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Blue Smoke and Burnt Rubber: Talk at the Track #8

Hi, race fans! This is C.J. Parker and today on Talk at the Track, we have breaking news from the Grand Stock Car Association. In an unprecedented set of events, the No. 52 Phosix Pharmaceuticals team has been stripped of its Kalkaska 400 win. During post-race inspection, it was discovered …

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Frontstretch Folio: 2009 Toyota/SaveMart 350 at Sonoma

The Sprint Cup Series visits Sonoma, California this weekend to turn left and right at the Infineon Raceway. The Toyota/Save Mart 350 is the 16th race of the 2009 Sprint Cup season and will be broadcast live on Sunday, June 21st at 5 pm ET on TNT, with radio coverage …

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NASCAR: A Tough Decision For Danica Patrick

Despite speculation that IndyCar Series darling Danica Patrick would reveal her plans for next season this week, it seems any such announcement is now on hold until October. Patrick, who is in the final year of her contract with Andretti Green Racing (AGR), has been rumored to be looking in three different directions in deciding which career path is in her best interest moving forward. Most believe a jump to Formula 1 or even signing with a top-notch IndyCar team is the most likely scenario. However, she has made herself visible around NASCAR garages and has signed a management firm with close ties to the organization -- a sure sign a transition to stock cars is still very much a possibility. Of course, it's not the first time that the rumor mill has worked overtime on whether Patrick really would consider leaving the open-wheel ranks for the radically different world of NASCAR racing. In 2006, as the 27-year-old Patrick neared the end of her contract with Rahal Letterman Racing, similar assumptions regarding her future surfaced as free agency loomed. And while Patrick didn't fuel the rumors of a switch, she was at least willing to fan the flames before her ultimate decision to sign with AGR.

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Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: NASCAR Notes While Adrift In The Doldrums Of June

* *Thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and fans of Carlos Pardo* who died in a horrific wreck during a NASCAR Mexico event last weekend. Pardo was leading the race when the second place driver got into the left quarterpanel of Pardo’s car, sending it spinning savagely into the outside pit wall. The wall was guarded by only a set of water bottles and when Pardo’s Ford hit it, the damage was so extensive that it seemed a bomb had gone off inside the car. The impact was so severe, the car's roof panel was actually launched several stories into the air. Pardo was removed from the twisted wreckage of his car and rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead 45 minutes later. In a cruelly ironic twist, under NASCAR Mexico rules, when a caution flies the running order is reset to that of the last green flag lap. Since the race was never restarted, Pardo was awarded the win posthumously.

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BSNews! NASCAR Releases List! Random Morality Testing To Begin Immediately

In light of recent events that took place last week during the Nationwide race in Nashville, TN, during which two sponsor reps from one team claim a racial slur was directed at their driver by an opposing crew chief after a pit lane collision, NASCAR officials have decided to crack down... and crack down hard! After gathering secondhand information on the incident, NASCAR has indefinitely suspended the crew chief in question under Section 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) of the NASCAR Penciled-In Penal Code and sentenced him to completion of "Sensitivity Training." NASCAR’s actions, however, do not stop there.

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Fanning the Flames: Trucks, Catch Cans and Racing In Kentucky

A few random thoughts while running through the DVR’d version of last Sunday’s LifeLock 400 from Michigan, just prior to jumping up and down like a maniac on the white flag lap: * A “Through the Field” segment is not a “through the field” segment when you only run through the top 10, TNT. I’m just clarifying … * To its credit, though, it was refreshing to see TNT recognize the fact that start ‘n’ parkers actually exist and they’re not just some figment like unicorns, garden gnomes, and reliable Goodyears. Yes, there is an elephant in the room … do you guys see it, too?

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Frontstretch Fantasy Insider: Plucking The Sweetest Fantasy Grapes in Infineon

For the first time this season, the stars of the Sprint Cup Series leave the ovals behind for the twisty confines of a road course. The more technical of the two courses tackled by the Cup circuit, Infineon Raceway is full of tight quarters and few passing zones, making track position…and staying on the pavement…the keys to the weekend. Perhaps more than any other form of racing in NASCAR, there are those adept at road racing and those that are not, making it critical for you to take a close look at your fantasy roster. But don't fear Infineon... embrace it, as the Frontstretch Fantasy Insider will identify the best out there at turning left...and right into Victory Lane.

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Invading The Infield – Gauging Fan Reaction To The Effects of The Economy – And The State of The NASCAR

Perched atop pit road in the media viewing area at Michigan International Speedway this weekend, I had the perfect vantage point from where to view the Lifelock 400. The addition of a Sprint FanView device courtesy of Sprint’s Chris Hannigan made all the difference in the world, having a television …

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Did You Notice? How To Make A Profit In NASCAR Without Racing Two Laps, And Gant’s Record In Peril

*Did You Notice?* … There were stories on various television outlets that start and parkers need to be at the track each weekend so they don’t “lose touch” with what’s going on in the garage each week. Oh _really?_ Why don’t you say that to Furniture Row Racing and the Wood Brothers over in the Cup Series, two of the most pleasant success stories this year as limited-schedule, single-car programs. Both the No. 78 and No. 21 chose to take their money and use it wisely, picking and choosing the races they go to run the full distance rather than trying to start and park in the other events or stretching their money over 36 races. Since they’ve made those decisions, both teams have been rewarded with top 20 finishes and an increased amount of media attention. And – can you believe it – suddenly companies are interested in sponsoring at least the No. 78 for a full season in 2010!

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Side By Side: Is Racism NASCAR’s Responsibility To Investigate?

*Today's Question: NASCAR suspended Nationwide No. 62 team's crew chief Bryan Berry last Thursday, citing Section 12-1: "Actions detrimental to stock car racing...involved in an altercation with another team". It was later revealed through various media outlets that Berry allegedly said a racial slur in reference to Marc Davis, the 19-year old driver of the No. 10. Since the announcement, there has been sporadic coverage of the suspension by the major NASCAR networks and no official statement by the sanctioning body.* *Is it NASCAR's responsibility to publish what precise actions resulted in a suspension -- specifically when racism is involved? Further, does it help the sport to discuss this explosive topic, or does it just keep an old injury fresh with no hope of healing in the future?* Bryan Davis Keith: Before we even get into this topic, let’s set one thing straight: When NASCAR announces that they are indefinitely suspending a competitor from the sport, for _any_ reason, there needs to be a crystal clear picture presented as to why the suspension was handed out. That it was not the case when Bryan Berry was suspended is unacceptable... and there needs be no debate here that NASCAR needs to communicate its penalties a whole lot better. With that said, where there needs to be debate, and a lot of it, is with the decision NASCAR made to suspend Bryan Berry in the first place. Because frankly, his suspension and the aimless series of events and statements that have followed make it clear that NASCAR rushed to make a judgment it did not need to make. S.D. Grady: When NASCAR announced the indefinite suspension of Nationwide crew chief Bryan Berry last Thursday, that’s all it did. Yes, there was the usual line and paragraph regarding which rule of the NASCAR golden book he violated — the all encompassing Section 12-1, actions detrimental to stock car racing — but, there was nothing else. Now, I don’t believe any of us would benefit by knowing the exact derogatory words used in this case. However, I do believe that by burying the hot-button topic of race in the stack of weekly press releases followed by silence, NASCAR is in danger of promoting the stereotypical reputation the sport has been trying to shed for almost 20 years.

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