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NBC Sports Geared Up for Return to NASCAR

NBC Sports is set to come back into NASCAR after a hiatus that has lasted over eight seasons. Broadcasting 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races and 19 NASCAR XFINITY Series contests, the network has officially released its team of talent for the 2015 season. Based in Stamford, Conn. for shows …

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Is There A Hex On UPS Cars?

Occasionally, you hear comical stories of superstition in motorsports. Joe Weatherly, whose untimely death in a crash is why stock cars have window nets today, suffered from triskaidekaphobia and once asked NASCAR to call the 13th Southern 500 the "12th Renewal of the Southern 500." He also once asked to rename his 13th starting position in a race to "12a." There are green car phobias, which supposedly trace back to one of the Chevrolet brothers, Gaston, being killed in a Beverly Hills race. Gaston was driving a green car at the time, and green has been seen as bad luck ever since, despite Bobby Labonte’s 2000 championship in an Interstate Batteries Pontiac.

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Voices From the Heartland: NASCAR Deems That A.J. Allmendinger is ‘Expendable’

A lot has been said this past week about the timing of the last caution flag that flew on the closing lap of last Sunday’s race. The controversy started as A.J. Allmendinger’s No. 44 spun on the frontstretch during the white flag lap. Meanwhile, Mark Martin and Juan Pablo Montoya continued to battle for the lead as Allmendinger sat dead in the water in the middle of the track. It wasn’t until the field was in the middle of Turns 3 and 4 that NASCAR finally gave up hope that A.J. could refire his car and they finally threw the caution. After all, NASCAR is all about safety, right? Wrong!

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Joey Logano: No One Is Better Than Joe Gibbs At Picking A Winner

If it appears that the No. 20 Home Depot Toyota driven by rookie Joey Logano has become increasingly more visible in recent weeks, it is because he's begun to emerge from the back of the pack and become more of a weekly contender. Perhaps no driver entered the country’s top stock car series with higher expectations heaped on him than the young Middletown, Connecticut native. However, at this point in the season Logano is not disappointing those that had faith in his much heralded, but unproven abilities entering 2009. Chief among Logano's supporters were his employers at Joe Gibbs Racing - J.D. Gibbs and his father, Joe.

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Frontstretch Folio: 2009 LifeLock 400 at Michigan

The Sprint Cup Series visits the Irish Hills of Brooklyn, Michigan this weekend to take on Michigan International Speedway. The LifeLock 400 is the 15th race of the 2009 Sprint Cup season and will be broadcast live on Sunday, June 14th at 2 pm ET on TNT, with radio coverage …

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From Yellow Lines to Yellow Flags

"Last week’s Voices From The Heartland":https://frontstretch.com/jmeyer/24043/ dealt with NASCAR’s proclivity for allowing drivers to qualify below the (double) yellow, out of bounds line at Talladega. Some readers understood where I was coming from ... and some did not. Well, let’s hope you all understand this week’s yellow colored rant. Even if I have briefly touched on it in past columns, the problem still remains, and unless the fans keep – well – bitching about it, nothing will be done. This week, I want to take a look at the "Lucky Dog" rule, as well as NASCAR’s insane insistence on allowing lapped cars to restart up front with lead lap cars after a yellow flag.

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2008 Driver Review: Dale Jarrett

*2008 Ride:* No. 44 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota *2008 Primary Sponsor:* UPS *2008 Owner:* Michael Waltrip *2008 Crew Chief:* Bill Pappas *Stats:* 5 Races, 0 Wins, 0 Top 5s, 0 Top 10s, 1 DNF, 54th in points. *Best Finish:* 16th -- Daytona 500. *High Point:* Was there really a high point to Dale's final few races of his career? If you go by stats, then the high point had to be the 16th place finish at the Daytona 500. But to hell with the stats! The high point, in my opinion, was the sendoff given by the fans to DJ at his final points race at Bristol in March.

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Top 15 Commercials Of The 2008 NASCAR Season

Making a great 30-second ad is next to impossible. For those who’ve not sat for hours on a set drinking coffee, eating junk food and waiting interminably for something to happen, you would be absolutely shocked at the length of time it takes to make something seemingly so simple. Throughout the creative process (which typically takes 8-12 weeks) there are so many impediments to your progress; from nervous clients to intransigent creative directors, script changes in pre-production, more script changes on the set itself and of course yet more in the editing suite. In short, it’s damn hard to produce a compelling half minute piece of advertising and it’s even more so when you throw NASCAR drivers into the mix as, with respect, most wheelmen are not renowned for their Oscar-winning acting talent.

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