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Jeff Gordon, NASCAR’s Elder Statesman?

It’s been 12 years since Jeff Gordon made his first start at Texas Motor Speedway in the Spring of 1997. I was only 16... but I remember every bit of it. Gordon was nearing the peak of his career then, leading 69 laps in the speedway’s Cup debut. Comfortably in the top 5, 25-year-old Gordon remained in contention until contact between Ernie Irvan and Greg Sacks made him an innocent victim of a wreck not of his making. The No. 24 car slammed into both cars in front of him, destroying the front end of his DuPont Chevrolet and turning his day into a pile of mush. The crowd cheered.

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 O’Reilly 300 at Texas

On paper, this one wasn’t even close. And for over 250 miles on Saturday, it wasn’t. In the end, though, Kyle Busch led 178 of the 200 laps run to score his third win of the 2009 season. But he came very close to losing it. Brad Keselowski, who started 42nd in a backup car after a qualifying wreck, sliced and diced through the field and with less than 20 laps to go was running down Kyle Busch’s No. 18.

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Big Six: 2009 Samsung 500 at Texas

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? I never thought it would be this good, this fast. But Tony Stewart has made the turnaround at Stewart-Haas Racing so fast it makes your head spin. While Ryan Newman needs a little more help to get up to speed, Stewart has shown …

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Once And For All, The Reason Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Isn’t Winning

Last week, the bubbling cauldron that is the motorsports media began to boil over once again, reaching a point where Dale Earnhardt, Jr. publicly asserted that his crew chief Tony Eury, Jr. is a capable mechanic and even that he himself would be willing to take some of the blame for his failure to run better than he has. His owner Rick Hendrick, someone who knows a little bit about putting together a winning race team, has also expressed confidence in the No. 88 bunch, assuring everyone that they can put it together and do it soon. That Junior has visited victory lane far less than expected since his joining Hendrick Motorsports has been, to say the least, a grain of sand in the Junior Nation oyster. And everyone has a theory why the winless streak continues—from too many off-track distractions to an inadequate crew chief to the ever-comical “he’s driving the R&D car”, as if Rick Hendrick paid millions to hire the most popular driver in NASCAR to test brake setups. Proud members of the anti-Junior Nation gleefully suggest that Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is simply a mediocre driver. So what’s the real answer?

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How Five are Faring After Six: Looking at the 2009 Favorites So Far

The 2009 Sprint Cup season rolls into April, and while nothing is carved in the sand, let alone stone, things are starting to become a little clearer for several teams. While some are living up to preseason expectations, others are struggling to live up to them. I’m going to take a closer look at the seasons of five of our preseason favorites--and see where they shake down six races into the year.

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Driven to the Past: Watching a Part of History…

When the NASCAR cars came to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the now famous Goodyear tire test back in the 90s, I told one of my co-workers at Indianapolis Raceway Park that I’d seen stock cars run on that track before. He thought I was talking about the IROC test, but I told him it was in November of 1961.

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Scott Speed Diary: Playing Rummy with Kyle Busch and the Winter Music Fest

Well, it certainly was a disappointing weekend at Martinsville last Sunday. I thought we had our best chance so far to turn this season around when we were riding in the top 10. It just seems like Kyle Busch has it out for me this year, between the Las Vegas Nationwide race and now last week! I’m kidding actually, in reality we’re buddies.

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Nuts for Nationwide: A Look at the Soon-to-Be Top 30

This weekend’s upcoming race at Texas Motor Speedway will mark the fifth event of the season for the Nationwide Series and the final race before reverting to the 2009 owner point standings to determine who is locked into the field each weekend. Looking at the current standings, there are a number of teams that are all but locks to be in the top 30 cutoff after Saturday’s 300-miler. Roush Fenway Racing’s No. 16 team, Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 18, NEMCO Motorsports’ No. 87 and Braun Racing’s No. 10 are all operations that will likely breath a sigh of relief when they go to qualify at Nashville two weeks from now…because they won’t have to.

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Spoiler Picks, Round 7: Samsung 500

By Phil Allaway and Mike Ravesi Well, last week’s competition was very, very close. Both Phil and Mike’s secondary picks had tire problems and finished outside of the top 35, while the primary picks finished in the top 10. Here’s a quick recap of last week’s picks. Phil’s Picks: 26 …

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