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Ten Points To Ponder… After the 2008 Sylvania 300 at Loudon

*Oh... Godfather* - Almost apologetically, mega-team owner Jack Roush blamed the move towards expansion on Hendrick Motorsports, citing the assistance / collaboration between HMS and Joe Gibbs Racing when JGR entered NASCAR in 1991. Roush also explained that the bigger a team is, the better it is because of what he terms “economics of scale.” "And as owners want to retire from this sport, it's not straightforward how you get out of this business -- it's like the mafia in a way," Roush said. "The only way you can get out is in a pine box. So, for us to have affiliations that allow us to have economics of scale, once Hendrick started it, he put the rest of us in a reactionary mode."

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Tracking the Trucks: 2008 Camping World RV Sales 200 at Loudon

*In a Nutshell:* Ron Hornaday, Jr. took the checkered flag 0.960 seconds ahead of Johnny Benson to win the Camping World RV Sales 200 Saturday afternoon at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The driver of the No. 33 Camping World Chevrolet held off a hard charging Benson in a three lap shootout to win his second consecutive race. Travis Kvapil, Erik Darnell and Rick Crawford rounded out the Top 5. *Who Should Have Won: Ron Hornaday, Jr.* Hornaday, Jr. started on the outside pole after qualifying was rained out and took the lead going into Turn 3. The driver of the No. 33 Chevrolet managed to avoid a spinning Timothy Peters and retake the lead with 25 laps to go and never looked back. Ron Hornaday, Jr. led 149 of the 200 laps run to score his fifth victory this season.

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Tearing Apart the Trucks: 2008 Bristol Breakdown and More

*In a Nutshell:* Kyle Busch took the checkered flag 0.386 seconds ahead of Todd Bodine to win the O'Reilly 200 presented by Camping World Wednesday night at Bristol Motor Speedway. Busch survived multiple late race restarts and a green-white-checkered finish to win at the World's Fastest Half-Mile. Scott Speed, Johnny Benson and Rick Crawford rounded out the Top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* Johnny Benson. Kyle Busch and Benson both had very strong trucks and were on different pit strategies. Kyle Busch pitted his No. 51 Miccosukee Resorts Tundra on lap 42 and remained on the track for the remainder of the night despite some teams complaining of blisters on their right front tires. Benson, who pitted on lap 104 in 2007 and went on to win that race, pitted on lap 118, and the large number of late race cautions prevented the driver of the No. 23 Toyota from catching the leader. Had Johnny Benson had more green flag laps, Kyle Busch would have had his hands full.

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Fanning the Flames: Cup Series Needs A 400-Meter Freestyle Relay Of Its Own

I find myself totally enraptured by this summer’s Games. No, NASCAR has not taken a back seat, but it is riding shotgun. And the best race I’ve seen since May occurred on Saturday evening — or Sunday morning I guess, depending on where you are and whether what you’re watching it taped-delayed or not. That Men’s 400-meter freestyle relay was freakin’ bad. I’m sure you’ve seen it by now, but the spike in blood pressure in the final 50 meters as Jason Lezak came back from certain defeat to beat Alain Bernard and his band of smack-talking, no-walking-the-walk, sissified Frenchies was the most entertainment I’d gotten out of a race — Truck races excluded — since Busch v. Junior at Richmond. Yeah, I know it sounds silly (believe me, for a guy who knows nothing about competitive swimming, it seems silly for me to even be typing this) but we could use a well-timed finish like that on the Cup circuit about now. The July Daytona race ended under caution, Chicago was, well, Chicago, Indy was a disaster, Pocono was looooooooong and Watkins Glen, while interesting, just didn’t have any true dramatic flare. Here’s to hoping Bristol, Richmond and the first Chase event in Loudon, races that comprise three of the next five, give us something to jump off the couch about because October — with Talladega, Lowe’s, Martinsville and Atlanta — seems a long way off.

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Tracking the Trucks: 2008 Toyota Tundra 200 at Nashville

*In a Nutshell:* Johnny Benson took the checkered flag 0.889 seconds ahead of Erik Darnell to win the Toyota Tundra 200 Saturday night at Nashville Superspeedway in Lebanon, TN. Benson held onto an extremely loose truck early in the race and led just three laps on his way to his third consecutive win this season. Todd Bodine, Jack Sprague, and Ron Hornaday, Jr. rounded out the Top 5. *Who Should Have Won: Todd Bodine.* Bodine started on the pole and held a 4.2 second lead over Stacy Compton just 30 laps into the race. Bodine went on to lead 74 laps before Stacy Compton took the top spot on lap 75. After losing the lead to Compton, Bodine's truck remained strong enough to run in the Top 5 for the majority of the night; he ended up taking third at the checkered flag, but looked to be far better than where he wound up at the finish.

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Tracking the Trucks: 2008 Cool City Customs 200 at Michigan

In a Nutshell: Erik Darnell took the checkered flag 0.005 seconds ahead of Johnny Benson to win the Cool City Customs 200 Saturday afternoon. Darnell survived a late race restart and a photo finish with Benson to score his first win since Kansas last April. Scott Speed narrowly beat Todd Bodine to finish third; Brendan Gaughan rounded out the top five.

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Tracking the Trucks: 2008 Ohio 250 at Mansfield

In a Nutshell: Donny Lia took the checkered flag 0.241 seconds ahead of David Starr to win the Ohio 250 at Mansfield Motorsports Park. Lia survived a last-lap three-wide battle with Starr and Todd Bodine to score his first career Craftsman Truck Series win Saturday afternoon. Terry Cook and Mike Skinner rounded out the top five.

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Tracking the Trucks: 2008 North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte

In a Nutshell: Matt Crafton took the checkered flag 0.184 seconds ahead of Chad McCumbee to win the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 Friday night at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Crafton survived a green-white-checkered finish to score his first career victory after a flurry of late cautions changed the complexion of the race. Brendan Gaughan, Erik Darnell, and Rick Crawford rounded out the top five finishers.

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2008 Diamond Hill Plywood 200 at Darlington

In a word: dominating. That’s how one could describe Tony Stewart’s run at Darlington in the Diamond Hill Plywood 200 Friday night. Stewart, who qualified third, led on three different occasions for a total of 90 laps to score the win. His fourth victory in the Nationwide Series this season, it also doubled as his first in any NASCAR division at the Lady in Black.

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