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Big Six: 2009 LifeLock 400 at Michigan

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? I’ve never had a problem with fuel mileage racing-it’s certainly exciting in its own way. Who would have thought the lead would change twice on the last lap because two different leaders ran out of gas. The mileage issue proved the old adage …

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At-Track News and Notes – 2009 Lifelock 400 at Michigan

Dust In The Wind – Camping World and Nationwide Teams Lose General Motors Funding When the Sprint Cup Series comes to Michigan International Speedway, it is always as Ron Burgundy would say, “…kind of a…’Big Deal’…” Situated in the backyard of the Big Three automakers, MIS has traditionally been one …

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Too Vanilla Or Too Obnoxious? Where’s the Middle Ground?

It isn’t easy to please race fans. That becomes evident in any discussion about drivers. One guy isn’t talented enough, and if he has a family name with a racing history, well then, by gum, he’d better live up to it or else! The next is too talented, apparently, because he wins too much, whatever that means. It’s a sport, winning is kind of the point… But I digress. Then there is the constant back-and-forth about the driver who, for whatever reason, is perceived as “boring” and the one who is an “obnoxious jerk.”

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Happy Hour’s Best Drivers In The Sport, Part Two: Drivers #10-#6

I unwittingly picked a bad time to discuss who the best drivers in the sport are today. Between Kyle’s guitar smashing, double-file restarts and the Mayfield situation, there is plenty to discuss in NASCAR these days that gets a writer’s columns clicked on by subject matter alone. Maybe this column could have been titled “Oooohh But I Just Hate That Kyle Busch” just to get people’s attention, but it’s just not right to fake people out like that. (I’m exaggerating, but as you know, some writers really do that.) Regardless, The Official Columnist of NASCAR promised you, the born of high taste Frontstretch readers, a three part series ranking the best drivers in the sport today, as determined by a devoted commentator trying to be as objective as possible. If you missed drivers #15-#10, you can read it "here":https://frontstretch.com/ksmith/24979, where I also give my criteria for what makes a great driver. And be sure to tune in next week to see who I believe the best is. Meantime, let’s run through drivers numbered 10 through 6. (Hey, wasn’t that a Bad Company album?)

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Driven To The Past: Any Car, Any Track, Anytime

One night at Bloomington, Ind. in a USAC Midget race, I watched Tony follow Kenny Irwin around that banked dirt track for 25 laps of a 30 lap feature, both of them running in the middle of the track. Both were in Steve Lewis Performance Racing Industry cars wrenched by Bob East. Knowing Tony, I kept wondering how long it was going to take him to try the high side. Tony had always been something of a rim-rider on the dirt banks. Sure enough, when the five lap signal went out, he moved up high and put the right rear wheel on the cushion.

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Kenny Wallace Driver Diary: Good Luck, No Luck, and Two Milestones

Charlotte was one of the luckiest races I’ve ever run. I’ve never, ever been lucky-ever. But at Charlotte, I was playing the fuel mileage game and got down a lap, then got the lap back when the caution came out at the right time. Then I was sitting there running 16th on lap 125 of a 200-lap race, and on lap 125 I blew the motor-broke a rocker arm and lost a cylinder. So I’m running around the racetrack on seven cylinders when I should be on eight. I was thinking, “Oh, my God,” and dropped back to 18th and then it started pouring down rain. So I finished 18th with a blowing up motor. The rains came at the right time! I hope I didn’t use my luck up right there, but what a race.

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Tearing Apart the Trucks: Johnny Benson Ousted at Red Horse Racing

After a less than thrilling race at Texas Motor Speedway, the Camping World Truck Series made up for it to the tune of some big news. Monday afternoon, I got home from work and read in disbelief that Johnny Benson's No. 1 Red Horse Racing team has shut down due to a lack of operating dollars, but his teammate T.J. Bell and the No. 11 team would continue to run the remainder of the season as long as there are funds to do so. Johnny Benson was as surprised as I was when he got the news.

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NASCAR News for Friday, June 12, 2009

Crew Chief For Rusty Wallace Racing Suspended NASCAR announced on Thursday that Bryan Berry, the crew chief for the No. 62 Chevrolet driven by Brendan Gaughan, has been suspended following what NASCAR described as “an altercation with another team”. NASCAR did not specify the team, but Gaughan did have a …

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In Case You Missed It: Friday, June 12, 2009

Red Horse Racing Hires Timothy Peters After closing down operations for the No. 1 Camping World truck driven by Johnny Benson, Red Horse announced that they have hired Timothy Peters as a driver. With Peters comes a sponsorship in Strutmasters.com. Peters will be racing in the Michigan race this weekend. …

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Blue Smoke and Burnt Rubber: Chapter 9

Kalkaska International Raceway “Weaver!” Chris jumped and winced. There was no need to yell. Brad sat right next to him on top of the fancy new pit box for the No. 32. Besides that, the field was pacing under yellow on the other side of the 1.75 mile track. “Yes, …

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