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Top Ten Ploys Used By NASCAR To Draw Attention Away From Its Discrimination Lawsuit

*10.* Make sure that NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver wins, so the maximum number of people are happy. *9.* Make sure Kyle Busch doesn’t win for exactly the same reason. *8.* Send an expendable official out in front of Matt Kenseth’s car to create controversy and sympathy for all officials. *7.* Allow the officials to unionize, thus creating the Association For Race Officials, (AFRO) so this sort of thing doesn’t happen again.

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s Win Gave NASCAR What It Needed: Putting The Focus Back On Racing

Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s first win in over two years could not have come at a better time for the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing. The sanctioning body desperately needed something positive to transpire for the sport after a week in which it found itself in the forefront of the national news -- and not for anything race related _on the track._ Instead, they were being sued by a former employee, Mauricia Grant, a NASCAR Busch [Nationwide] Series official who alleges that she had been subjected to racial and sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, and wrongful termination. The $225 million lawsuit details, among other particulars, racial remarks that Grant, a black woman who was employed by NASCAR from January 2005 – October 2007, was subjected to by co-workers. Before Dale Jr. trumped the field at Michigan International Speedway Sunday in a fuel strategy race, the lawsuit appeared to be continuing to “grow legs” and threatened to be a headliner going into this week. NASCAR has “circled the wagons” and denies that Grant had ever made the organization aware that there was a problem; nonetheless, hours before the running of the LifeLock 400 and following their own preliminary internal investigation of the matter, NASCAR announced that they had suspended two officials accused in the lawsuit of exposing themselves to Grant.

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Frontstretch Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2008 LifeLock 400 at Michigan

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The Irish Hills of Michigan once again produced a fuel mileage finish that will have people buzzing for weeks. Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s strategic win -- one that came packaged with a little luck -- was enough to move him up the rankings. But did he knock off rival Kyle Busch? We'll tell you this much; for the first time in months, Busch is not alone atop the charts. Meanwhile, Matt Kenseth continues to climb in the rankings and seems to be on the verge of becoming Chase eligible. Tony Stewart also had a strong run in Michigan behind Kenseth, but lost two spots to two impressive underdogs. Who were those surprises, and which Penske Racing driver is just barely receiving votes these days? Read on to see if you agree or disagree with the latest choices by the Frontstretch writers.tly ...

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Home Depot Racing: 2008 LifeLock 400 at Michigan Race Report

Tony Stewart and Co. Lock-Up Top Five at Michigan Home Depot Driver Rises to 11th in Points after LifeLock 400 Date: June 15, 2008 Event: LifeLock 400 (Round 15 of 36) Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Location: Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn (two-mile oval) Start/Finish: 12th/Fifth (Running, completed 203 of …

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Is Brian Vickers For Real?

In the three years since my job and NASCAR crossed paths, changing my sportwatching life forever, one of my absolute favorite moments — of many good times — came at Talladega. Regular readers of my column will be aware of my love for the 2.66-mile behemoth of a track in Alabama, as evidenced by an "article":https://frontstretch.com/dpeters/16103/ on the subject earlier this season; so, it’s not surprising that one of my fondest memories came at the series' largest track. The race in question was the fourth of the 2006 Chase. David Gilliland took the pole, with RYR teammate Dale Jarrett alongside. Two cautions (for debris) in the first 134 laps lulled the pack into a false sense of security; but just five laps later, Jimmie Johnson got into the back of Carl Edwards, causing the No. 99 to wiggle. That's when the fun began, as a smoking 14-car wreck ensued that took out no less than three Chasers. Then, with 22 laps to go in the race, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. pulled low and took the lead, holding that position through one final caution until the white flag lap. That's when things got interesting.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2008 LifeLock 400 at Michigan Edition

The long-awaited first Hendrick-Earnhardt victory finally came this week at Michigan, but it didn't come without controversy. Winning on fuel mileage, the No. 88 team worked some pit strategy to make it to victory lane, but Matt Kenseth and Brian Vickers have criticized Junior and NASCAR for allowing the eventual winner to pass the pace car under caution. Nevertheless, Junior's win was still well-deserved and certainly earned. Earnhardt wasn't the only one who enjoyed success at the 2-mile oval, the Red Bull and Roush-Fenway teams also had strong runs. To see which teams made the "HOT" list this week, check out this week's edition of Who's Hot / Who's Not in Sprint Cup.

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Running Their Mouth: 2008 LifeLock 400 at Michigan

_Each week, we’ll go through media reports, interviews, PR, and all our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Sprint Cup race, capturing the story of how the weekend unfolded. It’s the most original commentary you’ll ever find: the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of the drivers, crew members, and the car owners themselves. This week, here’s a sneak peek at what a select few were thinking following the LifeLock 400 at Michigan International Speedway:_ "Thanks to all the fans. I had a lot of fun today. I want to say Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there. I'm thankful for everyone at Hendrick believing in me, all my teammates and co-crew chiefs. All of these guys put so much into this to help us. I just have to thank everybody, I just had a real good car." _Dale Earnhardt, Jr._

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Talking NASCAR TV: TNT Not The Only Network To Step It Up A Notch This Week

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. had a lot of reasons to win Sunday’s Lifelock 400 at Michigan International Speedway, not the least of which was the strong reader response to my being critical of Junior for lethargic television interviews in "last week’s column.":https://frontstretch.com/dturnbull/17431/ The results were varied, but most sided with Junior, saying that he does enough media appearances to suffice the wants and demands of the networks and that he deserves some lenience about his interviews, considering he does them after racing in extreme heat for several hours. I’m sure Junior read the column for inspiration, and that led him to Victory Lane on Sunday - I'm positive. But seriously, whether Junior read the column and the responses or not, his win did give TNT and other entities covering the race something to talk about after a rather dull event up to that point. Junior’s reaction to winning for the first time in 76 races – and on Father’s Day at that - definitely makes up for any lackluster interviews he may have delivered in past weeks. Instead, the raw emotion poured from his being as he congratulated and embraced teammates; it was clear a monkey was lifted off his back.

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Road Course Ringers Running Short On Wins

Max Papis. Brian Simo. Ron Fellows. This weekend, some of the most accomplished road racing veterans will once again descend upon Infineon Raceway in a stock car, looking to translate success from other series into an upset victory on their biannual tour around the Sprint Cup circuit. There’s just one problem; barring a miracle, every single one of them will come up short. But that doesn’t stop the same continuous cycle of hope turned hopeless, as each one embarks on a quest for a rather unlikely trip to the top rung of stock car’s highest ladder – complete with an assist from NASCAR teams willing to hire them. Or are they? In looking at the entry list this week, I’m noticing a trend; slowly but surely, the number of ringers is dwindling significantly with each passing year. This weekend, just four will attempt to qualify on the 1.99-mile twists and turns of Infineon Raceway: Boris Said will join the three listed above, taking a stab at qualifying with his single-car No. 60 No Fear Ford operation. That number of just four ringers is 43% less from last year’s total of seven, and down 56% from the 2006 total of nine. It's a downward spiral that -- based on the current system -- I don’t expect it to go up again anytime soon.

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