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Jeremy Mayfield Hearing Delayed: And The Whole Mess Could Have Been Avoided

It has been almost a month since the suspension of Sprint Cup owner/driver Jeremy Mayfield and the matter is no closer to resolution. Wednesday’s scheduled hearing before a North Carolina Superior Court Judge in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, was cancelled due to an 11th hour move on the part of NASCAR to have the case heard in a federal court. Mayfield and his attorney, Bill Diehl were attempting to gain a temporary restraining order from Superior Court Judge Forrest Bridges that would have lifted NASCAR’s suspension of Mayfield on May 9th for allegedly violating the sanctioning body's substance abuse policy. If successful Mayfield would have been allowed to attempt to qualify for Sunday’s Pocono 500 and following events until the matter is settled in court. NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston offered the following in way of explaining the request for a change in venue, "Administration of NASCAR's substance abuse policy extends to every state in which it races, which is why the logical forum is federal court."

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Fanning the Flames: Carl Long, Brad Keselowski And Other Issues Of The Week

Carl Long, we are with you bud. Just so you know, there are a lot of long-time fans of the sport out here that are appalled by the situation you find yourself in. Thank you for fighting the good fight and speaking frank on the subject. We don’t get that a lot, but whether out of anger or because what you said needed saying, you didn’t back down. I understand that rules must govern a body. However, it befuddles me when an entity like NASCAR, which has a long and storied history of operating within the “gray area” in matters of its rules enforcement, would suddenly go so “black and white” on a guy like Long.

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Frontstretch Fantasy Insider: Trying to Overcome the Pythagorean Theorem of Racing at Pocono

The weekend’s trip to Pocono Raceway is about as far away from the Monster Mile as one can get. An enormous (and enormously wide) 2.5 mile triangle, Pocono is truly a one of a kind race track. With long straightaways and three unique corners, both handling and horsepower will be at a premium this coming weekend. And with NASCAR’s restrictions on gear packages, the old adage of picking drivers apt at road racing when the Series tackles Pocono is no longer sure-fire. However, there are a handful of drivers out there that have flat figured this racing gem among resorts out, and so has the Frontstretch Fantasy Insider.

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What’s Vexing Vito: Carl Long Penalty Further Proof That The Little Guy No Longer Is Welcome In NASCAR

Much like Lloyd Christmas in Dumb & Dumber, just when you didn’t think NASCAR could do anything more asinine than they have as of late, “they go out of their way and totally redeem themselves!” – i.e., out do even themselves yet again. Carl Long, who two weeks ago was …

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Full Throttle – If Carl Long Has Been Wronged, Fans Should Speak With Their Wallets

The National Stock Car Racing Commission listened to Carl Long’s appeal of his fines and suspensions that stemmed from the All-Star weekend, and issued a ruling yesterday. While the Commission acknowledged that Long’s testimony was “genuine and heartfelt” and “expressed a strong love of racing and a desire to compete …

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Did You Notice? Carl Long’s Last Words, Driver Of The Decade, And GM’s Rough Road Ahead?

*Did You Notice?* … That at the end of a provocative, fantastic "interview by ESPN’s Marty Smith,":http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/cup/news/story?id=4225487 Carl Long took a swipe at NASCAR worth expanding on. In case you hadn’t heard, Long lost his appeal of an oversized engine penalty on Tuesday, meaning not only is he stuck with a 12-race suspension from the Cup Series, but his crew chief remains responsible for a record $200,000 fine. If the duo doesn’t pay it (Long refuses to let his head wrench, Charles Swing, fall on the sword on his own), they won’t be racing in NASCAR as of February 2010. The fine leaves Swing without a license and Long’s team in irrecoverable financial difficulty. The decision amounted to a brow-raising move from the NSCRC, especially considering the difficulties small teams are having even staying in business to begin with. But when Smith asked Long about the future of blue-collar, independent organizations like him, he got bluntly honest ...

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Kyle Busch: Who Else Is Sick and Tired of His Act Besides Me?

Busch has most recently been likened to Dale Earnhardt (Sr.), christened the driver most likely to dethrone David Pearson from second place in career victories. Instead, he is pissing and moaning and stomping off like Danica Patrick following a botched Double-A series engagement because – imagine this – a Goodyear tire went flat. It’s too bad that Busch no longer sponsors NASCAR’s junior series, because the best analogy ever would be to call this Busch League behavior; however, that would do much to discredit everybody’s favorite watered-down swill that tastes like horse urine.

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Mirror Driving: Roush’s Rough Start, Prelude To More Dreams At Eldora, And… Pimping Pocono Out?

*After getting of to a fast start and winning the first two events, Roush Fenway Racing has struggled somewhat, which was apparent at Dover where the organization has often dominated races, including last Fall’s. What does Roush need to do to regain the balance of power with Hendrick Motorsports and its satellite operation, Stewart-Haas Racing?* Kurt: Have NASCAR make another serious car change. Seriously, Roush's strength is generally the speedways, and we haven't been at one of those in awhile. Amy: They did look off on Sunday, although Biffle looked OK. But the rest never looked the way I had thought they would.

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Frontstretch Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 Autism Speaks 400 at Dover

Frontstretch Power Rankings
While Jimmie Johnson was completely dominant at Dover, he wasn't the only one with a stellar Sunday at the Monster Mile. Our experts actually rewarded a different driver with the top spot this week, keeping the three-time champ from assuming the throne he'll so desperately seek by Homestead. At the same time, some people who had less than Heluva! Good weekends saw their fortunes turn South in the rankings -- including last week's trendy pick at Lowe's before David Reutimann upstaged him just one week ago. Who are the two drivers of which we speak? You'll have to read on to find out in this week's version of the Frontstretch Top 15.

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