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Did You Notice? The Start And Park Scam, NASCAR Is A Team Sport, And RCR Comes Up Short

*Did You Notice?…* How much difference a pit crew makes to the success or failure of a race team? With Drew Blickensderfer taking the helm of the No. 17, the “Killer B’s” have been at the top of their game -- yet another reason why their talented crew chief is the hottest head wrench on the circuit. At California, the B’s produced a net gain of 10 spots for their driver on pit road, including putting him out front when it counted the most – following the race’s final caution on Lap 213. Now, compare that with Kenseth’s teammate, Greg Biffle, who had perhaps the fastest car but a crew that _lost_ him a total of 13 spots on pit road.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Auto Club 500 at Fontana Edition

Curtains have fallen on the first “real” race of the season, as NASCAR's 2009 debut on the West Coast proceeded as many California races have before. Long green flag runs and a strung out field are the best ways to describe an event where the majority of the cars struggled with handling, leaving only a select few drivers to find themselves with a real shot at the win. Adding to the boredom was the dominance of a select few. Kyle Busch came close to scoring the first “hat trick” in NASCAR history, finishing third in the Cup race while scoring impressive wins in both the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series events.

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 Auto Club 500 at Fontana

"Just great team, great crew, great, great engines. You need everything to go right, really, to win these races. Our car handled really good all day, and we had excellent pit stops. Drew and Chip came up with changing a couple of things, and got it just good enough at the end. It wasn’t easy -- but it was just good enough to hold them off." _Matt Kenseth_

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Stater Brothers 300 at Fontana

As if following up Daytona with Fontana wasn’t enough of a letdown, Kyle Busch made sure that there would be no last lap fireworks this time around. Leading over 140 of the 150 laps run Saturday night, Busch followed up his Truck win earlier in the day with a dominant performance that saw the JGR No. 18 team lay waste to the Nationwide Series field. The win was the first for the No. 18 team with Jason Ratcliffe on the pit box since his suspension at Michigan last August for tampering with a NASCAR chassis dyno. Kyle Busch also became the first driver in NASCAR history to win two national touring division races on the same day.

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Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2009 Bud Shootout at Daytona

*The Key Moment:* Kevin Harvick assumed the lead milliseconds before the caution flag flew, signaling the end of the race. *In a Nutshell:* With the convoluted new format and dearth of attendance and excitement Saturday night, is it time to just call this Shootout silliness off? *Dramatic Moment:* Waiting to see who was going to hit Greg Biffle next. *What They’ll Be Talking About Around the Water Cooler This Week* The folks at Daytona said they were *lowering ticket prices* to put fans in the seats in this tough economy. Apparently, they didn’t lower them enough.

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Fanning the Flames: The Lights Of The Pace Car Are Off On 2009

Didn’t we talk just, like, two Thursdays ago? Has it actually been over two months since Thanksgiving? Is the Christmas season really over a month gone in our rear-view mirror? Was that the Arizona Cardinals I saw in the Super Bowl?! And, as great of a driver as he may be, is Jimmie Johnson not the clumsiest dude you’ve ever seen? That makes two offseasons in a row, you know... These are the questions I ask you. Now, it’s time for us — this grateful writer and you, the NASCAR fan — do rehash our annual talk. _Fanning the Flames_ was created to provide you an outlet to ask questions, voice concerns, and blow off a little steam. In short, this is your column as much as it is mine (I just format it on Wednesday nights). Without your input, this column no longer exists.

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2008 Driver Review: Greg Biffle

*2008 Ride:* No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford *2008 Sponsors:* 3M, DISH Network *2008 Owner:* Jack Roush/John Henry (Fenway Sports Marketing Group) *2008 Crew Chief:* Greg Erwin *Stats:* 36 Races, 2 Wins, 12 Top 5s, 17 Top 10s, 3rd in points. *High Point:* Following a roller coaster of a 26-race regular season, Biffle came out swinging when the Chase began. His Roush Fenway team posted back-to-back victories (New Hampshire and Dover) to open the playoffs, and followed those runs with a third at Kansas. Just like that, one of the five Chase drivers who had failed to win a race in the regular season put the field — most notably title favorites Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson — on alert that this was anything but a two-man battle for the ’08 crown.

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Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2008 Ford 400 at Homestead

*The Key Moment:* Carl Edwards ran out of gas as he coasted across the finish line to take his ninth Cup win of the season. *In a Nutshell:* Carl Edwards did all he could do, but Jimmie Johnson did all he had to do; and thus, the 2008 Cup season went out with a whimper, not a bang. *Dramatic Moment:* I’ve got six words here; B-O-R-I-N-G. *What They’ll Be Talking About Around the Water Cooler This Week* So, how many *Cup team members will actually be given pink slips on Monday,* and how many teams will show up to race at Daytona in February? There’s a lot wrong with this sport today, but one thing *you cannot fault either Carl Edwards or Jimmie Johnson* for is showing class in defeat and victory.

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: How To Hold Your Own Homestead Trophy Celebration

The 2008 Sprint Cup season started 10 months ago in Daytona, traveled through the North, South, East, and West; and now, it all comes down to this. After 35 races, your fantasy team is on the verge of taking home the trophy; or, you need to make a desperation move to get past the leader. Homestead has been on the schedule since 1999, seen six different winners, and remained the track where the Chase was decided in all five years of its existence. Only hosting one race per season gives gamers a little pause, though, because there is no body of work with the new car design to fall back on. With drivers trying to extend winning streaks, others auditioning for jobs, and two men still competing for the title, any number of scenarios could play out.

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Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2008 Checker O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix

Very rarely do you see a former champion show so much admiration for another. But when Kurt Busch finished runner-up to points leader Jimmie Johnson this weekend at Phoenix, he admitted that the No. 48 team was "something special," and told fans to tune in or come to watch NASCAR's next big dynasty. It's true that nobody has been able to touch Johnson, Chad Knaus, and Co. in the Chase, and this week's race was no different. Carl Edwards finished in the Top 5 yet again, but lost points to the two-time defending champion, who won his seventh race of the year and increased his point lead to a nearly-insurmountable 141. Johnson and Edwards have certainly been in a league of their own these last few weeks, but who else has been *HOT* as the season winds down? Check out this week's edition of Who's Hot / Who's Not in Sprint Cup: Chase Edition to find out.

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