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Fuel For Thought – Making The Case For Fuel Injection In NASCAR

Progress and change. Both are touchy subjects, and more often than not have no bearing or influence on the other. One can fly in the face of tradition while the other may support and reinforce it. I’ll spare you the political diatribe (for now) however, and cut to the chase where in NASCAR, the opportunity to make some gains may be on the horizon. While many oppose the thought of abandoning the iconic Holley four-barrel carburetor for computer controlled fuel injection, I think it is a change worth exploring for a number of reasons.

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Take The Pain: Should Jeff Gordon’s Back Injury Be A Storyline As The Championship Chase Looms?

Playing hurt is one of the inevitabilities in professional sports, and the world of motorsports is no exception. In NASCAR particularly, it seems that more often than not, competing with an injury becomes the defining aspect of a championship season, and in recent years has played a significant role in determining the Sprint Cup championship. In 2009 that trend has continued, with Jeff Gordon battling a persistent bad back that was aggravated in a late-race wreck at Watkins Glen two weeks ago when he struck the spinning-in-mid-air car of Sam Hornish, Jr. and then the blue Armco barrier lining the track.

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There’s Just Something About Monday Races At Pocono

The only disappointment for race fans this week should be that the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 was rescheduled for Monday due to rain, resulting in many NASCAR loyalists to miss the live broadcast of the event. That's because -- wouldn’t you know it -- there was finally a good stock car race at Pocono Raceway and not everyone was able to witness it! Based on the rain, we should have known this race at Pocono would be a good one...

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Remembering Davey Allison: Part Two

Editor's Note: For Part One of Matt's retrospective on Davey Allison, click "here.":https://frontstretch.com/mmclaughlin/25947/ Robert Yates Racing and the team's talented young driver Davey Allison made their official debut at the 1989 Daytona 500. Things got off to an inauspicious start. Davey was running well when Geoff Bodine got into his rear bumper and sent the 28 car spinning. The car rolled but came down on all four wheels, and Allison limped off to the pits, where the crew was able to repair the car well enough to get him back out there for points.

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Kevin Harvick’s Potential Move To Stewart-Haas Racing Has Long-Lasting Implications

Kevin Harvick may have just pulled the pin on the Silly Season grenade. It used to be late summer and fall when the rumor mill would heat up with stories of defections, sponsor swaps, or new teams entering the fray for the coming year. Now days, it usually begins just about the time the first Gatorade 150-mile qualifying race is completed in Daytona. Word came earlier this week that Kevin Harvick has asked to be released from the final year of his contract with Richard Childress Racing, to move over to Stewart-Haas Racing to pair with the former Nationwide Series employee, Tony Stewart.

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Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: Hall’In Class

I’ve gotten a lot of email from readers asking me which five people I hope, or think, will make up the first set of inductees into NASCAR’s Hall of Fame. I’ve debated the topic with more than a few fans and have to agree that narrowing the group down to just five individuals is a difficult task -- though, in my mind, selecting four of the first five folks so honored is a no-brainer few can dispute. Let me preface my picks by saying that I feel no active driver, or even semi-active driver, should be considered for induction into the Hall of Fame.

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Need A Date? Sorry, Kentucky, NHMS Isn’t Your Type!

Race fans have a sometimes contentious relationship with the Magic Mile--the contention owing to a track that fans just don’t seem to know what to make of, less than stellar racing in the track’s past, and television networks’ seeming inability to show any racing that isn’t among the top five and occasionally Dale Junior. With Speedway Motorsports, Incorporated’s latest purchase of Kentucky Speedway, there are those fans who would like to see NHMS lose one of their two dates in favor of the 1.5-mile oval in Sparta. To this notion I say, “Wait just one minute!”

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