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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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I’m Just Sayin’…NASCAR Stuff We Can’t Make Up

Instead of her usual weekly racing review, Senior Staff Writer Becca Gladden has scoured the NASCAR front to bring you the week's curious, offbeat, and just plain wacky news from the intriguing world of big-time stock car racing. Trust us, these stories are all true - we just couldn't make this stuff up! *Racing On Heels*: What will the well-dressed fashion maven be wearing at the track this year? A pair of NASCAR ladies' pumps, of course! As described at the NASCAR.com Superstore, "The black and white checkered pony hair pumps are made of imported Italian metallic patent leather, and feature signature tire tread flexible molded soles with the 4 color NASCAR logo. The pumps have a 3" heel with racing flags and soft padding for long-lasting comfort." Price? Just $99.99 a pair plus shipping. *Mystery Solved*: Who commissioned a small airplane to tow a banner over Lowe's Motor Speedway prior to the October 13th Charlotte Cup race - a banner which read, "How Much Does Bobby Ginn Owe You?" According to authorities, it was three DEI workers, upset that the former owner of Ginn Racing - which merged with DEI earlier this season - allegedly owes back pay to past employees. Unfortunately, the three are now out of a job at DEI as well after being fired for the airplane stunt.

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Getting Their Just Desserts – NASCAR Driver Earnings Finally Matching Those Of Other Major Athletes

Ernest Hemingway once said that, "Auto racing, bull fighting, and mountain climbing are the only real sports ... all others are games." All decade long, we've heard such age-old discussion of how NASCAR drivers stack up to the athletic performances of the stick 'n' ball sports: Major League Baseball, the NFL, the NHL, and the NBA. You can go back and forth on that question for ages; but in the end, you'll never be able to test athletes on the same athletic skill that makes them so great. However, there's another area where direct comparison _is_ readily available; it's a mode of financial number crunching that goes far beyond physical talent laid out on a track, a football field, or a baseball diamond, one that gives you an idea of just how much one man measures up against another. It's the checkbook.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not: Outside The Chase after the 2007 Subway 500 at Martinsville

Sunday's race at Martinsville marked the beginning of the final five races this season, launching a segment filled with pressure-packed racing not only for those fighting for the title, but for many others involved in separate skirmishes of their own. Whether it's battling to stay within the Top 25 in driver points, to move up to the "best of the rest" label of 13th place, or simply to prove their worth in the free agent market, each of the non-Chase wheelmen has his own set of goals in mind. Unfortunately for many, the tight quarters of Martinsville's half-mile oval proved a formidable adversary, as the event's 21 cautions chewed up and spit out the hopes of many an underdog looking to make a name for themselves on the old school short track. So, which drivers kept their hot streaks intact, and which ones found themselves skidding to a halt on the hard concrete surface of a paper-clip slugfest turned Demolition Derby? Read on to find out who's heating up and cooling down among the non-Chase drivers heading to Atlanta this weekend...

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Busch Series Breakdown: 2007 Dollar General 300 at Charlotte

The Busch series was once again the playground of the Buschwhackers. *Greg Biffle* and *Carl Edwards* dueled at the front of the pack for much of the first two thirds of the race. Biffle took the lead at the beginning of the race as Edwards was working his way up through the front of the pack from his fifth place starting position. *Kasey Kahne* briefly took the lead and then lost it to Biffle who continued to lead until lap 59. At that point Edwards took the point and battled back and forth with Biffle until lap 129 when *Clint Bowyer* assumed the point. Biffle led one more lap on lap 139, but lost it to *Jeff Burton* who led the remainder of the race to capture his 26th career Busch victory.

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