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What’s Vexing Vito: Tough Love – Dale Earnhardt Jr. & Tony Eury Jr., Rip Off the Band-Aid & Start the Healing

Well, here we go again – the rumor mill is at Def-Con 2 this week, with talk of Tony Eury Jr.’s imminent demise and departure as crew chief for cousin Dale Earnhardt Jr. It’s hard to believe it’s been almost one year since Earnhardt Jr. last won a race, on Father’s Day weekend at Michigan …

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Did You Notice? NASCAR’s Vague Meeting, Eury’s Imminent Departure & The Poor Become Penniless

Both NASCAR and Jeremy Mayfield refuse to fully disclose the substance he failed his test for? I brought this up in DYN a couple of weeks ago, and felt I did some shoddy reporting on the issue of whether or not the sport would be in hot water if they ever revealed Mayfield’s test results. Well, it turns out after doing some digging the key element here is that Mayfield is not a contracted employee of NASCAR. As such, I’ve confirmed he doesn’t fall under the context of the current HIPAA rules. Those laws, brought up by some dedicated fans of the column, would have made it a federal violation of privacy for the sport to release his test results.

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2009 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte

David Reutimann won Monday’s Coke 600, despite scratching up the right side of the No. 00 Aaron’s Toyota. Crew chief Rodney Childers’s call for the ‘Franchise’ to stay out instead of pitting before the race’s final caution flag put the Michael Waltrip Racing driver in the lead ahead of Ryan Newman, Robby Gordon and Carl Edwards. The crew chiefs of all of these entries deserve three thumbs up for playing the Mother Nature card and snagging top-five finishes.

Grading the 2009 Sprint Cup Pack: Part 2

NASCAR’s longest and most grueling race, the Coca-Cola 600, represents a significant milestone in the 2009 season. It’s not quite the halfway point to the Chase (that comes the following week after Dover), but once the checkers fly late Sunday evening, we’re exactly one-third of the way through the 36-race schedule.

With that in mind, it’s a good time to take a step back and look at how the Sprint Cup contenders (and pretenders) have performed thus far. As you might expect here at Frontstretch, we’re going to conduct a proper two-part analysis of the season to date. Yesterday’s installment gave out some superlative awards; today, Tom Bowles and I team up to grade each team on their overall performance through the first three months of ’09. Feel free to not only read, but comment below and let us know how you feel your favorite teams and drivers have done!

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 All-Star Race at Charlotte Edition

Tony Stewart took Lowe’s Motor Speedway by storm Saturday night, as the driver of the No. 14 Office Depot/Old Spice Chevy smelled victory and found it in the 25th annual All-Star Race. Stewart’s first win as a driver/owner and first All-Star win came in a race that saw tepid-at-best racing in the first three segments …

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After 25 Years of All-Star Races, 1 Really Stands Out, But Not For the Racing

With the 25th running of the All-Star Race coming up Saturday night, I was supposed to write a column about memorable All-Star races… or something like that. You know, standard rundown of the big moments. But the problem with that reared its ugly head in oh, about 30 seconds. I don’t really remember any. Sure, …

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Thompson in Turn 5: Time Is Ticking For Tony Eury Jr.

Rumor and speculation continues to circulate in the NASCAR community this week that Tony Eury Jr., crew chief of the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet piloted by the sport’s Most Popular Driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr., will soon be replaced. With no credible insider connected to the rumored change atop the pit box, it seems clear …

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BSNews! Real NASCAR News That Fits the Headline Title

For the last few days, I have been hearing some “busyness” going on in the BSNews room… which happens to be adjacent to my bedroom. There was a lot of thumping and bumping, the occasional “heated exchange,” and the ever present “pphhhfffsssttt” of a beverage being opened. I just assumed that the crew was working …

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Did You Notice? Kyle Busch’s 200-Win Fantasy, Stremme’s Dream Turned Nightmare & Hendrick’s Big Choice

Did You Notice? The big hubbub this week – by far – is whether Kyle Busch can get to 200 wins throughout his Cup career in NASCAR’s top-three series. What? I’ve been under the weather with some kind of flu bug this week, so at first I thought I was being delusional when I heard …

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