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What’s Vexing Vito: The Great American Race – Suppressed By The People’s Republic of NASCAR

I’m actually pretty excited this morning. Normally during the week, I’m in a bad mood until about 11:00am, but today is a little different as the actual racing season gets underway with actual racing–The Gatorade Duels at Daytona International Speedway will set the field for Sunday’s 51st running of the …

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Did You Notice? Double Yellow Line Means Ridiculous, Stremme’s Sad Debut, And Said’s Big Chance

*Did You Notice...* The giant black wrecking ball on the track Saturday night? NASCAR was looking for a new wrinkle to make the races more exciting, and... Hold on a second. That was David Stremme? Ohhhh ... _now_ it all makes sense. Seriously, it’s hard to think of a worse debut for a driver with a top-level team. I know the Shootout is an exhibition race, but Stremme was pulling an ugly exhibition of his own Saturday night, involved in multiple wrecks while destroying his Veriz ... er, Penske Championship Racing Dodge. He followed that up by falling flat in qualifying the next day, taking full advantage of his Top 35 exemption into the field after timing in a dismal 41st.

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The NASCAR Stimulus Package: What Can Be Done To Jump Start Racing In America?

There are a myriad of changes on the horizon for NASCAR as the 2009 season kicks off in grand fashion this week. All (or most) of them are aimed at cutting spiraling costs of competing at any of the three levels of America’s premier racing series. Considering this, I got to thinking... what would I put forth if I were president (or owner) of NASCAR for a day? What would be my racing stimulus package? Below are a list of my demands, decrees and edicts, all aimed at injecting a little bit more life into a sport that once graced the cover of Sports Illustrated as “America’s Hottest Sport.”

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Mirror Driving: The Fallout Of No Testing At Daytona, Dueling For… What?, And Avoiding Short Fields

*Saturday's Budweiser Shootout featured several multi-car crashes that took out some top contenders -- including rookie sensation Joey Logano and Cup champions Bobby Labonte and Jimmie Johnson. Was this to be expected in a non-points race, or is it an ominous result of the testing ban — and is there more to come as the ban continues?* Beth: I think it was a little bit of both, actually. Amy: I think it's a sign of things to come for the 500; but after that, not so much. Teams need the track time, but they'll get that the first few weeks.

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Closing NASCAR’s Seventh Decade: The Top 12 Drivers — Including The Champ Who’ll Lead Us Into 2010

2009 closes out the first decade of the 21st Century for NASCAR, and what a long, strange trip it's been. Who would have thought back in 2000 Petty Enterprises would cease to exist nine years later -- along with no Adam Petty to lead NASCAR's first family into the next generation? Or that Dale Earnhardt, Sr. would make only 37 more Cup starts, his death the impetus for a sudden wave of safety innovation no one would have even imagined? And who would have believed that a little-known Busch Series upstart named Jimmie Johnson would be the man rewriting the record books for three full seasons, becoming one of the best stock car drivers ever to set foot in the series?

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Full Throttle – Never Take Safety for Granted

This column comes after hearing the terrible news that Jeremy Lusk passed away in Costa Rica after failing to complete a double grab back flip on a motorcycle. Lusk landed short and went over the handlebars headfirst. The end result was brain and possible spinal damage after his body flipped …

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NASCAR News for Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Owner Points Shakeup in the Nationwide Series Just like in the Sprint Cup Series, there are plenty of changes in the teams that will contest races this season. For example, the No. 2 Chevrolet of RCR and the No. 9 Dodge of Gillett-Evernham Motorsports (now Richard Petty Motorsports) are now …

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2009: A Dream Season… How It Might Happen

*February:* Jeff Gordon puts his 0-for-41 winless streak firmly in the rear-view mirror with a win at the Daytona 500 – his fourth in the biggest race of all. He’s so overcome with emotion that, for the first time in living memory, he screws up the sponsor roll call in Victory Lane. However, Gordon makes up for it by mentioning the omitted sponsor with cheerful relentlessness on the post-race media tour. Smoke finishes a creditable third in his first ride for his new team, while last year’s champion Ryan Newman finishes dead last -- wrecking on just the tenth lap.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not: 2009 Budweiser Shootout at Daytona Edition

Considering the fact that a points-paying race has not yet taken place, gauging the true momentum of drivers and teams is a bit more of a daunting task than it is between races. So much flux and change has occurred in the garages of all three of NASCAR’s top series this offseason, mainly because of the changes teams had to make because of the economy. That constant team and driver upheaval in the garage has left many organizations with a completely different makeup than last year, also opening up new spots for some new startup teams to try and entrench themselves as parts of the weekly NASCAR circus. While their presence is welcomed, it makes the ability to pinpoint their progress more difficult than ever. Following Saturday’s Bud Shootout and Sunday’s qualifying session, some drivers and teams have already begun to stand out as possible contenders and definite holders of momentum -- while others already have chinks in their armor before they can even get a donut on the driver’s side door. Here is this week’s list of Hot, Warm and Cold drivers...

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