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Rick Crawford Driver Diary: Graceland, Fine Wine, and Bad Luck

At Memphis the truck was in the top five on each practice session and running really good. I had an early draw for qualifying, went out and was the fastest of the trucks that went out before me. I was pretty optimistic and thought we had a really nice piece but got knocked out early. Some dramatic things happened during that particular wreck that have just never happened to me before. We exploded a battery and the battery blew the back of the truck off. The crew did a fantastic job fixing it but we lost two or three laps in the pits when we had to install a new battery. We just made laps and finished where we finished.

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That’s History Profile: Phil Parsons

Phil Parsons is probably best known to race fans as part of the trio that make up the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series color commentating team for Speed. Along with Rick Allen and Michael Waltrip, Parsons can be seen and heard calling the action in NASCAR's version of Double-A baseball. What many may not know is that Phil was a pretty fair racecar driver in his own right, becoming part of racing history by winning the 1988 Winston 500 at Talladega.

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What’s The Call: Did Aric Almirola Make The Right Career Choice?

Today's Question: Earlier this week, it was announced that Aric Almirola will be headed to Ginn Racing to share a Cup ride with Mark Martin for the rest of 2007 and beyond. Was this the right move for Almiola's future, or was he wrong to slam the door on an opportunity with one of the top teams in Cup, Joe Gibbs Racing, a team he drove for in the Busch Series up until this surprising turn of events?

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Rest Easy, Anheuser-Busch: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Did NOT Coronate Budweiser

A few days ago, my esteemed Frontstretch colleague and friend, Mr. Mike Neff, made the assertion that it is the driver that makes the sponsor. While that may be true for some lesser known products, I don't believe the separation of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Budweiser should prompt Anheuser-Busch to be searching through the St. Louis-area Yellow Pages for a cheap bankruptcy lawyer just yet.

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Fanning the Flames: NASCAR Silly Season Could Be Worse – We Could Have Steinbrenner

This year is unique in that most of the silliness centers not with the drivers, but the owners. We have the Ray Evernham/George Gillette deal that has been ongoing for all of a decade and may never get done. There are also investment firms popping up right and left in the garage, milling about like pit lizards, trying to buy into someone, anyone's race team. Problem is, these investment firms don't know a front clip from a fuel pump. They also don't realize that teams need sponsors... not someone to split the utility bill with them.

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Kyle Busch: There’s Nothing More Dangerous Than A Man With Nothing Left To Lose

While Kyle Busch's public statements aren't exactly as outlandish as, say, Tony Stewart accusing his teammate of backing into him at 200 mph, they do give one pause for reflection: What the heck is up with this kid? It doesn't appear he's trying to make the best of a difficult situation, wooing a sponsor, or attempting to audition for his next ride. He looks like a guy trying to get canned from his job instead of quitting, just so he can collect unemployment.

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Mirror Driving: Kasey Kahne Drinking Bud? Chicagoland A Dud? And Ginn Hits The Ground With A Thud

It's now been six years since Chicagoland hosted its first Nextel Cup race. Are you disappointed in the progress being made as the track has aged, and should improvements be made a la Homestead and Las Vegas to make the facility more competitive?

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Driver Shopping? Try Clint Bowyer On For Size

Perhaps Clint Bowyer, presently setting 10th in driver points in only his second full-time season in the Nextel Cup Series, can fill the void that the recent retirement of Rusty Wallace, as well as the gradual and/or soon expected final retirements of popular veterans like Bill Elliott, Terry Labonte, Mark Martin, Ricky Rudd or Ken Schrader have or will create for fans of those drivers. Bowyer, a native of Emporia, Kan., possesses some similarities to the group that could legitimately tag him as an "old school" racer as time passes by and he begins to adjust to life on the Nextel Cup side of the fence.

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Budweiser’s Big Blunder: Why The Driver Makes The Sponsor, Not The Other Way Around

This past weekend, one of the biggest driver/sponsor divorces in recent memory became public knowledge: Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Anheuser-Busch, specifically Budweiser, will end a nine-year marriage following the conclusion of the 2007 season. The only primary sponsor that Junior's ever had since he moved up to the Cup series as a part-timer in 1999, the magnitude of this change can't be underestimated; Junior Nation is famous for the amount of red Budweiser gear that they wear in the stands, sporting clothing and souvenirs that are about to become little more than collector's items just a few short months from now.

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