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Happy Hour: Jeremy Mayfield Drama Exposes NASCAR’s Credibility Problem

It has been interesting to read the articles and comments devoted to the Jeremy Mayfield mess. The surprise is the amount of fans in Mayfield’s corner. Some are lashing out at the institution of NASCAR as if it were a driver who had just wrecked their hero; others are presenting reasonable and thoughtful scenarios where …

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BSNews: NASCAR “Official” Bilked in Ponzi Scam (& Other Stuff!)

Daytona Beach, Fla. (BSNews) – Secret agents from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement searched the homes of two Florida men, claiming they bilked over $5.4 million from NASCAR drivers, a police officer and even a “top NASCAR official.” Apparently, the men – Henri Zogaib, a driver in the NASCAR-owned Grand Am series, and Ormand Beach …

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Fanning the Flames: Herschel McGriff Scores 1 for NASCAR’s Geritol Gang

Move over, Tom Watson. Herschel McGriff, at 81 years of age, finished 13th in this past weekend’s NASCAR Camping World West race at Portland International Raceway. We’ve all heard about that, right? But did you realize when and where he made his first career NASCAR start? The inaugural Southern 500 at Darlington. No joke. The …

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Did You Notice? Mayfield Burned at the Stake, Sadler’s Recurring Nightmare & a Champ Cashing In

Did You Notice? That in light of everything that’s happened over the past week, there’s a large army of media, fans, garage members, etc. looking to tar and feather Jeremy Mayfield before all the evidence has even been collected? I had a hard-nosed debate with Dennis Michelsen of RaceTalkRadio.com Monday night about this issue, one …

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Mirror Driving: Gauging the Importance of Indy While Sorting Out Title Contenders in Cup, Nationwide & Trucks

Indy is a race that any driver would love on his resume, but does the Brickyard 400 live up to the hype?

Running His Mouth: The Best of Jeremy Mayfield Speaking Out

Author’s Note: Normally when the Cup Series takes a weekend off, we go through the media reports, interviews, PR and all of our own stuff to bring you the best quotes from the Nationwide and Camping World Truck series races. But on Friday, FOX Charlotte ran an exclusive interview with Jeremy Mayfield that quickly made …

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Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2009 Chicagoland Race Recap

The Key Moment: After a series of frantic restarts, Mark Martin on worn tires was able to hold off Jeff Gordon on fresher tires to hand Rick Hendrick an early 60th-birthday gift. In a Nutshell: See Mark run. Run, Mark, run. Doze, fans, doze. Close, Chicagoland, close. Dramatic Moment: A wild series of events on …

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Fanning the Flames: Jeremy Mayfield’s “Dangerous Precedent” May Serve to Benefit the Sport

Anyone see where former U.S. Figure Skating champion Nicole Bobek was charged in a New Jersey court with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine? (Anyone care?) Wonder if she’ll “follow the dangerous precedent” set forth by Jeremy Mayfield, his appeal and the court’s subsequent injunction? Considering she’s been retired for a while and already in jail, I …

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Mirror Driving: Changing Plate-Racing Rules, Mayfield’s Murky Future & Truex’s Future Potential

Jeremy Mayfield’s victory in court – winning an injunction that will allow him to race – shed new light on NASCAR’s drug policy. Does the policy need changes?

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