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Tearing Apart the Trucks: More Stops, Less Crew Members

Just three races into the season, the Camping World Truck Series is already on an extended break. The series will return to action on March 28th at Martinsville Speedway. So now is a good time to look at the rule changes NASCAR implemented during the offseason. In an effort to help the teams save a large amount of money each week as they travel, NASCAR implemented rule changes that allow a team only a limited number of crew members travelling to the races. In addition, only five crew members are allowed over the wall at any given time on a pit stop, and teams are not able to take tires and fuel during the same stop.

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NASCAR News for Friday, March 13, 2009

R3 Motorsports Issues Statement Following Suspension Of Team Member NASCAR announced on Thursday that John Boyd, a crew member of the No. 23 R3 Motorsports Nationwide Series team, has been suspended indefinitely for violating NASCAR’s substance-abuse policy. Boyd was found in violation of Sections 12-1 and 7-5 of the rule …

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In Case You Missed It: Friday, March 13, 2009

RAB Racing Penalty Upheld NASCAR announced on Monday that the National Stock Car Racing Commission has upheld NASCAR’s penalty against the RAB Racing No. 09 Nationwide Series team. The car, driven by John Wes Townley, was found to be in violation of several NASCAR rules for a roll bar that …

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Blue Smoke and Burnt Rubber: Talk at the Track

Hi, racefans! This is C.J. Parker with this week’s installment of “Talk at the Track”. The weekly radio show where I speak with all the most interesting personalities in the Grand Stock Car Association. This week we’re talking with Harry Garrison, the reigning GSCA Air West Cup champion and driver …

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Tom Bowles Mouths Off: Five Middle Tier Drivers Making Waves

Matt’s stuck at home with a nasty case of the flu this week, so I’ve been pressed into service as a last-minute replacement for his column. Usually, I try my best to match his sarcasm when I sub in (although in reality, no one can even come close). But this week, in terms of Mouthing Off … I’ve pretty much already done it on a variety of subjects in my weekly version of "Did You Notice?":https://frontstretch.com/tbowles/22961/ on Wednesday. So, I thought that instead of spewing more venom at the NASCAR powers that be this week, I’m going to play around with the term “Mouthing Off” in a different way. All too often, the drivers at both extremes in NASCAR are the ones who make the news these days.

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Fanning the Flames: Confusing Contingency Awards, NASCAR’s Aero Dependence Gone Awry, And Rain-Outs

*Hey Matt. My friend and I were talking after the race and I noticed on the internet that Ryan Newman was awarded the WIX Filters Lap Leader of the Race [at Atlanta]. We talked about it, and I did some looking and couldn't figure out why. We were both always of the understanding that the driver that leads the most laps should win it. What’s the story?* _— Bethany_ *A:* From a WIX Filters press release dated February 19, 2009: “…to be eligible for this contingency program, race teams must run the WIX Filters contingency decals on their front fenders and use WIX oil and air filters on their race cars during the season.”

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Bailing On The Auto Bailout, Loving Las Vegas, And Other Post-Vacation Thoughts

For the last two weekends, I have been in Las Vegas. The first weekend, I was there with my girlfriend and a couple of friends to take in the wonders of Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The second weekend, I was there for bowling -- but that is a horror story for another publication. The good news is, the sunburn that I started at LVMS (and finished poolside during a short trip to the Los Angeles area) is turning into a nice tan, _and _I managed to make it home with a couple of Ben Franklins still in my pocket! In short, life has been good. This was my first time to visit Bruton Smith’s track in the Nevada desert and, I must say, it was a wonderful experience.

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Bruton Smith: Dissin’ On South Florida, Homestead-Miami Speedway, and President Obama

Speedway Motorsports, Inc. President and CEO Bruton Smith seems to have adopted the “best defense is a good offense” philosophy last Friday while entertaining reporters at his Atlanta Motor Speedway. Smith, undoubtedly aware that the upcoming Sprint Cup race at the Hampton, GA 1 ½ mile motorsports facility would be embarrassingly under-attended, instead took shots at southern Floridians, Homestead-Miami Speedway, and the President of the United States. Lamenting on chronic lackluster attendance at his Infineon Raceway at Sonoma, CA, Smith suggested that traffic concerns were a major contributor to the road course being unable to improve ticket sales year-to-year.

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NASCAR News for Thursday, March 12, 2009

Tryson Wins Crew Chief Award for Kobalt Tools 500 Pat Tryson, crew chief of the No. 2 Miller Light Dodge driven by Kurt Busch, was awarded the WYPALL Wipers Crew Chief of the race following Sunday’s Kobalt Tools 500. The race was dominated all afternoon by the blue deuce who …

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It’s Not A Sport, It’s A Business: The Start And Park Phenomenon Threatening NASCAR’s Future

At Fontana just a few short weeks ago, millions of NASCAR fans everywhere breathed a sigh of relief. After offseason talk there wouldn’t be enough teams to fill the field in each of its top three divisions, the Cup, Nationwide, and Truck Series divisions all had enough cars to fill an entry list for the second race of the season. But beneath the surface, all was not as healthy as it seemed. While Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, and Carl Edwards were there to win the race per usual, the reasons some cars and drivers showed up were far different than what you’d want to believe as a race fan. These teams – nestled within the middle and back of NASCAR’s starting fields -- were there not to compete, but to turn a healthy profit, all while padding the sport’s bottom line in the process.

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