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Did You Notice? How To Make A Profit In NASCAR Without Racing Two Laps, And Gant’s Record In Peril

*Did You Notice?* … There were stories on various television outlets that start and parkers need to be at the track each weekend so they don’t “lose touch” with what’s going on in the garage each week. Oh _really?_ Why don’t you say that to Furniture Row Racing and the Wood Brothers over in the Cup Series, two of the most pleasant success stories this year as limited-schedule, single-car programs. Both the No. 78 and No. 21 chose to take their money and use it wisely, picking and choosing the races they go to run the full distance rather than trying to start and park in the other events or stretching their money over 36 races. Since they’ve made those decisions, both teams have been rewarded with top 20 finishes and an increased amount of media attention. And – can you believe it – suddenly companies are interested in sponsoring at least the No. 78 for a full season in 2010!

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Meijer 300 at Kentucky

Finally, someone has Kyle Busch’s number. And it’s his teammate. Running his first Nationwide Series race since an incident that saw him knock Busch from the lead at Dover with two laps to go, Joey Logano beat his teammate without the chrome horn on Saturday…and took the checkers for his trouble. On a late restart on lap 189, Logano engineered the best restart anyone not driving the No. 18 car had all night, lining up directly on Busch’s bumper and capitalizing, taking the lead on lap 191 when Rowdy got loose in turn 2 and moved up the race track. From there, Logano drove off into the sunset, scoring his second Nationwide Series victory of the season and second consecutive at Kentucky Speedway on the anniversary weekend of his first major NASCAR victory one year ago.

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 CARQUEST 300 at Charlotte

A Nationwide Series regular went to Victory Lane for the first time in 2009. It only took a lucky caution…and a lot of help from Mother Nature…to finally make it happen. The only car left on the lead lap waiting to pit before green flag pit stops cycled through, Mike Bliss got a lucky break that instantly absolved all the bad luck his Phoenix Racing team has endured this season on Lap 153, when Kevin Hamlin’s contact with the turn 4 wall brought out a yellow that trapped literally the entire field (sans lucky dog Brendan Gaughan) at least one lap behind his No. 1 car. Restarting in traffic behind the 11 cars that started in front of him on the tail end of the lead lap, Bliss methodically worked through traffic and kept out of trouble until rain started falling on the track at Lap 170. Though NASCAR and track crews worked feverishly to prepare the track, the jet dryers reported having lost the track, and Bliss ended up in Victory Lane.

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NASCAR News for Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Farmers Insurance to sponsor No. 28 at Fontana Yates Racing announced on Tuesday that Farmers Insurance Group will be the primary sponsor on the No. 28 Ford Fusion driven by Travis Kvapil this week at Auto Club Speedway for the Auto Club 500. “It’s another great opportunity for the No. …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2008 Camping World RV Sales 200 at Loudon

*In a Nutshell:* The first companion race for the Nationwide Series since Dover was a trip back to reality for Nationwide Series fans, as Cup regulars ran roughshod over the field. Cup drivers scored the first seven finishing positions and eight of the Top 10 spots Saturday, with Tony Stewart scoring a relatively easy win at New Hampshire. Stewart took the lead for good on Lap 136 after Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch, and Carl Edwards had shared the top spot for much of the early part of the race. In the end, Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas wound up the class of the field, with Stewart and Kyle Busch (who finished third) combining to lead 138 of 200 laps. Behind them, Greg Biffle wrecked late in the event after starting from the pole but losing the handle on his car in the second half of the race. Mike Bliss was the top finisher of the Nationwide Series regulars, joined only by Brad Keselowski in the Top 10. Between them, Clint Bowyer fell back late and finished ninth, maintaining the series points lead over David Reutimann. Reutimann moved into second, 182 points back, with Brad Keselowski dropping to fourth in the championship standings; however, Keselowski remains the lead Nationwide Series regular in the title chase.

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2008 Camping World RV Rental 250 at Milwaukee

*In a Nutshell:* Brad Keselowski had the field at Milwaukee covered on Saturday night, leading 145 of the first 171 laps run. That all changed, however, when young phenom Joey Logano slammed into Keselowski in a turn while battling for the lead, caving in the left front fender on Keselowski’s No. 88 Chevrolet. The damage took the handling, and a shot at the win, away from the No. 88. Logano, however, couldn’t hold off a hard-charging Carl Edwards, who bumped Clint Bowyer for the lead late and broke through to score his first Nationwide Series win since Nashville in 2007 in his debut with new crew chief Drew Blickensderfer.

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2008 Corona Mexico 200 at Mexico City

*In a Nutshell:* The stage was set for Scott Pruett to avenge his crushing loss in this race last year. With Brad Parrott on the pit box and driving Juan Montoya's race winning car from 2007, Pruett was the class of the field. Pruett and the No. 40 team built a commanding lead and were in position to win the race. A late race caution, however, erased Pruett's lead and put Kyle Busch and the No. 20 on his tail. Pruett held off Busch for a while, but used up his tires in the process, leaving Busch to score his third consecutive Nationwide Series win and first ever NASCAR win on a road course. Busch was celebratory in victory lane, but he refused again to answer whether he has decided to run for the Nationwide Series title, stating that the decision to run Nationwide races would continue to be made on a race by race basis. “We're not ready to let that one out of the bag” said Busch. Busch remained third in the points after the race, but moved within 66 points of Clint Bowyer, who kept his points lead with a sixth place finish. Carl Edwards finished third in the race and now trails Bowyer by only nine points in the series standings.

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Ten Points to Ponder… After the 2008 Corona Mexico 200 at Mexico City

*1. Now We're Talking...Real Fascists!* - Formula 1 racing is embroiled in a nasty and controversial sex scandal and some within the organization are asking for the removal of its president, Max Mosley. Mosley has been accused (complete with video) of engaging in a kinky XXX Nazi-role playing session with five prostitutes. Mosley and the paid performers were play-acting, he as a Nazi soldier and the prostitutes as Jewish women in a Nazi concentration camp. The 68-year old Mosley's father was a well-known political figure in pre-war Britain and was a leader of the British Union of Fascists. In fact, Mosley's parents were married at Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels' home in Berlin, with Adolph Hitler in attendance as a guest of honor. During his University years attending Christ Church at Oxford University in the early-60's, Mosley, a physics student, was Secretary of the Oxford Union and his campaign slogan, in support of his father who wished to speak at the Union was, “Free speech for fascists.” Now really...is NASCAR head Brian France all that bad?

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