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Signs Of Trouble For Both The Busch And Craftsman Truck Series

California might have served as a wake up call for NASCAR. The Busch race and the Truck race did not have full fields. The second and third biggest racing series in the US didn't have full fields for their races this weekend. The influx of Cup drivers stealing the headlines, and the escalating costs of running teams are obviously taking a toll. What does the future hold?

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2007 Auto Club 500 at Fontana Ford Saturday Advance – David Gilliland

Saturday, February 24, 2007 California Speedway David Gilliland, driver of the No. 38 M&M’s Ford Fusion, returns to his home state this weekend for the Auto Club 500 at California Speedway. Gilliland started from the pole and finished eighth in last week’s season-opening Daytona 500. DAVID GILLILAND – No. 38 …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not In Nextel Cup: 2007 Daytona 500 Edition

Normally, the fireworks in Daytona are reserved for July, but they came out early this year. 2007's version of NASCAR's Super Bowl didn't disappoint in the action department...at least in the final fourth of the race. Kevin Harvick started off his season on fire with a weekend sweep after claiming his first Daytona 500 victory in a nailbiting finish that went down to the wire. But the only smoke at the track wasn't from the leftover Victory Lane celebration; plenty of teams saw their chances for victory go up in flames as the final 50 laps of the race were filled with wrecks, busted sheet metal, and broken spirits. So who left Daytona in a blaze of glory, and who left putting out the flames of rage and disappointment? Read this week's Who's Hot and Who's Not to find out.

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Speedweeks: The End of Winter

Daytona International Speedway's Speedweeks arrives every year with a roar. Unlike the beginning of any other pro sports, NASCAR does not start a season at a slow, deliberate pace and gradually build up to a climatic, frenzied season-ending crescendo. Instead, it slaps you right in the face to announce its arrival. Last Saturday night's Budweiser Shootout marked, for all intents and purposes, the end of winter for race fans. And for most...it was about time! Let's recap what has transpired so far, as well as the rest of the week that lies ahead:

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David Gilliland The Underdog Has His Day…Again

Sports is all about developing the concept of the underdog. Every year, the George Masons, Lance Armstrongs, and the Florida Marlins of the world dazzle us with their ability to succeed in the face of adversity, even when the gentlest of critics find no choice but to flee the crime scene and leave them for dead. Sunday, all those critics were back to cleanse their souls and apologize, calmly shaking the hand of an excited young man named David Gilliland. "I've been pinching myself for the last eight months and I'm not going to stop anytime soon," said the 30-year-old, shortly after stunning the audience of millions by winning the pole for the 49th Annual Great American Race. A driver who has yet to crack the Top 10 in a Nextel Cup race calmly went out and laid waste to the competition, taking home the top spot by nearly two-tenths of a second over teammate Ricky Rudd.

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Best of Cami Starr: David Gilliland A Feel Good Story For The Busch Series

Sometimes thinking of a topic for this column is as hard as getting going in the morning without a jolt of caffeine. So as I watched the truck race last Saturday afternoon, I was cheering for Johnny Benson as he battled for his first Craftsman Truck Series victory. Not only because he is a good guy and became the 17th driver to win in all three of NASCAR's top series, but because it would make a good Second Fiddle topic, much better than another Mark Martin win.

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2006 Driver Review: David Gilliland

*David "Cinderella Boy" Gilliland* *2006 Ride*: No. 72 Dutch Quality Stone Dodge (Infineon) No. 38 M&M's Ford (Michigan (Aug.) - Homestead (Nov.)) *2006 Owner*: Bryan Mullet (No. 72) / Robert Yates (No. 38) *Crew Chief*: Todd Parrott (No. 38) *Stats*: 15 Races, 0 Wins, 0 Top 5s, 0 Top 10s, 42nd in points. *Best Finish* : 15th, Talladega and Atlanta. *High Point*: Gilliland's high point actually wasn't Nextel Cup related; it occurred in June at the Busch Series race at Kentucky Speedway, when the part-time participant became the first of only two non-Nextel Cup regulars to win a Busch Race in 2006.

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