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Driven to the Past: ‘Different’ Tracks

Got to thinking about some of the stranger tracks I’ve worked on... First one that comes to mind was a UMRA TQ Midget race in the coliseum at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. First indoor race for me. Very small track, and VERY narrow turns 1 and 2. Reason was a big hole inside those turns covered with 2x8 boards--something to do with the ice-making equipment for hockey games. We moved the boundary tires out past it, and that narrowed up the turns. I had offered the opinion that if we took the boards off, it wouldn’t be a problem after we filled it up with cars, but nobody liked that idea.

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Nuts for Nationwide: 75,000 Eye-Openers, Plus 12 More

The announced attendance for Saturday’s NNS event was 15,000. 15,000. To put that in perspective, that’s 75,000 empty seats on the frontstretch. DC United of Major League Soccer draws more than 15,000 fans for many of their regular season games. Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, NC draws more than 15,000 for their Whelen All-American Series races. _Duke football_ draws more than 15,000 fans to the ditch that is Wallace Wade Stadium to watch one of the nation’s lowliest college football programs.

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NASCAR News for Friday, February 27, 2009

Girl Who Gave Earnhardt “Lucky Penny” To Appear At Bristol NASCAR announced on Thursday that Wessa Miller, the girl who gave Dale Earnhardt, Sr. a “lucky penny” that he carried with him as he won the 1998 Daytona 500, will be attending the upcoming Bristol Motor Speedway race with her …

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In Case You Missed It: Friday, February 27, 2009

Rheem Staying On With Harvick For Four More Nationwide Races Kevin Harvick, Inc. announced that Rheem, manufacturer of heating units and air conditioners, will be sponsoring the team for four more Nationwide races. Which races will be sponsored has not been disclosed. Rheem will be promoting their new tankless water …

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Frontstretch Folio: 2009 Shelby 427 at Las Vegas

The Sprint Cup Series heads to “Sin City” this weekend to test their luck at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The Shelby 427 is the third race of the 2009 Sprint Cup season and will be broadcast live on Sunday, March 1st at 3:30 pm ET on FOX, with radio …

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Kevin Harvick Came Close To Catching “The Turtle” — And Should Be Commended For It

Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil team's record-setting streak of 81 races without a DNF ended at Fontana, California last Sunday. It was a tough pill to swallow for Harvick and his Richard Childress Racing crew, who had finished every Sprint Cup event since Dover in September of 2006. After an engine failure got the better of them at the Monster Mile, their streak of running at the finish lasted through the rest of 2006, the entire 2007 and 2008 seasons, and into the second race of the 2009 Cup schedule. That's an impressive feat that Harvick and his crew should be immensely proud of. Perhaps it's a milestone that doesn't measure up to multiple championships or Daytona 500 wins to most fans; but even if you don't give it quite as much credit, this feat does say a lot about the team and its driver. It is a testament to their fierce competitiveness, pride, and most certainly the skill of the man behind the wheel.

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Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: Welcome to My Nightmare

_Welcome to my nightmare_ _I think you're gonna like it_ _I think you're gonna feel... you belong_ - Alice Cooper I’ve long been ridiculed as a prophet of doom. I’ve been saying since Brian France took over as CEO of NASCAR that this sport’s best days are behind it and the end is nigh. I’ve put forth the proposition that the “realignment” of the schedule, the Chase and the Car of Tomorrow have been the three heralds of NASCAR’s impending apocalypse.

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Week 2 At Auto Club Speedway… Like It Never Even Happened

Everyone is talking about how boring the events (well the racing ones, anyway) are at California’s Auto Club Speedway; and quite frankly, I would have to agree. Of all the tracks that the Series races at, ACS is the _last_ place I would ever visit... or even want to. Oh sure, I might go to one – if I were walking down the street in L.A., glanced down, and found a free ticket lying on the ground – but that would be the only way. Oddly enough, I will be in L.A. shortly after the Vegas race, and I could see that happening – an unused ticket from a week and a half ago, lying on the ground in the middle of the street. Wouldn’t surprise me a bit. But what is the point of NASCAR going to California in the first place?

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Fanning the Flames: Unpopular Views On The Week That Was In NASCAR

WARNING: You are not going to agree with what you read in the following three paragraphs. Not many of you, anyway. See, I didn’t think the California race was as bad as most of you out there. There was an exciting battle for the win, a pass for the lead late in the pits, and four-wide racing scattered about the race track. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t Darlington ’03... but it wasn’t Indy ’08, either. All things considered, I'll take it over the Oscars. Also, I didn’t mind the start time. I know that’s been such a sore spot amongst the masses the last two weeks...

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Frontstretch Fantasy Insiders: Loading the Dice for a Sin City Payoff

_The Sprint Cup Series concludes its two-week, West Coast tour with a stop at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Sunday. It's the first race of the season on a 1.5-mile oval, the most common distance for a NASCAR track in this division. Since being reconfigured with higher banking in the corners, LVMS has become an entirely different animal, going from "cookie cutter" to highly competitive throughout its 427-mile main event. With its asphalt ever aging, expect the racing to evolve even further this coming weekend. But when push comes to shove, LVMS is another intermediate oval, after all -- which means it’s more than likely that come race’s end, the usual suspects from the sport's biggest teams will be running up front. In eleven total races at this track, a car from Roush or Hendrick has stood in Victory Lane all but once, when Sterling Marlin pulled the upset for Chip Ganassi Racing in 2002._

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