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Blue Smoke and Burnt Rubber: Talk at the Track #2

CJ: Welcome race fans to another installment of Talk at the Track. I’m your host, C.J. Parker and this week we welcome GSCA series director Stan Fielding to our show. Mr. Fielding, we’ve had a bit of excitement in the pits this week surrounding the Van Lytton teams. What does …

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Clint Bowyer: Still Flying Under The Radar

Clint Bowyer, the pride of Emporia, Kansas, was on virtually nobody’s preseason list of "drivers most likely to win the 2009 Sprint Cup Championship." But five weeks into the season, the top-performing driver with RCR -- on its newest team, no less -- finds himself as one of the top contenders in this year's points Chase. And why wouldn't he be? After all, Bowyer has finished in the top 5 in points each of the previous two years on the circuit. But after switching to the brand new No. 33 Chevrolet in the offseason, most of the media and the fans in the stands didn't see it that way.

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Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: Formula for Success?

You’ve got to hand it to the powers that be that run Formula One -- at least when they’re not consorting with hookers or doing their mad Rumplestiltskin on meth impersonations. They realize their brand of racing is in trouble. Skyrocketing budgets and technology has eclipsed driver skill and passing (well, they call it "overtaking" … those damn English have a different word for everything, which pisses me off... we let them steal our language). To combat the problem, several initiatives have been adopted to add some drama back to F1 racing -- some of them so complex as to boggle this writer’s imagination. However, one of the easiest to understand is the new F1 points system introduced last week.

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Pushing Through NASCAR’s Press Conference Daze About Nothing

"Last week":https://frontstretch.com/jmeyer/23100/ I reported, in part, about the press conference held at Lowe's Motor Speedway that announced another press conference would be forthcoming in a couple of weeks. Oh, that's right! They also named Ric Flair as the Honorary All-Star Race Director for 2009 ... but that was just a side show. Instead, at the time LMS officials dangled “the carrot of All-Star race change” in front of a vegetable crazed-media but declined to comment further, presumably to let them stew a bit. After all, no good stew is worth anything if there ain’t a carrot or two involved!

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Fanning the Flames: Yeah, I’ll Admit It; I Miss The Old Bristol Stomp

Ah, Bristol; you gotta love it. Even when we have a race that isn’t considered to be one of the all-time classics (Sunday’s was at best a 5.0 on the excitement scale) the fervor generated amongst the fan base reaches a fever pitch. Old Bristol or new? Bump ‘n’ Run or hit the high groove? Frustration, bird flippin’, and post-race tirades... or more of the same old canned answers after the checkers? See, what I miss about the “old” Bristol is the intense emotion of the whole show. The guys were crammed into a giant blender for three hours in melting hot pieces of steel and rubber that belched exhaust fumes and deafening noise. The makeup of the track and the cars mandated they use certain, uh, shall we say “means” of getting the business of the day done. Afterward, the frustration (or jubilation) and raw nerves of 43 men on the edge were bared for all to see. Unfortunately, it’s not that way anymore.

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Frontstretch Fantasy Insiders: No Need for Headache Powder at Martinsville

_As NASCAR’s first short track leg of the season continues, the Cup circuit heads from a drastically altered Bristol Motor Speedway to a track that, well, hasn’t changed much at all since the 1950s. Martinsville Speedway is still a flat-banked, claustrophobic paper clip that provides the most old-school racing still seen today in big-time stock car competition. And with the help of Frontstretch’s Fantasy Insiders, there will be no need for fantasy racers to make use of the ample free samples of Goody’s that will be circling the track this weekend. We'll leave those to the drivers knocked out in all those crashes, leaving your fantasy team to dominate on the .526-mile oval with the right drivers capable of making it through._

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NASCAR News for Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Buskirk Expected to Return at Martinsville Kevin Buskirk, crew chief for the Richard Petty Motorsports No. 19 Dodge Charger of Elliott Sadler, is expected to return to his pit box this weekend at Martinsville Speedway for the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 following a battle with a stomach bug he acquired …

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Did You Notice? Earnhardt’s Free Pass, Busch’s Less Than Intimidating Nature, And Mourning NASCAR’s Past

*Did You Notice?* … Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s been getting rather "lucky" these days? Just 19th in points after five races, so much talk has centered around the No. 88 team struggling to get it together. Some feel like they’ve turned the corner towards respectability in recent weeks … but I’m not so sure. A quick look at the Free Pass statistics tells you all you need to know about his season. With six free passes used in four races, Junior’s needed help to get put in position to finish even as high as he has. And whatever you think the problem is, the facts speak volumes for a four car Hendrick organization that prides itself on a top 5 finish being a disappointment. Junior hasn’t even had one of those since Martinsville last Fall, where he wound up second to Jimmie Johnson; and at this point, it's been over eight months since he was the top-performing HMS car in a race (Coke Zero 400 - July 2008).

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