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NASCAR’s Biggest Problem – Jimmie Johnson

To read and listen to diatribes from many of us—and yours truly pleads as guilty as anyone—most every disgruntled fan can put a finger on what currently ails NASCAR. Check Jayski every day and you can also usually find someone offering “solutions” to NASCAR’s steadily dropping ratings and attendance numbers. Some suggestions might actually help in practice; some make you wonder where you can get such high-quality ganja. However, one glaring problem NASCAR has seems to go somewhat unnoticed by the press and blogosphere, even if the problem is often articulated through other means. And there really isn’t much NASCAR can do about it. Jimmie Johnson.

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This Is NASCAR, Not a Bazaar

With Daytona’s convoluted qualifying procedures, it’s easy to overlook things while just trying to figure out how the heck they set the field this year. What is with setting the Duels by owner points and then qualifying speed, anyway? Was it actually necessary? But there is one insidious little thing that has been happening in NASCAR that has become such an elephant in the room that it’s impossible to ignore, even with all of the Daytona hype. One reason that it’s so hard to figure out who’s locked into the race is that these guys are swapping owner points faster than they swap underwear.

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Rick Crawford Hopes to End Winless Drought Tonight in Daytona

You can’t fault Rick Crawford for being anxious to start tonight’s NextEra Energy Resources 250. After all, Crawford hasn’t won a Camping World Truck Series race in over two years, has only been behind the wheel for two practice sessions since the 2008 season finale at Homestead and is at the track where he has accumulated the most points of any driver over the past six seasons. While most fans associate Crawford with Daytona for his three-wide win in 2003, he has consistently been one of the series’ strongest drivers at the 2.5-mile track, scoring six top 10s in nine starts.

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Scott Speed Driver Diary: Snowboarding, Speedweeks and the Organ Donor 200!

Well the off-season is finally over and it’s time to get back to racing. To tell you the truth, I really didn’t do all that much during my down time. Probably the most significant thing I did was go snowboarding. Right after Christmas, we all went to Snow Shoe for a few weeks. Most of the time though, I just went to a ski mountain about an hour and 15 minutes away from my house down here in North Carolina. I actually just started this sport because when I was in Europe racing Formula One, I wasn’t able to do any of that stuff contractually…snowboarding, wakeboarding, skateboarding, skiing…nothing. I was basically in a glass bubble, so I really had a lot of fun trying this stuff out this past winter. Other than that though, I really just hung around my house. I didn’t even leave it for my birthday a few weeks ago. It was just that nice not to be doing anything, considering what my schedule will be over the next nine months.

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Kenny Wallace Driver Diary: Down and Dirty in the Off-Season

This was definitely the strangest off-season for me and a lot of my racecar driver friends. I’ve talked to a lot of great racecar drivers--I’ve talked to Jeff Burton I’ve talked to Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.--and we all agree that this was the strangest off-season we’ve ever had. Usually by the end of December, we’re all getting tensed up and getting ready to get in the cars for January testing. Without the testing, it means another month that we get to ourselves, for all of the crew members and their families, and that’s a good thing.

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Driven To The Past: Knock The Fence Down, Pops

Somehow, while the guys on television were going over the past bringing up the names of legendary drivers, one came to my mind. Curtis Turner. I had occasion to meet ol’ Pops (and if he didn’t know your name, he’d call you that, as well as expect you to call him by the same handle) in the late 1960s when he ran a couple of ARCA races when I was flagging. As I recall, both of them were 500-lappers; the first at the old Dayton Speedway. Curtis couldn’t be there on Saturday to qualify, and somebody else qualified the car for him. When it came to a big-name driver whose name had been used heavily in pre-race advertising, John Marcum didn’t stand on ceremony. I suspect that there were parts of the ARCA rulebook back in those days that were deliberately vague to give John some wiggle room.

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Why Brad Keselowski Can Win the 2009 Nationwide Title

Sitting in the Chevrolet camp is perhaps the best chance a Nationwide regular has had to win the NNS title since Martin Truex, Jr. scored back to back crowns in 2004 and 2005. And, once again, it’s a Dale Earnhardt, Jr. protégé. I’m talking about Brad Keselowski.

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NASCAR News for Friday, February 13, 2009

NASCAR Announces Change To Single File Restart Rule NASCAR announced on Thursday that late race restarts will now be single file whenever the race is restarted with 20 or fewer laps to go, as opposed to 10 laps in previous seasons. The rule will be applied to all three of …

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2009 Gatorade Duel 150 Recaps

If Thursday’s Duel 150 qualifying races are any indication, Jeff Gordon is set to put a winless 2008 behind him. Gordon went toe-to-toe with former series champion Tony Stewart for the final five laps before holding off the No. 14 car, as well as teammate Jimmie Johnson, for the victory …

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In Case You Missed It: Thursday, February 12, 2009

NASCAR Holds Luncheon For Diversity On Wednesday, NASCAR held its second annual diversity luncheon at Daytona. The luncheon was created to celebrate accomplishments from participants in the sport with regards to NASCAR’s ongoing diversity program. “Teams, tracks, sponsors and other stakeholders play an integral role in our efforts to further …

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