and gave me a great piece of equipment to drive. We’ve really come a long way with our intermediate program since missing the show at Texas last month, and I think it’s a testament to how hard everyone has been working.

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Driven to the Past: The Rain And Bob Senneker

Watching all that rain and all the delays before they finally called the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway last Monday took me back a few years. Somehow, I recall a time in the early 1960s when it started raining at a NASCAR race while they were fairly close to halfway. If I’ve got it right, they kept running under yellow until they passed the halfway mark, and then stopped it. When it didn’t let up, they called the race. As I understand it, the fans were “visibly upset” about the whole deal. Can’t say as I blame them a lot.

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Mirror Driving: Long’s Public Whipping, Gauging Reutimann’s Upset And Meetings, Meetings, Meetings

*How does David Reutimann's win in the Coca-Cola 600 rate among the great upsets in NASCAR history? And does it salvage what, to that point, had been a rain-soaked, inconsistent 340-mile mess left at the mercy of Mother Nature?* Kurt: A great upset? I never thought of it like that. Casey Mears' win would have be an upset then? Amy: I don't know if I'd call it one of the greatest upsets, because it wasn't as if Reutimann won it under green. But it was a neat victory, and props to that team for playing thee strategy cards just right.

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Tearing Apart the Trucks: J.R. Fitzpatrick Debuts With KHI

When the 2009 Camping World Truck Series season began, J.R. Fitzpatrick planned to run full time in search of becoming the 2009 Raybestos Rookie of the Year. Last month, all of that changed when TRG Motorsports announced they would run a reduced schedule due to a lack of financial support for the team. At the time, TRG Motorsports team principal Kevin Buckler said the team planned to return with J.R. Fitzpatrick or another driver. The team was present on the entry list at Lowe's Motor Speedway a few weeks ago, but Fitzpatrick's name wasn't alongside it. Sprint Cup Series driver David Gilliland piloted the No. 7 Hyde Park / FansSponsorMe.com Chevrolet to a 6th place finish in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200.

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Blue Smoke and Burnt Rubber: Chapter 8

Stan Fielding stared blankly out the window of race control, looking down on the rain soaked track. The cars sat silent on pit lane, shrouded in gaily-painted covers. All but the required inspectors had fled to the RV lots or garage areas, seeking refuge from the incessant drizzle. Misery and …

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