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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Sam Hornish Jr. is Heroic at Daytona

Rookies in the Starting Lineup: Sam Hornish Jr. (19th), Regan Smith (29th), Dario Franchitti (40th) Unofficial Finishing Positions: Hornish (15th), Franchitti (33rd), Smith (37th) Rookie of the Race: Sam Hornish Jr. Most of the NASCAR world will say that Penske Racing had its most successful run in team history during Sunday’s Daytona 500, based on the …

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NASCAR Nextel Cup Rookie Report: 2008 Preview, Part II

With the Daytona 500 nearly upon us, it’s time to finish off my look at the 2008 NASCAR Nextel Cup rookies. Last week in this column, we profiled three of the six candidates; this time around, we’ll finish the job by chronicling three impressive open-wheel veterans turned stock car freshmen: No. 27 Jacques Villeneuve – …

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Bowles-Eye View: Scraping Up Respect For a NASCAR Champion & Other Atlanta Odds ‘N’ Ends

As the smoke cleared from a wild and wacky Atlanta finish, I noticed a great story buried amongst the rubble of torn-up tires, terrifying restarts and tough luck for about a dozen drivers that should have won the race. So, instead of turning towards the mayhem, my eyes drifted instead to a man that had …

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Tracking the Trucks: 2007 Easy Care Vehicle Service Contracts 200 at Atlanta

In a Nutshell: Kyle Busch took the lead with eight laps remaining to win the Easy Care Vehicle Service Contracts 200 at Atlanta over Ron Hornaday. Johnny Benson, Mark Martin and Mike Skinner rounded out the top five. Busch took the checkered flag 0.971 seconds ahead of his competition to become the first repeat Truck …

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Mirror Driving: Tired of Tires, Who’s Haas Gonna Hire & Whose Chase Has Caught Fire?

All weekend at Lowe’s, complaints and concern centered around the tires Goodyear brought to the event. After seeing the race unfold, is the tire still too hard?

Fanning the Flames: Single-File Questions After a Single-File Sunday

There are a lot of topics to get to this week, so we’re going to get right to the questions. Q: In the first five Car of Tomorrow races, NASCAR jumped up and down, pointing to the “close finishes.” But the last six CoT races (excluding the Talladega plate race where we always see close …

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