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NASCAR News for Friday, August 21, 2009

Bristol Holding Legends Race Again In 2010 Following the success of the 2009 legends race won by Sterling Marlin at Bristol Motor Speedway, the track will once again be holding the event to allow fans a chance to see past stars duke it out on the famed speedway. The 2010 …

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Frontstretch Fantasy Insider: Taming the Lady in Black

_There aren’t many places where every driver, not just the rookies, is told “race the track, not the pack.” But that’s the only means of survival at Darlington Raceway, a unique combination of rim-riding and abrasive asphalt that’s among the most grueling 500 milers on the Sprint Cup circuit. The track itself may be Too Tough To Tame, but fantasy racing this egg-shaped circuit is no problem for the Frontstretch Fantasy Insiders. Read on to find out which drivers have the inside track to surviving the difficult track conditions they'll face on Saturday night._

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The Joys of Watching NASCAR’s Wayback Machine

Ah, the good old days. You know, when things were better. I’m not even talking about the wayback machine. Sometimes the good old days are as recent as last year, before we handed billions of dollars to greedy bank executives. More importantly, I’m speaking of those thoughts that bring a smile to our faces and make the present minute a little more tolerable. On Saturday night, Bristol Motor Speedway held a little extra something for race fans across the nation.

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2008 Driver Review: Sterling Marlin

*2008 Ride:* No. 09 James Finch Racing Chevrolet (7 Races) No. 40 Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge (2 Races) *2008 Primary Sponsors:* Miccosukee Gaming & Resorts (No. 09) Wii Fit (No. 40) *2008 Owners:* James Finch (No. 09), Chip Ganassi / Felix Sabates (No. 40) *2008 Crew Chiefs:* Marc Reno (No. 09), Steve Lane (No. 40) *Stats:* 9 Races, 0 Wins, 0 Top 5s, 0 Top 10s, 3 DNQs, 51st in points. *Best Finish:* 22nd – Talladega (April). *High Point:* After being unceremoniously released from the No. 40 ride in favor of a younger David Stremme at the end of 2005, it had to feel good for Marlin to be asked back by a desperate owner Chip Ganassi three years later – even if only for a few races.

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Out With The Old, In With The Who?

For so many millions of us, favorite athletes become so much more. Role models for our kids, our communities, ourselves; they’re put on a pedestal of success we can only wish to achieve. Through them, we choose to live our wildest dreams, placed in a fantasy world in which a larger-than-life persona can show us the joys of perfection. Every once in awhile, we get lucky in love, and the dream never dies. Our idols leave the sport we love at the top of their game, and we’re allowed to remember the end just the way we want it – like a fairy tale. But more often, the bubble bursts and we find out the truth – that these drivers we worship are human, too, unable to fend off the inevitability of age and time. And that makes it so much harder when you see their careers come crashing down.

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Drought Busters: Who’s Gone The Longest Without A Trip To Victory Lane?

Over the last couple of years Dale Earnhardt Jr. suffered his own version of an epic drought, as NASCAR’s most famous son hadn’t won a race for more than two whole seasons. While Earnhardt finally got his win — a fuel mileage triumph at Michigan on June 15th — the streak lasted for a stretch of some 76 races, or 404 days for those so mathematically inclined. It’s fair to say the "Dale Jr. Drought" did not have the financial and societal effects of the Dust Bowl, but for those caught up in both — the workers so graphically depicted in Steinbeck’s tome and Junior Nation — it must have felt, for a while at least, as if it was never going to end. But end both did; and surprisingly enough, in each case the world continued to revolve safely on its axis.

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Running Their Mouth: 2008 Dodge Challenger 500 at Darlington

Each week, we’ll go through media reports, interviews, PR, and all our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Sprint Cup race, capturing the story of how the weekend unfolded. It’s the most original commentary you’ll ever find: the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of the drivers, crew members, and the car owners themselves. This week, here’s a sneak peek at what a select few were thinking following the Dodge Challenger 500 at Darlington Raceway.

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Mirror Driving: Mexico’s Blown Save, Jon Wood… Savior? And Saving Excitement At Talladega

The Sprint Cup Series was idle this week while the Nationwide Series teams went to Mexico City. Given the huge cost of the trip, should it be the other way around? Is it time for the Cup Series to have a race out of the country?

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2008 Pepsi 300 at Nashville

The last 60 laps then saw Scott Wimmer slowly run down Clint Bowyer, finally making the pass for the lead with 21 laps to go. Wimmer, along with the rest of the race leaders, drove "with an egg under the throttle," saving fuel to the finish to lock up the win for the No. 29 Chevrolet. Wimmer's victory was the first for a Nationwide Series regular this season (albeit a part-time participant; Wimmer shares this ride with Cup Series veteran Jeff Burton). It was also the Wisconsin driver's first triumph since July of 2003 at Pikes Peak, as well as his first since aligning with Richard Childress Racing following the 2006 season.

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