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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Ken Schrader a Lot Like a Rock

Ken Schrader in a way, WAS Rockingham Speedway on Sunday, or perhaps Rockingham Speedway was Ken Schrader. Coming from a 31st-place starting spot to finish second, Schrader passed cars by using the track to his advantage. It was a brilliant performance by the veteran driver with the reputation of being one who will race anything, anytime. At one point late in the race, Schrader took the lead and proceeded to school Logano in the finer points of holding a lead-switching from the bottom-hugging low line in the turns to the high line, the only place where Logano was really able to make his best moves. It didn’t work forever, but it was great, clean racing, the way Schrader has run for most of his 53 years.

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Bubble Breakdown: Go or Go Homers Get Roughed Up at Richmond

That meant when the dust settled from the Saturday night short track brawl, the results were a knockout punch to teams trying to climb their way back up the ladder. Four of the six teams ranked 30th to 35th in the owner standings posted finishes of 23rd or better; in comparison, the eight drivers from 36th to 43rd had just one finish better than 27th. And as if the "safe" teams needed any more help, for the second straight week the car 36th in owner points missed the race; as a result, the distance between the Top 35 and the first car "on the outside looking in" expanded to 71 points. That's quite a jump, especially considering that just two races ago, the margin had shrunk to only three.

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Critiquing NASCAR TV: Who’s Turned Things Around In 2008… & Who Hasn’t

As much as ESPN’s NASCAR Now lacked in consistency and substance last year, it has been made up for -- and then some -- in 2008. Last year’s hosts of the show, with the exception of Ryan Burr, really struggled to even pretend to have a clue about anything in the sport; but things have changed over the course of the past few months. Nicole Manske, Allen Bestwick, and Burr have become the triumvirate of hosts that cycle at the helm of the broadcast, and the talent works to perfection in this case. Bestwick’s experience combined with Manske and Burr’s individual, natural comfort in front of the camera really helps fill the void that the script of the show sometimes lacks.

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Fanning the Flames: “Smack” Talk, Engine Issues & That Damn Gopher Cam

Q: NASCAR keeps saying that the CoT will get better as teams learn more about the car. Wouldn't it make more sense, coming out with a new car with so many restrictions, to allow teams to do more testing to speed up the learning curve? Even opening a track up a day early, allowing the teams to run tests just before the races would seem relatively inexpensive (as opposed to having to schlep everyone back and forth midweek) and could actually make the racing more competitive. Oh right, that would make too much sense, wouldn't it?

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Did You Notice? Jimmie Johnson’s Special Photo, Messing With Montoya, & David Gilliland?

Did You Notice? That the Sprint Cup Series can go to a fast, sleek intermediate track and have no mechanical failures in a 500-mile event - as was the case in Fontana this February - but then they go to a short track and have nearly half a dozen engines go south in one of the shortest races all year? In a 312-mile race, there were two engine failures and a handful of other cars that lost a cylinder at Phoenix; shockingly enough, that ties the record for most blown engines in any race so far in 2008.

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Happy Hour: Nationwide Whackers are Hurting the Sprint Cup Series

On several occasions during the Martinsville race this past Sunday, the announcers in the FOX booth analyzed "short term gain" vs. "long term loss." The comparison was made whenever a driver skipped a pit or took two tires for track position, meaning that they may gain track position in the short run, but the older tires may mean a net loss in the long run. The short-term gain vs. long-term loss is a debate that could, and should, be taking place regarding Cup drivers in the Nationwide Series, and nowhere was this more evident than at Martinsville last Sunday.

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Fanning the Flames: Petty, Childress, Earnhardt Shaking Things Up

Q: I'm a lifer Ken Schrader fan, and I read today that BAM Racing will skip the Texas race. I've followed Schrader from his days in USAC, and I hate to see him and his team have to sit out and give up owner points. Why doesn't BAM align itself with a big team like others do?

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Voices from the Heartland: Silly Sponsors & Another Nail in the “Manufacturers'” Coffin

Of course there has been the whole Jack Roush vs. The World Toyota saga, but since I am running a day late this week, you've probably read all you want on that subject anyway. Not that there is much of an actual story there. The way I see it, if Jack Roush has the lugnuts enough to make accusations of theft, he should at least "put up or shut up." Don't throw little barbs out there and then not tell the whole story. If they stole something, tell us what it is! Until Jack comes clean, to me he appears to be just a sniveling little crybaby. (And now, to use a phrase that I detest, but seems to be one of our editor's favorites, and would have probably been thrown in here anyway.) But I digress.

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Mirror Driving: Veterans Driving Junk, Who’s in a Funk & Will Chrissy Wallace Flunk?

In light of recent developments, which included Tony Raines and Kenny Wallace both moving to lesser-funded, single-car operations, is it better for series veterans to sit out completely, waiting for the right opportunity that will get them a competitive ride? Or should they take any ride offered to them, hoping against hope that the underdog will, in fact, triumph?

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