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Frontstretch Folio: 2009 LifeLock 400 at Michigan

The Sprint Cup Series visits the Irish Hills of Brooklyn, Michigan this weekend to take on Michigan International Speedway. The LifeLock 400 is the 15th race of the 2009 Sprint Cup season and will be broadcast live on Sunday, June 14th at 2 pm ET on TNT, with radio coverage …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Joey Logano Discusses an Encounter with Kyle Busch, His Toughest Track and Driving for the Coach

Lumbis: *Your 2009 season has really turned around for the better, starting with Talladega in April. How do you account for such a large turnaround, where you've gone from barely hanging on to the top 35 earlier this year to fighting for top 10 finishes every week?* Logano: I can actually attribute it to a lot of things. Zippy (crew chief Greg Zipadelli) and I are working better together. I’m learning more about telling him what to change. Getting used to these cars is helping a lot. The tough part is when you go to places that you’ve never been to before. Even if you’ve been to them in other series, these cars are so different it’s like being at a new racetrack.

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Despite Claims and Regardless of Guilt, NASCAR’s Drug Policy Fails

Before I get into the meat and potatoes of this article, I want to apologize to my readers for some headaches that it may induce. You see, I am going to be including quotes from NASCAR CEO Brian France. In case you have not experienced these before, I would advise you read the following far away from any loaded firearms, sharp objects, or anything else within reach that may be used to inflict serious bodily harm upon yourself. You will see what I mean in a moment. As we all know, one of the major NASCAR news items these past few weeks has been the suspension of Jeremy Mayfield for "serious violations" of NASCAR’s drug policy. Well, this article is not about whether Mayfield is in fact guilty or innocent -- nor is it about the merits of Jeremy’s lawsuit against NASCAR. It's not even about the merits of NASCAR’s countersuit of Mayfield. No, this article is about where the policy itself falls apart from square one.

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Fanning the Flames: NASCAR’s Trifecta Of Current Events

*Matt, my question is what is the big deal about the NEW restart? I may be a little on the old age side, but I remember that was the way it was in the old days of NASCAR or any racing for that matter. You lined up in your position in the race at any restart and just received credit for the laps actually run past the start finish line. Did I miss something, or do not understand the restart procedure?* *A:* The difference is there are no longer cars one-lap down (or more) lined up to the inside of the leaders. Instead, the lead-lap machines will line up two-by-two (as opposed to single-file) like you’d see at the start of the race. The lapped cars now line up behind the lead-lap cars. “We’ve heard the fans loud and clear,” Brian France told us last week. “‘Double-file restarts – shootout style’ are coming to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series!” Jeez, you want a medal or something?

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Kyle Busch: Back On Track To 200 Wins?

Kyle Busch’s guitar-smashing antics in victory lane following his NASCAR Nationwide Series win at Nashville Superspeedway seems to have captured the lions-share of attention after a busy and newsworthy weekend of NASCAR racing. In fact, his questionable victory celebration overshadowed even the fact that the Federated Auto Parts 300 win was Busch’s 51st NASCAR victory – a number that has him now over a quarter of the way to his goal of 200 NASCAR wins

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Frontstretch Fantasy Insider – Finding What Luck is Left in the Irish Hills

As the Sprint Cup Series turns to the Michigan International Speedway, teams and fans alike will find themselves in the faces of America’s former automotive giants, harshly reminded of the economic tumult that has driven the country into a deep recession. Speaking of giants, look for NASCAR’s giant teams to dominate the weekend. Michigan’s long, wide racing surface places a premium on horsepower, and is a place where the teams that have an intermediate package will clearly outshine the have-nots.

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Will Denny Hamlin’s Supposed “Bad Luck” Derail A Promising Career?

"I think luck is the sense to recognize an opportunity and the ability to take advantage of it. The man who can smile at his breaks and grab his chances gets on." _- Samuel Goldwyn_ There is a tendency in sport, from the highest echelon to the lowest, most grassroots level, to accentuate the short term, focusing on what just happened or what is happening rather than looking at the bigger picture. A driver guiltier of that than most is the wheelman of the No. 11 FedEx Camry -- Denny Hamlin – but after a pair of shocking races, short and term are two words the Virginia native would do well not to let pass his lips in the near future.

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Did You Notice? The Real Problem With Kyle Busch, The Murkiness Of Meth, And Silly Season Revisited

*Did You Notice?* … That in between all the controversy and opinions surrounding Kyle Busch and his guitar smashing, the No. 18 Cup team is in very real danger of not even making the Chase? Before we get to his antics (and don’t worry, I’m not going to comment too much as 1,500 people have already) let’s examine his dropoff in performance. Through 14 races this season, Busch has 353 points less than at this point in 2008, easily the worst dropoff of any full-time driver in this category. He’s currently ninth in the Chase standings, a whopping 312 behind Tony Stewart and just 53 ahead of Mark Martin in 13th place.

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