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Full Throttle: Tony Jr., It’s Time To Let Someone Else Guide the Ship

The whole NASCAR world was turned on its ear when Dale Earnhardt, Jr. announced he would be racing for Hendrick Motorsports. Everyone from his staunchest supporters to his biggest detractors all chimed in with one undeniable opinion: There would not be any more excuses. He would be in top equipment, …

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Race For The Chase Far From Over For Those On The Outside Looking In

"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies and statistics." So reportedly said Benjamin Disraeli, prime minister of Great Britain from 1874 to 1880. It’s a well-known quote that is attributed to other writers as well, including Mark Twain, but regardless of its exact point of origin, it’s a quote the drivers placed outside the top 12 would do well to remember. The stats, you see, show that 80 percent of the final Chase field is set after the first Richmond race. In other words, if you’re the on the outside looking in today, you’ve got the odds stacked high, wide and handsome against you. The data shows, that of the 54 total Chase places, in the five iterations of Big Bri’s NASCAR “playoff” lottery, 43 were ultimately taken by men already in the top 10 (2004-2005) or top 12 (2006-2008) leaving the historic Virginia track.

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Talking NASCAR TV: FOX Forgets Important Pit Road Injury During Kyle Busch Coronation

Hello, race fans. Hope you all enjoyed the action last week from Richmond. I enjoyed the racing, that much is clear, but did the coverage do justice to the race? Let’s find out. Friday night was the Lipton Tea 250 for the Nationwide Series from Richmond, televised on ESPN 2. Our own Bryan Davis Keith watched the race Friday night and generally liked the telecast. My thoughts on the coverage are that ESPN 2 is slowly improving. For the sake of this argument, we’ll consider Phoenix to be the “nadir” of the season. The nadir is defined as the lowest of the low. Talladega represented an improvement over Phoenix, but then again, anything’s an improvement over Phoenix. Richmond’s telecast was about the same as Talladega’s.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Crown Royal 400 at Richmond Edition

Watching the running order during Saturday’s Richmond race was similar to watching a yoyo go up and down. Pit strategy, brake wear, copious amounts of cautions, timely adjustments, and good ol’ fashioned hard-nosed racing worked in harmony to jostle both the running positions and the points standings all throughout Saturday night’s event. In comparison to the race a week and a half ago at Talladega, there may not have been an underdog winner or a series of spectacular crashes, but the numerous swaps for the lead and the constant side-by-side racing back through the pack kept its flame of excitement alive.

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Side By Side: Will Dodge Return To NASCAR In 2010?

*Today's Question: With Chrysler filing for bankruptcy, their racing division was quick to reaffirm they'll be involved in NASCAR for the foreseeable future. But with the company's fate now in the government's hands, will they let it happen -- or will Dodge wind up pulling out of the sport following the 2009 season?* Bryan: The last thing the Obama administration is going to do in trying to restore Chrysler to its stature as a viable, red-blooded piece of American industry is to make a spectacle of squashing the company’s involvement in motorsports. What’s the point of celebrating “Yes, we can build American cars” if “No, we can’t race American cars?” Tom: Let's not forget this manufacturer is just one year removed from missing the Chase altogether. So, while losing Dodge is painful, it's not like they have a powerhouse brewing within NASCAR ... and that makes cutting the cord that much easier for a company that's going to be looking to save money any way it can.

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 Crown Royal Presents The Russ Friedman 400 at Richmond

_Each week, we’ll go through media reports, interviews, PR, and all of 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 car owners themselves. This week, here’s a peek at what the drivers were thinking following the Russ Friedman 400 presented by Crown Royal at Richmond International Raceway:_ "I really want to thank Combos, M&M's, Interstate Batteries, Toyota and the fans for coming out tonight. I know they were all supporting me for my birthday tonight, and we pulled out the win for them. The Combos Toyota wasn't great, but it was good enough to matter most when we needed to win here. I know this is another big win this year. I hope the team enjoys it as much as I do. It's amazing." _Kyle Busch_

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Make Some Noise! This Fan’s Thoughts on David Poole

“I’d like to thank the fans…” Usually, this is one of the first things the victor says when he climbs from his car. It’s pretty neat. Your driver just beat out the other guy, hopefully with a bit of drama involved. He’s about to collect a million dollar check and …

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Five Points to Ponder: 2009 Crown Royal 400 at Richmond Edition

*A Busch birthday* On a magical night for NASCAR’s brightest young star, Kyle Busch blew out 24 candles and picked up a Sprint Cup trophy in the same day, becoming only the second driver to accomplish such a feat. The birthday win puts him in a league with only Cale Yarborough, but its significance is even greater when you look at the numbers. At exactly 24 years of age, the flamboyant Vegas native is now the youngest driver ever to record 15 Sprint Cup wins, and is at a total of 50 victories across the sport’s top three series.

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