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Random Thoughts On The Eve Of The 2007 Daytona 500

To anyone who missed Friday night's Craftsman Truck race, shame on you. For the last several years, the trucks have put on the best race of Speedweeks, and Friday night's three-wide finish was outstanding. Yeah, I was pulling for the guy with the Blue Oval in the grille, not the foreign trucks, but that didn't keep me from rising to my feet and letting out a holler as the threesome swept to the finish line.

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Start Your Engines, Already!

At 3:15 p.m. on Sunday, it'll all be behind us. Manifolds, illegal substances, aerodynamic enhancements, failed shock mounts; the fines, suspensions, and point-dockings. Then, once we get past FOX's frenzied, frivolous and flighty pre-race show, one that will once again highlight all the craziness of this past week, the main event will finally, finally take place. 3:15 p.m. ET, the 49th Great American Race will find itself underway down in Daytona Beach.

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Frontstretch Folio: 2007 Daytona 500

The Nextel Cup Series heads to the World Center of Racing this weekend for NASCAR's Superbowl at Daytona International Speedway. The Daytona 500 is the first race of the 2007 Nextel Cup season and will be broadcast live on Sunday, February 18th at 2 p.m. ET on Fox, with radio coverage by MRN affiliates nationwide.

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That’s History Profile: Geoffrey Bodine

Geoff Bodine was born April 18th, 1949 in Chemung, N.Y. He began his career racing in a midget class at the Chemung Speedrome, built and operated by his father and grandfather. He is the oldest of the trio of Bodine brothers, with middle brother Brett, now working for NASCAR, and youngest brother Todd, the 2006 Craftsman Truck Series champion. His modified career was a storied one that resulted in him becoming the all-time single-season wins leader in Modified history, with 55 victories in 1978.

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2007 Daytona 500 Blog Notes

Michael Waltrip raced his way into this weekend's Daytona 500, an event a majority of fans I have spoken to think he should have been suspended from. Of course there's a matter of that $100,000 fine. Let's put that in perspective. Last year Carl Edwards finished dead last in the Daytona 500 and the No. 99 team got around $270,000 for their efforts. If I'm doing the math correctly even if Waltrip has a terrible day this Sunday that's a gross profit around $170,000.

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Tearing Apart the Trucks: Sponsorships

The Craftsman Truck Series race at Daytona this year is called the Chevrolet Silverado 250, yet Chevrolet has never visited Daytona's victory lane in a Truck Series race. Ironically, Daytona is one of just two tracks on the schedule where Chevrolet has yet to earn a victory (Talladega, where Mark Martin's Ford won the inaugural truck race in 2006, is the other).

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In Case You Missed It: February 9-15, 2007

Whether you are an avid NASCAR news reader or a casual fan, In Case You Missed It will keep you up to date on all of the major happenings in the world of NASCAR racing. This week just in case you were on a vacation on Neptune, we'll recap the penalties dished out at Daytona and let you know what might be in store at Vegas in three weeks, plus much more.

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: NASCAR On the Right Track With Penalties

Penalties, penalties everywhere at Daytona. NASCAR handed down a total of five of them on Tuesday and Wednesday, the most severe coming late Wednesday afternoon when the sanctioning body announced a penalty against the team of driver Michael Waltrip following a strange substance in the intake manifold in both pre- and post-qualifying inspection. NASCAR confiscated the Toyota Camry, and when the substance appeared a third time, levied suspensions, point fines, and a monetary fine on crew chief David Hyder. Also on Tuesday, four crew chiefs were suspended for unapproved aerodynamic modifications, including all three top wrenches for Evernham Motorsports. Rodney Childers (Scott Riggs) and Josh Browne (Elliott Sadler) were suspended for two races and fined $25,000. In addition, both drivers and Evernham lost 25 owner/driver points for violations found prior to qualifying.

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