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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Degree V12 300 at Atlanta

In 2009, Kevin Harvick has seldom, if ever, resembled the championship-contending driver that he has been on the Sprint Cup circuit in years past. But on Saturday night, driving his own No. 33 car, the Harvick of old was alive and well. With Cup stars Kyle Busch and Jeff Burton, as well as the JR Motorsports duo of Dale Jr. and Brad Keselowski all driving extremely fast race cars, Harvick blew away the field nonetheless on Saturday night, leading 131 of the 195 laps run to score his second win of the 2009 Nationwide Series season. Though Busch led sporadically throughout the evening, only a late-race cycle of green flag stops that saw Dale Earnhardt Jr. come within two laps of winning on fuel mileage seriously challenged Harvick for the win at Atlanta.

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Talking NASCAR TV: Strong Pre-Race Show At Bristol, But In-Race Improvements Needed For ESPN

Hello, race viewers. The infamous Bristol night races have historically featured close racing, wrecking, and tempers. However, the wrecking and tempers have decreased significantly since the track was re-configured in 2007, creating “graduated banking.” The races this past week lived up to the old ideals of Bristol, but with more competitive racing for position because of the banking allowing side-by-side racing. But, before we get into the critique, I have something that I need to address. Earlier this summer, I wrote about how it is generally wrong that the companies that sponsor the races are basically hit up for additional monies (via an ad package) in order to get their race name mentioned on TV more than once an hour.

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Food City 250 at Bristol

There were Cup headliners aplenty all day Friday as the Nationwide Series tackled the Bristol Motor Speedway. Early in the week, it was Ryan Newman doing quadruple duty at Bristol. Then it was Brad Keselowski, who wouldn't confirm or deny that he has signed to drive for Penske Racing in the Cup Series in 2009. That is, until he made contact with soon-to-be teammate Justin Allgaier, flattening his left rear tire and sending the Penske No. 12 car spinning. Then it was Kyle Busch, who took the lead for only a millisecond before Chase Austin made heavy contact and destroyed his No. 18 Toyota. Then it was Carl Edwards, who led 51 laps and was in prime position to make up maximum ground on Busch in the Nationwide title chase. Perhaps the only Cup regular not to get talked about, David Ragan, won the race.

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Talking NASCAR TV: Punch Mails in the Nationwide Race While TNT Shines

Welcome, race fans. For nearly 50 years, the 4th of July weekend at Daytona has marked the ceremonial, and in the case of this season, the physical halfway point. The Truck Series took the week off, so it was the Cup and Nationwide series competing at the World Center of …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Subway Jalapeno 250 at Daytona

Friday night’s race at Daytona was shaping up to be a tremendous finish, until a messy wreck on lap 96 stopped the battle at the front of the field and scattered debris and rescue equipment all over the 2.5-mile oval. In their infinite wisdom, NASCAR chose not to red flag …

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Tearing Apart the Trucks: The Struggles of Trail Motorsports

The Camping World Truck Series hits the track again tonight at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. At Kansas Speedway, the Truck Series saw its first short field. That came as a surprise because I expected it to happen sooner considering that all through the off season, the big news was the economy …

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5 Points to Ponder: 2009 Preview Edition

As bad as the economy may get, and as much as it may cripple the sport we love, for four hours every Sunday afternoon drivers will drive, crew chiefs will lead their crews, and fans will enjoy their favorite form of entertainment. So, for this year's first edition of Points to Ponder, let's take a look at some of the (almost) non-economy related stories heading into 2009 all across NASCAR.

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Did You Notice? Nice Guys Finish Last, NASCAR’s Diversity Nightmare & Chase Vulnerability

Did You Notice? That one of the compelling themes in NASCAR as of late is proof of the phrase, “Nice guys finish last?” David Reutimann is the latest example; known as a man who won’t bump anyone out of the way in order to get to the front, Reutimann got loose with Clint Bowyer oh-so-close behind him in the final laps of the Nashville race on Saturday night. While Brad Keselowski went on to win, Reutimann – who had been in position to take the checkers before a late-race caution bunched up the field -- fell back to a fourth-place finish on older tires.

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