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Why I Don’t Love Plate Racing Anymore and Up Next: The Best Month of the Season

Even by Talladega’s “biggest, baddest” standards, that was quite the race weekend in Alabama, wasn’t it, dear readers? Matt Kenseth’s crash in the Nationwide race was violent and scary looking, but it pales into almost insignificance when compared to the carnage the airborne No. 99 Ford Fusion caused on the final lap -- not to mention the double helping of the "Big One" that bookended the 188 laps of mayhem and general disaster. I wasn’t able to watch the race in normal time, so when I finally got home and fired up the DV-R, it was already quite late in the evening.

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When Radio Killed the NASCAR TV Star

Look, every week we get together and complain. We grumble about the terrible car, rude drivers, annoying animated critters, destroyed TV presentations and boring races. It’s pretty much an endless pit of NASCAR annoyance, isn’t it? I’ve been thinking… do you think it might just be us? I am the …

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Numbers Game: 2009 Aaron’s 499 at Talladega

0.175 Brad Keselowski‘s margin of victory over Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Saturday in the Aaron’s 499. 1 Career win for Keselowski in five starts. 1 Career Cup win for car owner James Finch after Keselowski’s trip to Victory Lane on Saturday. 1 Number of times winner Keselowski led the Aaron’s 499 …

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Five Points to Ponder: 2009 Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Edition

*A NASCAR induced near-disaster?* Like every single person watching the FOX telecast or sitting in the stands at the 2.66-mile superspeedway that has produced some of the scariest incidents in NASCAR history, I too held my breath waiting for the window net to drop on the No. 99 car after Carl Edwards went sailing into the fence. But as soon as Edwards climbed out of his machine and sprinted to the stripe Ricky Bobby-style, my emotions quickly turned from relief to anger.

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Rookies Find Checkers, Not Wreckers At ‘Dega With Keselowski, Speed, Logano Mastering Draft

*Brad Keselowski:* *Start: 9th; Finish: 1st* *Summary:* Brad Keselowski raced the Aaron’s 499 in the same manner as one would want to play a game of poker. After starting in the top 10, Keselowski spent much of the afternoon darting to the front of the pack, only to fall off the pace soon thereafter, leaving his competitors scratching their heads as to exactly what was under the hood of his Miccosukee Chevy.

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Bubble Breakdown: Part-Timer Wins At Talladega While Top 30 Teams Turn In Top 15s

Talladega Superspeedway was the setting this week for the running of the Aaron’s 499. Bubble teams kicked up a little pre-race news as Sam Hornish, Jr. posted a career best qualifying run, starting fourth, before suddenly getting sick with the flu -- forcing the team to fly in Travis Kvapil as a standby driver in case Hornish wasn’t able to finish the race. Also making some noise was Robby Gordon in his self-owned No. 7 car. Robby was the fastest in the field during the first practice, but after sliding down the timing sheets in the second one, he had a 38th place qualifying run thrown out because his car didn’t make NASCAR’s minimum height requirement -- as did Reed Sorenson -- sending both drivers to the back of the field for the start. But Hornish and Gordon weren't the only bubble stories by the time the checkered flag flew in the Aaron’s 499.

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Aaron’s 312 at Talladega

It’s often been said that on a late restart, the last place a driver wants to be is leading a restrictor plate race. Ryan Newman found that out the hard way on Saturday. Despite playing the ride in the back strategy to perfection all day long after winning the pole Friday and leading at the white flag lap, the Rocket found himself unable to hold off the hard chargers behind him at the finish. But in this case, the second place driver didn’t take the win, either. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who had stalked Newman through the race’s final few laps, was unable to overcome Newman’s block in the tri-oval coming off of turn four. That opened the door for… David Ragan?

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Brad Keselowski Wins 2009 Aaron’s 499 at Talladega

Talladega had an unlikely hero on Sunday. Brad Keselowski braved a block from Carl Edwards, whose car went airborne and across Ryan Newman‘s car, to win his first Sprint Cup race at Talladega in only his fifth career start. Edwards’ car, meanwhile, went flying into the catch fence, ripping into …

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