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NASCAR News for Sunday, May 17, 2009

Mayfield Considering Legal Action Jeremy Mayfield is not planning on accepting his indefinite suspension from NASCAR sitting down. He fully intends to dispute his penalties. However, under the Drug testing policy that NASCAR, his suspension cannot be appealed through the typical channels. As a result, Mayfield is considering potential legal …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Diamond Hill Plywood 200 at Darlington

Just another Friday night Nationwide Series race in 2009... or so it seemed. Kyle Busch took the lead early, ran away from the field, and stunk up the show at Darlington, leading all but ten of the laps run in the 200-miler. But despite his best efforts, the 24-year-old did not take one step closer to his oh so superfluous goal of winning 200 NASCAR races. Thanks to a late race incident that scattered the track with debris, Busch suffered a flat tire under caution prior to a green-white-checkered finish, forcing him to pit for fresh rubber as a result. That left Matt Kenseth and a hard-charging Jason Leffler to duke it out for the win.

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The Best 2008 NASCAR Stories That You Will Soon Forget

When a few of the Frontstretch gang get together for Mirror Driving on Monday nights, what happens in that room gets chopped and mangled and edited before its airing on Wednesday. Conversations are stitched together for coherence, off-topic rants are removed, and a sincere effort is made to ensure that at least most of the words are spelled correctly. We don’t have much time to discuss the questions that are laid out for us, and no one knows what they are beforehand. So, when the question “what is the biggest news story of 2008” came up, plenty of things came to mind in the short time provided for answers. Easily, Jimmie Johnson’s third straight title was the winner, but there were other memorable moments, including: the mess at the Brickyard; the meteoric rise and fall of Kyle Busch; a winless season for Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth; and Johnny Benson and Clint Bowyer winning titles in the lesser series.

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Perseverance the Specialty for Doug Taylor, No. 61 Team

Doug Taylor has been doing this for a long time. He fielded his first entry in the Nationwide (then Busch) series in 1994, and continued racing through the 1998 season. That was a banner year for Taylor as a car owner, as driver Kevin Lepage delivered the then-Doug Taylor Motorsports team a pole at Dover and a Busch win at the Bristol Motor Speedway. “We were able to average a 12th place starting spot and 11th place finish [in 1998],” recalls Taylor, who finished seventh in the owner’s championship that season. Fast forward ten years. With co-owner Charlie Shoffner and the same driver that scored him his only career win as an owner, Taylor returned to full-time Nationwide Series competition in '08 under the banner of Specialty Racing. And while the No. 61 car is not contending for wins, or even Top 10s just yet, the season can’t be considered anything short of a success.

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2008 Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen

*In a Nutshell:* Unlike last weekend at Montreal, Marcos Ambrose did not have the best car in the field. But unlike last weekend, Ambrose capitalized during Saturday's race at Watkins Glen, scoring his first career NASCAR victory with a win in the Zippo 200. Ambrose ran in the third position for most of the event’s second half, stalking a furious battle between Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Burton that saw both Cup stars forced to pit with less than ten laps to go for fuel. Ambrose then cruised to an easy win, which also catapulted his No. 59 into the Top 10 in Nationwide Series points. Kyle Busch scored a strong runner-up finish for D’Hondt Motorsports in the team’s first Nationwide Series race of the season, with Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick and polesitter Dario Franchitti rounding out the Top 5.

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2008 Dollar General 300 at Chicagoland

*In a Nutshell:* The pre-race show spent an hour talking about Toyota dominance in the Nationwide Series, a discussion that ended with ESPN’s "analysts" coming to the conclusion that it wasn’t Toyota causing the problem ... it was Joe Gibbs Racing. Well, whomever's at fault, it seems the rest of the manufacturers have yet to find themselves a solution that'll allow them to remain competitive. JGR dominated a very uneventful race once again Friday night, with *Kyle Busch* leading 101 laps and scoring an easy fifth win of the season in his No. 18 Camry. But JGR didn't just lay waste to the field Friday night... Toyota did.

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2008 Federated Auto Parts 300 at Nashville

*In a Nutshell:* Saturday’s race was dubbed the "Opportunity 300," the first of numerous standalone events for the Nationwide Series this summer -- and a number of drivers took advantage, making runs at their first career wins. But while Joey Logano was untouchable in the early going, and David Stremme ran up front all race long, it was Brad Keselowski in the No. 88 who cashed in, scoring his first career NASCAR victory on the 1.33-mile speedway. Stremme, David Reutimann and Clint Bowyer all stayed out on the track trying to stretch their fuel to the end, but a late race caution allowed Keselowski -- who took four tires later in the race -- to run down the leaders and score JR Motorsports’ second series victory this season. Keselowski was able to celebrate in Victory Lane with much of his family, as brother Brian was also in town after attempting to qualify for Saturday’s event (he spun on his qualifying lap and DNQ’d). Meanwhile, the second leg of a vaunted "tripleheader" weekend didn't go so well for Kyle Busch; he finished three laps down in 20th after dealing with a flat tire. Clint Bowyer’s strong fourth place finish allowed him to retain the series’ points lead, which now stands at 166 points over second place David Reutimann.

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Fanning the Flames: The Latest On Bobby Labonte, Kevin Lepage, And Looking Forward To Richmond

Richmond is a great track. Steeped in history, yet progressive enough to keep it a state-of-the-art facility, this jewel in the capital of the South provides can’t-miss racing year in, year out. One of my most vivid racing memories as a child was watching Dale Earnhardt spin Darrell Waltrip after the two staged an epic battle in the race’s waning laps at the Richmond Fairgrounds; my NASCAR passion has been alive and well ever since. Luckily, the green flag for this one set to fly at 7:45 in Richmond on Saturday night, because there is another race that has my full attention as well. The lighting-fast 1.25-mile Churchill Downs has a little A-Main of its own that’s set to post at 6:04 pm; this is dirt track racing at its finest, folks, dirt trackin’ with a $2 million purse. The Kentucky Derby’s two-minute adrenaline rush tops just about anything the stock cars can throw out there; about the closest I can figure is Ricky Craven v. Kurt Busch at Darlington in 2003, or the 2007 Daytona 500 dash, which may have been the most heart-stopping finish I’ve ever seen in my life.

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Mirror Driving: Did Busch Pass Below The Line? Will Tony Stewart Leave? And Will Lepage Ever Regain Respect?

While the "out-of-bounds" rule was designed to make racing safer on restrictor plate tracks, enforcement of the rule has been a crapshoot at best. In fact, many complained that Kyle Busch's winning pass came with two wheels below the yellow line, although definitive video and photos have not yet surfaced. Is there a way to make this rule work consistently, or does it need to be scrapped completely?

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