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NASCAR’s Busch Series: Fix the Points System, Please!

If I were to ask if the NASCAR Busch Series were in need of some sort of a points system change, the answers I would get would probably range from 'hell no!' to 'well duh!' Kevin Harvick clinched the 2006 championship with a ninth-place finish in the Dollar General 300 at Lowe's Motor Speedway, four weeks prior to the Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and Carl Edwards is well on his way to doing the same with the 2007 championship. There has got to be something NASCAR can do to make these points races a little less boring.

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That’s History Profile: Alan Kulwicki

As we head into Bristol this weekend, we are often reminded of some of the most memorable moments in NASCAR Kulwicki was born on December 14, 1954 in Greenfield, Wis. He was a pioneer in the sport, coming to NASCAR through the Midwest's ASA series, which produced such luminaries as Rusty Wallace, Mark Martin, and Dick Trickle. Kulwicki was one of the first drivers to complete college, graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1977, with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Alan used his education and experience to his advantage; always getting more out of less, and doing things smarter than the other guy. Legendary car owner Junior Johnson was once asked which driver he would have wanted to drive for him that never did. The two names that came to mind were seven-time champion Dale Earnhardt, and Kulwicki. Johnson was convinced that having a driver who was just as (if not more) mechanically adept as he or the people he had assembling the car would have made them a force to be reckoned with.

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A Question of Risk: Is Death Too High a Price for a Driver to Pay?

This past Thursday night, NASCAR lost a great racer. John Blewett III lost his life in a wreck during the New England Dodge Dealers 150 at Thompson International Speedway. He was driving his No. 66 modified at the time of the incident. A champion of several tracks throughout the East, at 33 he was considered a seasoned veteran of the modified circuit. It is at moments such as these, when we are mourning the loss of a competitor, husband and father, that it behooves us to stop and consider the dangers of racing and the choices that are made by racers and fans to continue participating in the sport.

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Fanning the Flames: Kurt Busch Delivers, Herman Is Saved, And A Season Finale At…Bristol?

In this very column two weeks ago, I gave Kurt Busch a pretty hard time. His Pocono Victory Lane celebration, with its scripted victory speech and fake beer swigging, was not only pre-meditated, it was downright fake. So to be fair, I must acknowledge that Kurt's straight-up rundown of the last 100 laps and compulsory 'Thank Yous' at Michigan were well done. In short: You drove one helluva race, Kurt, and - by ditching the forced pitchman routine - you scored mucho points with the casual fan by simply being yourself. And the fact that you actually opened the beer bottle before you took a swig was almost, dare I say it?, Junior-esque.

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Blew By You: Kurt Busch Making A Case For Legitimate Title Contender… Turning Bud Fans Blue In The Process

With only three races remaining before the 2007 Chase for the Championship begins, the question of who will be the final qualifier for the 10-race playoff became a little more clear on a foggy and soggy Tuesday afternoon in Brooklyn, Michigan. For the second time in three races, Kurt Busch drove the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger to Victory Lane, in a performance that, while not nearly as dominating as his win two weeks earlier at Pocono, was convincing nonetheless that a playoff push has come ever closer to paying off.

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Running Their Mouth: 2007 3M Performance 400 at Michigan

Each week, we'll go through all the media reports, interviews, PR, and all our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Nextel Cup race to capture 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 the car owners themselves. This week, here's a sneak peek at what a select few were thinking following the 3M Performance 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2007 Sharpie 500 at Bristol Edition

After a marathon weekend at Michigan, it's time for a sprint-like turnaround and a trip to everyone's favorite bullring, Bristol Motor Speedway. Michigan had its share of surprises for fantasy teams, with drivers like Dave Blaney, Bobby Labonte and Brian Vickers making appearances in the top 10. But not to be outdone, old reliables like Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, and Carl Edwards were there, too, continuing to cruise along towards the Chase - and hopefully helping the chances for a season-ending trophy of your own. But this weekend at Bristol, no pick is truly a "safe bet;" you can expect both anything and everything to happen. Just one nudge on the bumper and your team's best driver could be spinning down the standings... taking your team with him. Still, there are certainly drivers you want to make sure to have in your arsenal, along with ones to avoid.

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Michigan: The Fans Should Be The Big Story

The biggest story at Michigan International Speedway yesterday was the unbelievable loyalty and perseverance exhibited by the race fans who came to the track on Sunday morning and were still around at the conclusion of the 3M Performance 400 on Tuesday afternoon. That the grandstands appeared to be at least half full is a testament to the fact that NASCAR enjoys a fanbase second to none in professional sports. Having experienced rainouts firsthand, I know there are hundreds of individual stories by those that slept in their cars, waded through ankle deep mud, subsisted on junk food and remained generally uncomfortable during the two-day rain delay. And for some, their sacrifices to be in attendance for the race amounts to more than just physical discomfort, as many even ran the risk of straining their relationships with husbands, wives, boyfriends, girlfriends and employers. But for them it seemed worth it as they are racing fans!

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