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Has NASCAR Finally Found A Race It Could Fix?

Fans can vote online this year for the Most Popular Driver award in 8 touring series other than Sprint Cup. That’s great. What’s not so great is NASCAR’s reluctance to put some drivers on the ballot at all. As of Wednesday of this week, Wallace wasn’t on the Nationwide Series ballot, despite being a series regular. Neither were Mike or Steve Wallace, also full-time drivers in the series. Many fans complained, and those names were added to the ballot, a week after voting opened. But what of the other drivers who have raced in the series? Where are their names?

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Driven To The Past: Kenny Irwin, Jr. and Tony Stewart

Has it really been eight years since we lost Kenny Irwin, Jr.? He’s another one of those “kids” I had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know as I spent 15 years at what was then (and will probably always be to me) Indianapolis Raceway Park. The late Bob Daniels (another of those promoters I worked for, and about whom I’ll have a lot to say in a future column) brought me to IRP. I was like a kid in a candy store. When I first encountered Kenny Irwin, he was a little cocky and almost condescending at times, until he settled down.

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Tearing Apart the Trucks: Randy Moss Motorsports Set to Debut

Last week at Daytona International Speedway, Randy Moss announced he had purchased 50% of Morgan-Dollar Motorsports from team owner David Dollar rather than starting his team from the ground up. Morgan Dollar Motorsports has now become Randy Moss Motorsports, and the No. 46 truck is now the No. 81, the number Moss wears on the football field. Though the announcement earlier this season of his interest in the series seemed to come out of nowhere, Randy Moss has had thoughts of running a NASCAR team for a while. "For the last five or six years I've been very interested in joining NASCAR, but I really didn't know what steps to take," Moss said. "I'm ready to take this all the way. My door is open for any sponsors who want to team up with Randy Moss Motorsports. At the same time, I'm ready to keep this going myself."

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Fanning the Flames: Randy Moss, Mark Martin And Those Crazy Flock Brothers

*Q: Hi Matt! My husband and I were trying to remember the last time brothers won three straight races before Kyle and Kurt did so. We can’t think of a time it has happened unless Terry and Bobby Labonte did it. Or maybe Kurt and Kyle themselves? Can you help us out? Thanks!* — Linda Davis *A:* Terry and Bobby were close, Linda. In June 1995, the Brothers Labonte (as Bob Jenskins used to say) won at Pocono (Terry) and Michigan (Bobby) on consecutive weekends. Two weeks prior, Bobby had won at Charlotte and then ran second to Kyle Petty at Dover before the back-to-back wins. So that eliminates them. Kyle and Kurt have never pulled the feat, but I was absolutely amazed at what my research found:

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Beyond the Cockpit: Marcos Ambrose After His Cup Debut

Recently Assistant Editor Amy Henderson sat down with Marcos Ambrose in New Hampshire to talk about the Tazmanian native's Sprint Cup debut, his family's move halfway around the world, and just how much gold he's found away from the track while participating in his favorite hobby. Strap in as the Frontstretch goes Beyong the Cockpit with Marcos! Amy Henderson: *The other part of that transition was a move halfway around the world. You can’t even plug in appliances -- how was that for you?* Marcos Ambrose:That was a challenge, especially for my family. We’re away from friends and favorite places and things, so it’s a challenge for us and it is a bit of a stress and a burden coming this far. But home’s always there, I know I can always go back, so it’s been great, but a challenge for sure. I think I’ve done more in my short life than many people could dream of, and it’s just been an experience I’ll never forget.

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: Making Your Team Work in the Windy City

The Sprint Cup Series heads to the Windy City this weekend for another intermediate race track. For the first time, the race will be held under that lights at Chicagoland Speedway leaving many fantasy gamers a little nervous. Some drivers are on a roll and momentum certainly plays a role in the sport. Others very well may be on a mission from God. With recently announced driver changes and NASCAR penalties, who knows what also might be playing with the psyche of combatants this weekend. Read on to see which drivers our experts feel are driving on a full tank of gas with half a pack of cigarettes wearing sunglasses in this week’s Picks ‘n’ Pans. *Crank ‘em up:* A blown Goodyear Eagle is all that kept *Jimmie Johnson* from winning the race at Chicago last season. Prior to the tire failure, Johnson led 82 laps and was among the fastest cars in the field. 2007 wasn’t the first time Johnson ran up front at Chicago. Minus his 37th place outing last summer, Johnson has never finished a Chicagoland race outside the Top 10.

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Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: Is This Really Mark Martin’s Last Stand?

The jumbled pieces of this year’s silly season puzzle began falling together at Daytona this week, presenting a clearer picture of next year’s Cup lineup. It had already been announced that Casey Mears would be leaving Hendrick Motorsports and the 5 team next year. Rumors were rampant that the open seat in the 5 car might allow Tony Stewart to return to Chevrolet as part of a four car super-team -- the likes of which we haven’t seen since Carl Keikhafer ruled the roost in NASCAR racing. Instead, it was announced this weekend that Mark Martin would take the wheel of that 5 car next year for one more Quixotic stab at adding a Cup championship to his already stellar racing resume.

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Voices From the Heartland: Time To Get The Manufacturers Out of NASCAR

Wow! That’s a pretty bold headline! But the time has come to be honest with ourselves. Time to call a spade a spade. Time to open your eyes and actually see what your eyes are looking at every week. Time to stop being a narrow minded, automotive bigot! Time to admit that it _IS_ going to happen down the road, so we might as well embrace it and not stupidly act all surprised about it later. You are smarter than that. Consider some facts: GM stock has lost 75 percent of its value in the last nine months and is trading at an all time 54 year low. Fifty-four years people! That’s almost _BEFORE_ NASCAR was ‘invented’!

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Did You Notice? The Busch-Edwards Rivalry That Isn’t, Truex’s Public Posturing, And Touting Terry Labonte?

*Did You Notice?* … That halfway through the season, Carl Edwards has finished second in a Sprint Cup race three times – and all three of them have been to Kyle Busch. Edwards likes to play this up as a rivalry, but right now, Busch is putting on a good ol’ fashioned butt whooping -- whether you want to admit it or not. Right now, Edwards trails Busch in wins (six to three), points (149), Top 5s (11 to 7), and Laps Led (900 to 396). Only in Top 10s does Edwards have a razor-thin edge – 13 to 12 – but that’s not going to be enough if he wants to overtake the No. 18 when it really counts in November. Still, for those who despise Busch’s dominance during the first half of the Cup circuit, there’s hope Edwards can bounce back. So far this season, he’s won twice on tracks 1.5 miles in length – that’s one more than Busch, who paced the field at Atlanta but finished well behind the No. 99 at both Texas and Las Vegas. Since five 1.5-mile race tracks make up the ten race Chase, that should give Edwards a bit of an edge.

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Top Ten Ramifications of a DEI Sale

*10.* None. It is NOT for sale. Just ask Max and Teresa -- they'll tell you. *9.* None. After all, you're just buying an ordinary race shop; why do you think the price is so low? *8.* Kerry and Jeffrey Earnhardt will be filling out applications at JR Motorsports. *7.* DEI will now stand for "Didn’t Ever Imagine…"

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