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Tech Talk: Alan Gustafson Takes The New Car, And Jeff Gordon Back To The Desert

_Phoenix International Raceway has been a challenging place for Jeff Gordon during his 20-year career. It was where he was able to break through and end a winless drought nearly two years in the making, back in 2011 and where he scored win No. 76, tying Dale Earnhardt in career victories in 2007. Now, the track will pose a different type of challenge for Gordon and others, hosting the first race for the new Generation-6 Cup car with an unrestricted engine. The series heads to the desert Southwest with so many unanswered questions surrounding how the new chassis will handle on those types of speedways. Frontstretch got a few minutes with Alan Gustafson, Gordon's crew chief to talk about the challenges faced by teams heading into the race, along with a quick look back at Daytona._

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PASS South Brings Unique History In Return To Dillon For SC Clash

It doesn’t seem all that long ago racers and fans around the Southeast were talking about a new tour that would soon be contesting races around the region. During the winter of 2005-2006, the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South was born and Super Late Model racers around the country …

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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Announces Exclusive Partnership With Hoosier Tire

Officials of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series are excited to announce an exclusive partnership with Hoosier Tire as the “Official” Race Tire for the series and a new tire rule implemented for all series sanctioned events in 2013. The new agreement with Hoosier Tire will reduce the amount …

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MSD Performance fires up USMTS drivers with new contingency program

MSD Performance of El Paso, Texas, will be a contingency sponsor throughout the 2013 season with the United States Modified Touring Series, officials announced today. As part of their first-time program with the USMTS, MSD will be posting over $5,000 in certificate awards for using an MSD Ignition Control in …

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Side By Side: Is There a Place in NASCAR for Plates?

_Welcome back to Side By Side. There are always two sides to every story, and we're going to bring them both, right here, every week. Two of our staff writers will face off on an important racing question... feel free to tell us what you think in the weekly poll and also in the comments section below!_ *This Week's Question: In the wake of Saturday's fan injuries and ongoing complaints about the racing, is it time for NASCAR to reassess whether restrictor plate racing still belongs in the sport?*

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Beyond the Cockpit: David Donohue

_For 45-year old Pennsylvanian David Donohue, his career is at a crossroads. After driving full-time in the Rolex Sports Car Series every year since 2003, Donohue came into the 2013 season without a full-time ride after deciding to leave Action Express Racing at the end of 2012. For Daytona, he signed on to drive the No. 16 Porsche Cayman in the new GX-class for Napleton Racing, a team that normally fields cars in Pirelli World Challenge. Napleton Racing also runs the Cayman Interseries, a spec series where teams buy race-prepped cars with directly from Napleton Porsche and race them on various courses with throwback paint schemes._ _After a special Champions' photo-op in Gatorade Victory Lane at Daytona, Frontstretch's own Phil Allaway caught up with the veteran driver._

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Top Ten Ways To Celebrate A Daytona 500 Victory: The Jimmie Johnson Edition

*10.* Wear a multi-colored wig in Victory Lane –oh, wait, already did that. *9.* Surf on a golf cart--no, damn it, did that, too. *8.* Surf on the hauler—what do you mean 'oh, hell, no, not after the golf cart incident?!' *7.* Do lots of donuts—what do you mean, 'Jimmie, don't tear up the car?!' Um, oops…

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Side by Side -NOT THIS ONE!!!!!

Let me give a disclaimer here at the beginning by saying that I really am saddened by the devastating crash last Saturday and I hate that it happened at all. I also think NASCAR should continuously look at how to make racing at restrictor plate races safer for both fans …

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Trivia Questions and Answers for February 25-March 1, 2013

by Phil Allaway *February 25 Q:* In February 1995, Phoenix International Raceway hosted the first-ever points race for the Truck Series, an 80-lap race run as part of the Skoal Bandit Copper World Classic. However, there was an early multi-truck crash in Turn 4. What happened here? *February 25 A:* …

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Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in NASCAR: Daytona/Phoenix Edition

Now that the checkered flag has flown over an eventful final weekend at the “World Center of Racing,” the Sprint Cup Series season is finally kicking into high gear. Jimmie Johnson finds himself in a familiar position atop the standings after Race 1 of 36, leading NASCAR’s premier drivers westward towards the desert oasis of Phoenix International Raceway. While defending champion Brad Keselowski managed to maintain the blistering pace, other perennial favorites must now pick up the pieces after faltering early. Here’s the rundown on where they presently stand in this post-Daytona 500 edition of Who’s Hot and Who’s Not.

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