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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Regan Smith Runs Well at Rowdy Richmond

Rookies in the Starting Lineup: Patrick Carpentier (fourth), Regan Smith (26th), Michael McDowell (29th), Sam Hornish Jr. (35th) Unofficial Finishing Positions: Smith (21st), Hornish (23rd), McDowell (40th), Carpentier (43rd) Rookie of the Race: Smith. The most notable part of Smith’s night wasn’t so much his leading rookie finish of 21st, but rather how he got to …

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Voices From the Heartland: Michael McDowell Incident a PR Bonanza for NASCAR

Before I go too far into this article and ruffle some serious feathers, I want to make it perfectly clear that no one, with the possible exception of Michael McDowell and his family, was as glad as myself to see Michael emerge virtually unscathed from the tangled wreckage that used to be his racecar last …

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Top 10 NASCAR-Related Deductions Submitted to the IRS

10. $450 for new shorts and driver’s suit, submitted by Michael McDowell. (Uniforms and Work Clothes) 9. $1,500 for the complete set of Deep Thoughts works by Jack Handey, submitted by Brian France. (Work-Related Educational Expenses) 8. $750 for resumes from FedEx/Kinko’s, submitted by Jeremy Mayfield. (Moving Expenses) 7. $5,000 submitted by Chip Ganassi for …

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Thompson in Turn 5: The Verdict Is in – NASCAR Scores Big With the CoT

Michael McDowell‘s terrifying near-head on collision with the SAFER barrier and subsequent barrel-rolling down the track at Texas Motor Speedway Friday was the most serious real-life test yet of NASCAR’s new car, known during its developmental period as the Car of Tomorrow (CoT). But the five-year project by NASCAR’s Research And Development division had been …

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Mirror Driving: NASCAR’s CoT Both Safe & Boring, Toughing Out Texas & Managing RCR’s Future

NASCAR’s CoT did its job at Texas, disintegrating to absorb Michael McDowell’s horrific crash during qualifying. Is it time to stop complaining about the CoT?

The Magic of McDowell, “Forgetting” a Blowout & Watching TV Blow the Finish in Texas… Again

From the wild (Michael McDowell‘s crash) to the wacky (Kyle Busch spouting off… again), here’s your guide to the past weekend of NASCAR television at its best, its worst, and its most confusing down in the Lone Star State. The Good The best part of the coverage down in Texas was the professional way that …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2008 Samsung 500 at Texas Edition

It’s been a while since there’s been a scary accident in any of NASCAR’s three premier series; so, needless to say, Michael McDowell‘s qualifying crash at Texas raised a few eyebrows when it comes to safety in the sport. It’s a wreck he could have easily not walked away from; but luckily, the improvements have …

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