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Full Throttle: The Loss of Harry Davis a Huge Loss for NASCAR’s Diversity Movement

On January 21st, NASCAR lost a very dedicated man when Harry Davis passed away. Harry was the father of Marc Davis, a one-time developmental driver for Joe Gibbs Racing who has gone on his own to try and make it into the big leagues of stock car racing. Harry put everything he had into helping …

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Bowles-Eye View: NASCAR Lessons Learned From Harry Davis

On Sunday, 19-year-old Marc Davis finished third in the Freestate 500 in South Africa. That put him on the podium behind John Mickel and Toni McCray, standing proudly amongst the top three in a race dedicated to his late father. Monday, he’ll fly back to bury him. —- The first time Harry Davis contacted me …

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Side by Side: Is Racism NASCAR’s Responsibility to Investigate?

Today’s Question: NASCAR suspended Nationwide No. 62 team’s crew chief Bryan Berry last Thursday, citing Section 12-1: “Actions detrimental to stock car racing… involved in an altercation with another team”. It was later revealed through various media outlets that Berry allegedly said a racial slur in reference to Marc Davis, the 19-year old driver of the No. 10. Since the announcement, there has been sporadic coverage of the suspension by the major NASCAR networks and no official statement by the sanctioning body.

Is it NASCAR’s responsibility to publish what precise actions resulted in a suspension – specifically when racism is involved? Further, does it help the sport to discuss this explosive topic, or does it just keep an old injury fresh with no hope of healing in the future?

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Lifelock 400 at Michigan Edition

“Give me fuel, give me fire, give me that which I desire,” may very well have been the lyrics Jimmie Johnson was banging his head to as his dominant No. 48 Chevy sputtered to the finish of Sunday’s LifeLock 400. The three-time champ absolutely dominated at Michigan, only surrendering the lead after the final pit …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Federated Auto Parts 300 at Nashville

For the sixth week in a row, Kyle Busch was the dominant car in a Nationwide Series race. That’s it, no tricks to this story. His pit crew perfect, his laps fast, his nose clean, Busch led 173 of the 225 laps run Saturday night to score his long overdue fourth win of the Nationwide Series season. While Busch’s race was clean, his unorthodox celebration was far from it (read on to hear this writer’s take).

5 Points to Ponder: 2009 Autism Speaks 400 at Dover Edition

Speaking of young guns, I’ve heard a couple of people blame Joey Logano for the late-race contact with Kyle Busch that essentially gave the win to the No. 88 team. I’ve been a Logano critic since the hype machine first fired up, but there is absolutely no validity to those thoughts that the contact was all on him. Busch was restarting with a tire going down and when he drove it off into turn 1, he had to get off the gas to not lose the car… forcing Logano to get into the back of him. That left the move as nothing more than a racing accident… it’s that simple.

Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Heluva Good! 200 at Dover

For 198 laps, it was business as usual for Kyle Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing, as the No. 18 and No. 20 Toyotas put an absolute smackdown on the NNS field – combining to lead 195 laps and holding the top-two spots when the race’s final green flag restarted the event with two laps to …

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Nuts for Nationwide: 5 Fearless Forecasts for Thunder Valley

The Sam’s Town 300 at Las Vegas saw four of the five full-time Nationwide Series rookie candidate score top-10 finishes. That won’t happen this weekend, but don’t look for this rookie class to end up a blended mess like so many before it have at this treacherous short track. Brendan Gaughan, who’s currently fourth in series points, averaged a top-15 finish in five Truck Series starts at Bristol, including a runner-up performance in August of 2007. And Justin Allgaier is coming off of an ARCA campaign that saw him score top-five finishes in all seven of the series’ short-track events, including three wins.

Did You Notice? No ’09 Rivalries, Fun with TV Ratings & Statistical Surprises in Sprint Cup

Did You Notice? The only thing Lowe’s Motor Speedway President Marcus Smith would commit to last week – alluding to changes for this year’s All-Star Race – is that the distance would stay exactly the same (100 laps). To me, that’s already a bad “change” to make, no matter how you break that distance down… you’re putting the cars out on the track way too long for an event that’s advertised as “action-packed” from the minute they drop the green flag.

Mirror Driving: Sadler’s Last Stand, Diversity’s Shocking Surprise & NASCAR Free Agents Losing Hope

Elliott Sadler was released from Gillett Evernham Motorsports in favor of AJ Allmendinger, and promptly filed suit for breach of contract. Does Sadler have a leg to stand on, and what can he hope to gain – or stand to lose – from the suit?

Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2008 O’Reilly Challenge 300 at Texas

The results at Texas Motor Speedway were exactly what anyone who’s followed the Nationwide Series in 2008 would expect. Joe Gibbs Racing’s Toyotas were untouchable. Cup regulars dominated the finishing order, taking six of the top-eight finishing positions. And Kyle Busch led early and often, leading 174 of 200 laps to score his 10th win of the Nationwide season. He’s fast become the Florida State of NASCAR, beating up on the lower ranks in much the same way the Seminoles opened the college football season with back-to-back games against I-AA teams.

Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2008 Kroger On Track For The Cure 250 at Memphis

On lap 29, a handful of drivers came in for fresh tires and adjustments at Memphis… and it turns out that made all the difference. A caution on lap 126 after over 90 laps of green flag racing left less than 10 cars on the lead lap, including Carl Edwards, whose No. 60 Ford was the class of the field. Edwards was never seriously challenged for the lead throughout the rest of the race despite multiple late-race cautions, and made coming from the back of the pack look easy, scoring a relatively easy victory. Defending race winner David Reutimann got his No. 99 Toyota to second with a few laps to go, but he refused to use the bump and run to move Edwards out of the way, a decision Reutimann later questioned himself for making.

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