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Does Everyone Owe Jeremy Mayfield An Apology? He Says….

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It’s been over nine years since Jeremy Mayfield was banned from NASCAR after testing positive for meth. The controversy ruined his career in the sport; despite Mayfield’s repeated denials, some were left thinking the driver was an addict. But now, recent events have those people starting to believe his side of the story. Once news …

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The Yellow Stripe: 10 Wishes for 2010, Some of Which May Actually Come True

It’s amazing how the shortest offseason in professional sports can feel so long – it seems like an age ago since we were watching Jimmie Johnson race to a fourth straight title in Miami. I, for one, was even more geeked for the Budweiser Shootout than I was for the season-premiere of ABC’s Lost! (In …

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2009: The Year That Wuz, Part I

The ponderous, clanking, larger than life beast that was the 2009 NASCAR season finally stumbled across the finish line at Homestead, completing its nine month marathon. By that point, it was smoking badly, listing to port and shedding parts like a leper on a trampoline; but somehow it did complete the marathon. Some folks tuned …

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Full Throttle: Double standard for NASCAR When It Comes to Their Drug Policy PR

One of the biggest stories of the season has been the suspension of NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield. Before the Darlington race in May, Mayfield was suspended for violating NASCAR’s substance abuse policy for testing positive for methamphetamines. Mayfield has denied the allegation and maintains that the test was a false positive due to a combination …

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The No. 08 team: More to Overcoming the Odds Than You Might Think

Take a quick stroll through the Sprint Cup Series garage and you’ll see lines of haulers and the full garage stalls of NASCAR’s biggest teams. As you cross through the gates of what should be the exit of the garage area, you see several groups of men huddled around less-colorful racecars, turning wrenches either out …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Price Chopper 400 at Kansas Edition

There have been far more defining races at Kansas Speedway, as far as points are concerned, than Sunday’s Price Chopper 400 – where everyone left with virtually the status quo. However, Mark Martin and Jimmie Johnson, one and two in the Chase both going into and leaving the race, let the standings behind them compress, …

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Thompson in Turn 5: Time for Jeremy Mayfield to Fix Self – Forget NASCAR

The Jeremy Mayfield saga took an ugly turn for the worse Monday with the news that sworn testimony had been gathered from four men that claim to have first-hand knowledge that Mayfield did use methamphetamine on a regular basis. The three affidavits and one deposition adds credence to similar claims of drug abuse previously made …

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Fanning the Flames: Touch ‘Em All… From Jimmie to Jeremy & Back to Juan

I had a whole big intro here that appealed to my stat-loving side. All kinds of goodies about how unbeatable Jimmie Johnson has been in the Chase over the last three years with the dorky stats and facts to back up my argument. Then our yellow-wallpapered buddy, Jayski, beat me to the punch yesterday when …

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Fanning the Flames: Numbers Show 2009 Season Most Competitive of Chase Era

A quick observation that somehow waded into my head amidst the congestion and cloudiness of a mid-August head cold: For as much as we, as fans and media, like to complain about the slanted nature of the sport circa 2009, notice that with Red Bull Racing’s win at Michigan, we’ve now had four first-time team …

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The Yellow Stripe: Emotional Win For Denny Hamlin Overshadows Clouds of NASCAR’s Perfect Storm

There are some days that are just meant to be. Those oh-so-rare days when you are the best, you know you’re the best, and more importantly, so does everyone else. The sort of days when everything falls into place, right at the exact time you need it. Monday was just such a day for Denny …

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