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Mirror Driving: Fuel-Injection Firestorm, Tackling Team Orders, And Why Bash Bristol?

*Saturday's race at Bristol featured green flag passing as well as several on-track run-ins, although many fans still said afterward that the race was boring. So was it boring, or are fans’ expectations out of line?* Phil: It wasn't boring. I just think the fans are still used to constant bump and running at Bristol. Jeff: 99 percent of the fans that say that are watching it on TV.

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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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Nuts for Nationwide: A Look at the Soon-to-Be Top 30

This weekend’s upcoming race at Texas Motor Speedway will mark the fifth event of the season for the Nationwide Series and the final race before reverting to the 2009 owner points standings to determine who is locked into the field each weekend. Looking at the current standings, there are a number of teams that are all but locks to be in the Top-30 cutoff after Saturday’s 300-miler. Roush Fenway Racing’s No. 16 team, Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 18, NEMCO Motorsports’s No. 87 and Braun Racing’s No. 10 are all operations that will likely breath a sigh of relief when they go to qualify at Nashville two weeks from now… because they won’t have to.

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2008 Dollar General 300 at Charlotte

Joey Logano made a strong bid early, but Kyle Busch again dominated the Nationwide Series field, leading 137 laps to score a relatively easy win in Friday’s Dollar General 300 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Busch was briefly challenged in the race’s final laps by Jeff Burton, who, unlike the other leaders, opted for four tires on his final pit stop. Burton, however, was unable to make up enough ground on the high side to clear Busch’s No. 18.

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2008 Emerson Radio 250 at Richmond

The Nationwide Series took to a short track for the second time in three weeks and, also for the second time in three weeks, Clint Bowyer dominated the race. And nonetheless, for the second time in three weeks, Bowyer failed to score the win. Despite leading 195 of the 250 laps run, Bowyer’s car went to the loose side late in the running, allowing fellow title contender Carl Edwards to sneak by late and score his fourth Nationwide victory of the season. Bowyer finished third, after he was passed by Scott Wimmer with less than 15 laps to go.

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Beyond the Cockpit: David Ragan on his Sophomore Season

This year, things are different, and Ragan has his sights set on bringing the No. 6 back to Victory Lane. Preparing for his second Daytona 500, the 22-year-old hopes to build upon his fifth-place run in the 2007 edition of the Great American Race. While in Daytona, Ragan took the time out to sit down with Frontstretch's Mike Lovecchio at NASCAR Media Day to discuss what the impact Robby Gordon leaving Ford for Dodge will have on the Roush program, and what he has done in the offseason to have a more successful 2008.

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Nuts For Nationwide: 2008 Series Preview, Part I

It's all change as the second-most popular racing series in America gears up for another three country, 26-track, 35-race marathon. One of the biggest adjustments this season is the change in title sponsor. After 26 years, the Busch brand is bowing out with Nationwide Insurance signing on the dotted line for the next seven years. The incoming insurance giant will pony up a reported $70 million with their deal set to run concurrently with the TV package through 2013. That sort of money isn't exactly chump change and you can be certain Nationwide will be seeking a substantial return on their investment, if not in the immediate future then certainly as the sponsorship plays out across the next seven years.

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Mirror Driving: Banquet on the Move? Petty Movin’ On Up? & Teams Moving… to the Auction Block?

The week-long banquet celebration just concluded its 27th year in New York City amidst rumors it could be moved elsewhere. With no racetrack in the immediate vicinity, does the banquet belong in the Big Apple?

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Tracking the Trucks: 2007 O’Reilly 200 at Bristol

Johnny Benson scored his first career win at Bristol Motor Speedway Wednesday night, taking the checkered flag 0.790 seconds ahead of the newly married Brendan Gaughan. Benson benefited from a two-car crash on lap 180, when Travis Kvapil and Kyle Busch made contact and spun while battling for the lead. As the smoke cleared coming out of turn 4, it was Benson who found his way back out front, and he held off all challengers over the final 21 laps to take the victory.

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