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Running Their Mouth: 2008 Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta

"That is amazing. First off, before I lose all of my thoughts, I have to thank Snickers, M&M's, Interstate Batteries, Toyota, [crew chief] Steve Addington, and all of these boys who have been on the No. 18 car from the beginning. The No. 18 has always been the car to beat here at Atlanta for many, many years when this place was redone and with Bobby Labonte. This means so much to come back here and do this. Overall, it's great for Joe Gibbs Racing." _Kyle Busch_ "That was the most pathetic racing tire that I've ever been on in my professional career. They exited out of Formula One. They exited out of IRL. They exited out of CART. They exited out of World of Outlaws, and there is a reason for that. Goodyear can't build a tire that is worth a crap." _Tony Stewart, finished 2nd_

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Managing Expectations… And Fending Off Disappointment

Trying to predict how the 2008 NASCAR season will finish after just three races -- and with less than ten percent of the full schedule accounted for -- is just short of madness. But NASCAR is nothing if not a brutally honest sport. Yes, you can be the victim of bad racing luck; witness Casey Mears at Fontana hitting a weeper and somehow missing absolutely everyone else except his teammate. Yet for the most part, the standings don't lie; and after three races of this nascent season, we have a small enough sample size to start analyzing trends. Potential points deductions notwithstanding, *Carl Edwards* has had almost a perfect start with a pair of wins (his eighth and ninth in Cup) following a ho-hum 19th in the 500. *Ryan Newman* is another who has started fast with his epic win in the 50th Great American race, one that gave boss Roger Penske his first Daytona 500 crown after thirty years of trying. He's followed that up with two solid finishes in California and Vegas to prove that victory wasn't a fluke. Like Newman, *Kyle Busch* has also come flying out of the gate, with two fourth places and 156 of 717 total laps led -- a mark which leads the series.

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Running Their Mouth: 2008 UAW-Dodge 400 at Las Vegas

"It was a great car. I thought we were gonna receive another penalty for a tire that got away, and NASCAR made a judgment call in our favor after looking at the tape. I believe it was the right one, and I'm just very grateful for them looking at that and giving that to us." _Carl Edwards, Race Winner_ "I am thrilled with this finish. We didn't need the red flag, though; the tires spinning, that was just more me trying to not set myself up for the restart correctly. The tire is a little hard... I am curious as to whether we could bring a softer tire and not have wear problems. If that was possible, I would love that. " _Dale Earnhardt, Jr, finished 2nd_ "I'll argue that I had the fastest race car today on the race track and the driver just screwed it up. I got caught speeding on pit road. I was able to get all the way back to, I think I was passing for fourth or third... and [I] got loose off of turn two and probably should have wrecked and don't really understand why I didn't yet, and lost all my track position again. This is the most fun I've had driving a race car in probably a year or two." _Greg Biffle, finished 3rd_

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Car of Tomorrow Helps To Provide Parity Today

While many in the media (yours truly included) were raving about Dodge's impressive showing at the Daytona 500, many were looking to this past weekend's Auto Club 500 in Fontana, California as the true test of how the Car of Tomorrow would perform for this season. The 1.5 + mile "downforce" tracks make up the bulk of NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule, and over the last several years with the previous iteration of stockcar, aerodynamics were the key to how a driver would finish. With the new machine and it's common template and non-offset body, much of any aero-ingenuity has been engineered out of the cars, making mechanical grip the moving target for which teams will take aim at. To a man, all of the principles in the sport agree, the driver has more input and influence than anytime in recent memory with the new car.

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Running Their Mouth: 2008 Daytona 500

"It's awesome. It's probably one of the most awesome things that's ever happened to me. To understand all the history of NASCAR, of racing in general, you know, the drivers meeting, to be looking face to face with all the guys, the greats that were on stage up there, and now to be part of one of those guys and part of that team, it's just awesome. Kurt [Busch] was the push from heaven that made it all happen. I have to thank Kurt first and foremost." _Ryan Newman_ "To give my teammate a shot and to push him victory makes me feel like we won this thing as well right along with him. We had to work our way to the front and then we got caught speeding on pit road. This is just a team effort and I'm really happy for this Miller Lite Dodge." _Kurt Busch, finished 2nd_

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Running Their Mouth: 2008 Bud Shootout at Daytona

"This is exactly what we needed coming out of the gate. We've had such a long offseason, and this really made it worth it." _Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Shootout winner_ "On the racetrack, I think, they are going to go back to letting us run over each other it looks like... so just get ready. I'm going to walk around with my dukes up all day long. Be ready, I'm telling you -- you got to watch both hands!" _Dale Earnhardt, Jr., in response to the aftermath of the Tony Stewart - Kurt Busch incident_ "I'm pretty happy with that because it's hard to beat Dale Jr. He's one of the best restrictor plate drivers there's ever been. He learned a lot from his dad, and I'm not sure he's not better than his dad now, in all honesty." _Tony Stewart, finished 2nd_

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2008 Season Preview: Which Driver’s On The Hot Seat This Year?

Today's Season Preview Topic: As always, 2008 will be a year when several driver contracts are on the verge of expiring. So, which driver starts the season on the "hottest seat," and why? Matt Taliaferro, Assistant Editor: "(Thursdays / Fanning The Flames)":https://frontstretch.com/staffinfo/7174/ Click here to email Matt your questions for Fanning The Flames this season - our weekly Fan Q & A column! Although Jamie McMurray's contract does not expire until 2009, I think he has to be on a boiling-hot seat. Yes, the Daytona win last July was impressive - but it was also long overdue. Following a messy departure from Chip Ganassi Racing at the end of 2005, McMurray has recorded all of six Top 5s in two full seasons with Roush Racing. And _this_ is what all the hubbub was about?

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2007 Driver Review: Greg Biffle

*2007 Ride*: No. 16 Ford *2007 Owner*: Roush-Fenway Racing *2007 Crew Chief*: Pat Tryson (Feb. - May), Greg Erwin (May - present) *Stats*: 36 Races, 1 Wins, 5 Top 5s, 11 Top 10s, 14th in Points. *High Point*: Greg Biffle's only win of 2007 came relatively late in the season - race number 29 of 36 - and was marred by controversy. The Lifelock 400 at Kansas Speedway was interrupted twice by rain delays and shortened by 85 miles due to impending darkness. When it finally finished under caution, NASCAR declared Biffle the winner - but other drivers, including Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, and Clint Bowyer argued that Biffle should not have won because he failed to maintain a reasonable speed after the caution came out. Still, the victory ended a 28-race winless streak for Biffle. Off the track, Biffle married long-term girlfriend Nicole Lunders in October.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not: Outside The Chase after the 2007 Checker Auto Parts 500k at Phoenix

With just two races left on the Nextel Cup slate, the open roads of the great Southwest appeared the perfect place for a change of pace. After all, the subset of three dozen drivers outside the Chase had won just once during the playoffs, and you'd like to think the odds were in their favor heading to a one-mile short track - especially while toting the unpredictable Car Of Tomorrow in their wake. However, that chance at redemption quickly became a desert mirage. While admirable performances were put in by a handful of teams, Sunday's final results leaned heavily in favor of the playoff participants - again. For the second straight week, eight of the Top 10 finishers were also among the Top 12 in Nextel Cup points, making it difficult to argue that any of the Chasers didn't deserve to be ranked amongst NASCAR's elite. But what about those drivers left behind? Now, just one race remains for any of them to salvage seasons that clearly didn't turn out the way they intended. With time running out, who can defy the odds, putting together their best impression of a Happy Ending? And which teams have put themselves in a hole too deep to dig out of … not just for this year, but the beginning of the next? Read on to find out Who's Hot and Who's Not … outside the Chase for the Championship...

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NASCAR ER-It’s Time to Bring Reality to the Show

NASCAR has come a long way on safety in recent years. The HANS device, SAFER barriers, the Car of Tomorrow-all were implemented to improve safety and the chances of a driver avoiding serious injury in a crash. By all accounts, they are working. But there is one area in which NASCAR lags far behind other major racing series. Despite all the devices and inventions, the sanctioning body has never seen its way clear to have a traveling medical team. Such a team with a medical doctor, preferably a trauma surgeon, at its head as medical director is a long overdue addition to NASCAR's workforce. Under the director should be at least one other doctor and a handful of nurses, as well as enough EMT's and paramedics to staff at least three ambulances. Having a traveling team would allow NASCAR to do several things:

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