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Fanning the Flames: Rusty’s Advantage, Townley’s Future & Gordon’s Irrelevance?

Q: Just wondering: How is it possible for team owner and father of a driver, Rusty Wallace, to be in the broadcast booth? Does he not have the advantage of seeing and hearing things that could be helpful to his team? Somehow, it just doesn’t seem right. Thank you!

5 Points to Ponder: Kentucky Non-Surprise, Zaxby’s & Denny

Bruton Smith did not buy the Kentucky Speedway without knowing and knowing full well that the anti-trust lawsuit brought upon NASCAR by the facility’s former ownership was going to get settled. He didn’t spend millions of dollars on cosmetic and infrastructure improvements to put on a better Nationwide Series race; that’s a safe wager.

2010 Driver Development Already Suffering

What started as a year full of promise for a new crop of development drivers to restore the Nationwide Series to its rightful place as a development league for the future of stock car racing has quickly unraveled. Not surprisingly, John Wes Townley continued his struggles of 2009 even with the backing of Richard Childress …

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2 Races, 2 Series, 1 Story: An Ugly Weekend for RCR Driver Development

Even for a driver who last season was dubbed by numerous writers as “John Wreck Townley,” this past weekend at Phoenix was certainly a rough one for the RCR wheelman. Following a crash in practice on Friday afternoon, John Wes Townley was benched by his team, then forced to sit and watch as Clint Bowyer …

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5 Points to Ponder: Montoya’s Miracle Comeback?, Gutsy Hamlin & More

As reported by Frontstretch this week, John Wes Townley was not released by Richard Childress Racing but instead put in “time out” for the near future after a poor start to 2010. The move itself is somewhat of a surprise, as sponsor Zaxby’s came over to RCR with Townley as a package deal. It’s the sole reason he landed with an organization far superior to his talent.

John Wes Townley to Miss Texas, Remains with RCR

Sources tell Frontstretch John Wes Townley has NOT been released as driver of Richard Childress Racing’s No. 21 Chevy in the Nationwide Series. After a hard wreck at Phoenix, Townley was replaced for Friday’s race by Cup driver Clint Bowyer, leading to rampant speculation about his future. ESPN reported that Townley had been fired, a …

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Mirror Driving: Chase Longshots, RCR’s Consistency & Judging Leffler

Six races into the season, history tells us nearly three-quarters of the Chase field will be there after the checkered flag at Richmond in September. So who’s the biggest name currently outside the top 12 that’s not going to make it back in, and why?

Did You Notice? NASCAR Lawsuits Galore, Hamlin’s Media Firestorm & Childress’s Bad Move

Did You Notice? Big-time teams swimming in a mountain of money problems? I know most people come back to that sobering reality from Vegas, but these appear to be worse than that few hundred lost on a bad hand at poker. We’ll start with Rusty Wallace Inc., whose team revealed Tuesday they’re owed $535,439.18 by …

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5 Points to Ponder: Nationwide’s 1st Leg

With the Nationwide Series set for a lengthy layoff following the weekend’s race in Las Vegas, the third race of the 2010 season will go a very long way in determining the direction of the season for just about everyone. There’s countless stories to watch for, regardless of how narrowly ESPN insists on framing its …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2010 Stater Brothers 300 at Fontana

When one thinks of Fontana, chances are they’re not thinking of wild finishes. But in what was an uncharacteristically entertaining race for a track that even Marty Reid admitted was conducive to “freight training” (or maybe ESPN actually did their jobs for once), Kyle Busch turned the tables on teammate Joey Logano. After Logano beat …

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Mirror Driving: Making History, Penalizing Fairly & Winning NASCAR Fans Back in 2010

Jimmie Johnson won his fourth consecutive title last weekend, the first driver to win four in a row and fourth to win four or more titles in the history of the sport. But should an asterisk go into the record books because Johnson won under the Chase system?