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NASCAR Veterans Can’t Outrace Father Time

As the 2007 season enters its final 16-week stretch, Marlin has recently found himself stretching for any help he can get - his career sidetracked by way of the unemployment line, courtesy beleaguered car owner Bobby Ginn. After releasing Marlin and fellow veteran Joe Nemechek this week due to team restructuring, Ginn made it clear that lack of sponsorship - both men were running without full-time support - proved the biggest motivation behind making changes to his team. Fans have been merciless in their criticisms ever since; for all I can tell, Ginn's about as popular in NASCAR-land right now as Kyle Busch with Hendrick Motorsports.

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Busch Series Breakdown: 2007 Gateway 250

It's been a season of struggles for Reed Sorenson in the Nextel Cup Series this year. Mired in 28th in the standings and in the midst of a sophomore slump, the 21-year-old Georgian has simply spent the better part of the past few months just trying to keep his job at Chip Ganassi Racing. A Busch Series win should do more than enough to help that cause.

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Tearing Apart the Trucks: 2007 Mid-Season Review

The Craftsman Truck Series is going into their 12th off-weekend of the season, and beside Travis Kvapil and Mike Beam getting penalized for infractions at Kentucky, not much is going on. But the Truck Series has passed an important milestone. Saturday night's race at Kentucky was race number 13 in the 25 race season. We have officially made it past the halfway point of the season. So how is everything going with the truck series?

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A Sunday Without Racing?! Whatever Shall I Do?

I keep thinking there's a race on Sunday. Yes, logically, I KNOW the Nextel Cup Series is off this week, but my brain is in denial or something. There's a Busch Series race Saturday night, and I'll be keeping tabs on that one, but Sunday seems a little empty. Not, mind you, that I don't have anything to do.

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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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