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Top Ten Driver Excuses For Not Winning a Pole In ’06

10. *Mark Martin:* "I didn't HAVE to win one, I get in the Shootout forever-which is handy, 'cause that's how long I'm gonna race!" 9. *Robby Gordon:* "Pole? I thought they said HOLE! I went off-road racing so much I thought I should avoid that..." 8. *Clint Bowyer:* "They gave all the fast cars to Burton and Harvick."

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Burton Once Again A Victim of Corporate Insanity

Jeff Burton, veteran driver for Richard Childress Racing, may be feeling a little singled out by corporate America as it becomes more and more likely that he will lose his primary sponsorship from Cingular Wireless through no fault of his or his team. The latest saga in Burton's sponsorship woes centers on AT&T's recent acquisition of BellSouth/Cingular and the assumed changing of the Cingular identity logo to reflect AT&T's ownership of them. NASCAR, as part of their series sponsorship agreement with Nextel Wireless had agreed contractually that no teams may acquire sponsorship from companies competing with Nextel. Or, as in the #31's case, change their sponsor's name.

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Racing At The Beach : NASCAR Legends Take Center Stage, 1976-1980

Richard Petty and David Pearson arrived at Daytona Beach in February of 1976 with some unsettled business. It was the year of this country's Bicentennial and the fireworks started at Daytona that afternoon, late in the race.

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NASCAR’s Youth Movement

Taking a look at last year's Nextel Cup Chase for the Championship, you might have noticed an interesting pattern; six of the ten drivers were no older than age 32. Kyle Busch, in fact, set a record as the youngest driver ever to make a run for the championship, qualifying for the playoffs at the ripe old age of 21. No question about; in today's world of NASCAR, the youth movement has effectively taken control. And with today's young drivers finding themselves behind the steering wheel at an earlier age than ever, the amount of untapped talent is high. There's an immense amount of teenage sensations to sort through; read on to sift through the research and figure out which drivers experts say are better than Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart at their age and which ones can be closer compared to Paris Hilton and Ryan Leaf. *Finding talent can be difficult* NASCAR has entered an era of youth - the timeline for success is short. In what has recently become a "what have you done for me lately" sport, NASCAR fans have seen promising young talent shoot up through the ranks, only to fizzle faster than a Paris Hilton hit single.

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Racing At The Beach : Legends Set The Stage, 1971 – 1975

The Grand National Circuit, in the process of becoming Winston Cup, was very different than it had been when the drivers and teams had been there in 1970. The Factory Wars were over: Ford had announced it would not run any factory teams in 1971, and Chrysler was supporting only two cars, Richard Petty in a Plymouth and Buddy Baker in a Petty Enterprises Dodge.

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Cars Going In Circles

The nuclear winter for racing fans is beginning to thaw. NASCAR testing gave fans a little taste of some cars on the track, and the 24 hours of Daytona let them see their first real racing action of the season. It is only 16 days until the Daytona 500. Then the longest season in professional sports will begin its arduous trek to the end of November when the 2007 Cup Champion is crowned.

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Can The Daytona Magic Come Back?

It's time. As the world wakes up from a rather one-sided Super Bowl Monday morning, the reality will hit all sports fans, no matter how much they're attached to stock cars; the next big "event" on the U.S. sporting schedule has now become the Daytona 500. NASCAR, for better or for worse, is hours from officially returning front and center on the national radar screen. In just 13 days, engines will come to life, 43 cars will roll to the grid, and the drama of side-by-side racing at 200 MPH for the mere benefit of trophies, money, and points starts all over again. That's a given; the bigger question is whether or not the racing at Daytona you'll see will truly deliver something memorable. Just like Leap Year, every once in awhile you run across a year that's special in any major sport, and I think there's universal acceptance that for NASCAR, this is one of those times. In the first year of a new TV contract with ESPN, the Worldwide Leader in Sports will be all over the track like a hive of swarming bees, even though the Daytona 500 is actually being televised by Fox. With half-hour specials, a daily news program, Sportscenter at-the-track presence, and Stuart Scott actually forced to learn pronunciations of names from everyone from A.J. Allmendinger to Kirk Shlemerdine, an opportunity exists more than in the past few years to attract more of the "casual" racing fan to give the 500 an extended look on television. ESPN's presence, of course, is only the tip of the iceberg in that department; with the arrival of Toyota and a man named Juan Pablo Montoya, there will be millions of eyes tagging along in the next two weeks that have not so much as laid eyes on more than five minutes of stock car racing before learning of a certain 500-mile adventure down in Daytona Beach, coming this February to a television set near you.

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Don’t Drink The Kool Aid

As a season of uncertainty in NASCAR is set to begin after some football game this evening, NASCAR is circling the wagons. Unable, or perhaps unwilling to fix the problems that plague the sport, the organization has instead decided to ramp up their propaganda machine to proclaim all is well.

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Big site update!

We’re in the midst of a site update, so be patient and don’t be surprised if you end up somewhere you’ve never been before. Just remember, the back button is your friend today! –Ren

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