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NASCAR Should Reconsider The Four Car Per Team Rule

At Darlington this past weekend, three of the top five finishing cars were from Hendrick Motorsports. The other two got their engines from Hendrick. A part time Hendrick team finished seventh, making six out of the top seven either Hendrick or Hendrick-affiliated teams. It was domination from one team that has rarely been seen in a single event. Looking through the glasses of NASCAR’s never-ending push for parity, it’s easy to look at the Darlington results and conclude that bigger teams have too much of an upper hand in this sport. That’s what glasses do. NASCAR’s well-meaning solution has been to place a limit on how many cars a team can field. Jack Roush is going to soon have to make a decision about whether to let go of David Ragan or Jamie McMurray, assuming he wants to hold on to Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards, which is a safe assumption. As a result, one of those two drivers will be out of a ride and a team will be looking for work in what is not a promising economy. And none of that is going to make Robby Gordon any faster.

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After 25 Years of All-Star Races, One Really Stands Out, But Not For the Racing

With the 25th running of the All-Star race coming up Saturday night, I was supposed to write a column about memorable All-Star Races...or something like that. You know, standard rundown of the big moments. But the problem with that reared its ugly head in oh, about 30 seconds. I don’t really remember any. Sure, I could go to the highlight reels, but considering that everyone and their brother has done that, and on TV, with film to back it up--well, suffice it to say that didn’t do it for me. There have been moments for sure. I’ll admit a small measure of something like, oh, say complete and utter glee following Kyle Busch’s spin a couple of years ago at the moment I realized that he was going to take Kurt with him. But I’m not proud of being happy that someone wrecked, and besides, I couldn’t tell you who actually won that race, which is, after all, the point.

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Kenny Wallace Driver Diary: Getting Better Every Week

Our team put a lot of effort into a new short track car. We went to Phoenix with it, and I really thought we were going to have a good run. We had an unexpected motor change before the race, and when they dropped the green flag, we made one lap and a darn coil wire fell out, of all things. We came in and put the coil wire back in, and then went back out. The car was fast. But it’s kind of hard to go out when you’re nine laps down and you don’t want to get yourself in any trouble. After that, we went to Talladega. We had a good run there, and drove the car accordingly. My car owner thought there would be a big wreck, but it was a smooth race, uncharacteristic for Talladega. Everybody wanted to finish. We’re so used to going to Talladega and everybody wanting to wreck so we approached the race in wreck mode. My car owner can’t afford me to be wrecking cars. If we wreck too many cars, it puts us out of business. Although I love to race and put myself up there, we had to go ahead and race on defense.

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Tearing Apart the Trucks: The Struggles of Trail Motorsports

The Camping World Truck Series hits the track again tonight at Lowe's Motor Speedway. At Kansas Speedway, the Truck Series saw its first short field. That came as a surprise because I expected it to happen sooner considering that all through the off season, the big news was the economy and the effect it would have on NASCAR. There are certainly teams across the top three tiers of NASCAR struggling to make ends meet, but it definitely appears to be hitting the Truck Series the hardest.

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In Case You Missed It: Friday, May 15, 2009

Fan Vote Names Kahne’s 2008 All-Star Win Greatest Moment In Track History Lowe’s Motor Speedway, host of the All-Star race this week and the Coca-Cola 600 next week, held a fan vote to determine what was the greatest moment in track history. The winner was the All-Star Race of 2008, …

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NASCAR News for Friday, May 15, 2009

No. 91 Nationwide Team Penalized For Darlington Infraction NASCAR announced on Thursday that Michael Allen, crew chief for the MSRP Motorsports No. 91 driven by Terry Cook, has been fined for rule violations in last Friday’s race at Darlington Raceway. Allen was found in violation of Section 12-1 (actions detrimental …

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Frontstretch Folio: 2009 Sprint Showdown/Sprint All-Star Race

The Sprint Cup Series heads to Concord, NC this weekend for their 25th annual All-Star event, the 24th of which that’s been held at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. It’s a night filled with aggressive action and no-holds-barred racing without any sort of points on the line, as drivers fight to both …

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Q&A with Miss Sprint Cup: Anne-Marie Rhodes

_You see her in Victory Lane after every week and sometimes you see double. Both Anne- Marie Rhodes and Monica Palumbo have been the faces of the reincarnation of Miss Winston, playing the role for mobile giant Nextel and then Sprint, after Sprint bought out the company and assumed the title sponsorship of the Cup Series. Rhodes sat down with Frontstretch.com’s Doug Turnbull at Talladega Superspeedway back in April to discuss the coming All-Star weekend, how she got the Miss Sprint Cup job, if she ever wants to get behind the wheel of a racecar, and the wildest things she has seen in Victory Lane._

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Blue Smoke and Burnt Rubber: Chapter 7

Thursday Night Raleigh, N.C. Chris pushed through the gyrating mob that filled the dance floor of O’Flynn’s Double Malt Bar. He waved at a couple crew members from the No. 47 team and their wives. Was that a new girl on the arm of Tommy Burke? This was always a …

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Fanning the Flames: Did Someone Say “10-Lap Shootout?”

*Matt, with all the changes the All-Star Race has undergone over the previous decade can you give me a rundown of who is eligible and what the new rules in place for this season’s race are? Thanks!* _— Thomas Bell, Sunbury, PA_ *A:* Good idea, Thomas. Let’s run this down real quick for use as a reference come Saturday night. Sixteen drivers are locked in to the All-Star Race by virtue of winning at least one points-paying race in 2008 and/or 2009. One driver, Bobby Labonte, is in by virtue of his Cup title in 2000, and Kevin Harvick is in as a past winner of the event.

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