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Nuts for Nationwide: The Heroes of Tomorrow Really Are Racing Today

In an interview I did with Mike Bliss at Charlotte last year, the Nationwide Series veteran gave me one quote that I have never forgotten during my time covering the Nationwide Series. _“Sponsors want that brand name, [a] Carl Edwards, to do all the shows. Well, you can find another driver and build another hero.”_ This past Sunday, the stock car racing community was reminded of this in spectacular fashion, as a Nationwide Series regular gave a new definition to Cupwhacker: He whacked the Cup Series field, scoring a dramatic win at Talladega that saw him overpower three of the sport’s most talented stars in Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards and Ryan Newman.

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In Case You Missed It: Friday, May 1, 2009

Upgrades Planned For Kentucky Speedway Speedway Motorsports Inc., the owner of Kentucky Speedway, has begun a $13.5 million set of improvements to the track. The enhancements to the facility include expanded parking, infield camping facilities, and augmented track access roads. “Kentucky Speedway is great and we’re making a lot of …

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NASCAR News for Friday, May 1, 2009

Teenager Injured at Talladega Released From Hospital Blake Bobbitt, the teenage fan whose jaw had been broken from flying debris from Carl Edwards’ Talladega last lap wreck, was released from the UAB hospital on Thursday. Bobbitt had reconstructive surgery to repair her jaw. Bobbitt, one of seven fans injured in …

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Blue Smoke and Burnt Rubber: Chapter Six

Even in the dark it roared. Thrumming through his body—the very soles of his feet. Chris swallowed against the rush of adrenaline. Out there, in the fog, they were racing. He strained against the murk before his eyes, his ears telling him something wasn’t right. In the distance, he heard …

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Kurt Busch: Welcome Back

Largely lost in the hubbub surrounding Sunday’s action packed contest at Talladega Superspeedway that culminated with a spectacular crash, a win by a part-time Sprint Cup driver with only five starts under his belt and the surprising finishes by the likes of Scott Speed, Joey Logano and Marcos Ambrose was the fact that Kurt Busch is now leading the driver’s championship point standings. On the merits of a sixth place finish in the Aarons’s 499, Busch moved ahead of 4-time Cup Champion Jeff Gordon and left Alabama with a slim five-point lead heading into Saturday night's race from the Richmond International Raceway. On one hand, topping the standings after only nine of 36 events on the Cup schedule isn’t that big a deal, but on the other hand that Busch, who despite being a former champion has not lead in points in more than four years, finds himself on top is significant.

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Fanning the Flames: Making Sense Of The Talladega Mayhem

*Why is everyone complaining about the [Talladega] finish? The fence held! The drivers walked away! It worked like it was supposed to! Let them race and quit complaining!* _— Kevin Hart_ *A:* I’ll give you those points. Yes, the fence held and yes, everyone walked away, but we simply can’t have cars flying all over the place — especially into the catch fencing that separates the field of competition from thousands of spectators. It just can’t happen.

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Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: Remembering David Poole (1959-2009)

Things have changed so much in our sport the last few years, there's not much left that's stayed the same. But one of those things I could always count on for the past 13 years was logging onto "ThatsRacin.com":https://www.thatsracin.com/ an hour or so after the race to get David Poole’s take on the event and other issues concerning the sport. I didn’t always agree with Poole, but his columns were consistently well-written, entertaining, and well thought out.

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A Yellow Line Rant Of A Different Color

What a difference a half a year makes! A little over six months ago, we had a lot to write about after the race at Talladega. Seems that a mostly unknown rookie almost won a Cup race at Talladega. That man was Regan Smith. Without rehashing the whole ordeal, in short, Reagan was forced below the (then single) yellow line by Tony Stewart, but yet still managed to pass him for the (supposed) win!

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Frontstretch Fantasy Insider: Beating and Banging in the Capital of the South

With Talladega in the rear-view mirror, the Sprint Cup Series turns to the cozier confines of Richmond International Raceway and good ol' fashioned short tracking this week. But while the Series’ last downforce race at Phoenix offered a glimpse of who you'd expect to contend in Virginia’s capital, don't discount what happened last Sunday. With more than half of the top 12 in the standings involved in wrecks, the wild-card race at Talladega certainly managed to throw a wrench into the momentum of some contenders. The "Big One" doesn't discriminate whenever it chooses its victims ... and the hangover from those nasty crashes can last a couple of weeks if teams aren't careful. With that in mind, who's ready to vault towards fantasy perfection at the track many call perfect for racing? Short-tracking on a Saturday night is always cause to put a smile on race fans' faces… and with the help of the Frontstretch Insiders, this weekend will be all the more enjoyable for you and your fantasy lineup.

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First Plymouth, Now Pontiac: Legendary Performance and NASCAR Name Plate Sacrificed In Favor Of Big, Ugly, Stupid Buicks

This week, it was announced that General Motors is pulling the plug on Pontiac. The brand that brought us so many legendary nameplates such as the GTO, Trans Am, Grand Prix, and Bonneville will be put out to pasture with the rest of America’s storied nameplates such as Plymouth, Studabaker, …

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