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Did You Notice? … A Wide Open Race, Ownership Issues And A Newcomer’s Impact

*Did You Notice?...* In the midst of Danica-mania, the most important point to be made about this year’s Daytona 500 is that there is no absolute favorite? Entering Speedweeks, I thought Hendrick Motorsports was poised to dominate; to an extent, they’ve flexed some muscle by putting five of their engines within the top six (only Trevor Bayne, third-quickest in the Wood Brothers Ford broke them up.) But Saturday night’s Sprint Unlimited showcased some cracks in the armor. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s engine ran sour during the final segment, Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon were swept up in an early wreck, and Kasey Kahne, not known as a plate specialist, was underwhelming at best. (Maybe he was focused on the half-marathon instead?)

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Tech Talk: Slugger Labbe Breaks Down Prepping For The Daytona 500

_The Daytona 500 will start off the NASCAR points race season this Sunday, and the cars from the Richard Childress Racing stable are heading into the event feeling rather confident after one of their own, Kevin Harvick, scored the first win of the season in the Sprint Unlimited. Sitting on the pit box for Paul Menard this Sunday will be Slugger Labbe. The veteran crew chief from Saco, Maine has been in Daytona’s Victory Lane before as a crew chief with Michael Waltrip; now, he's looking to repeat the feat and bring his driver a maiden plate race triumph. Tuesday morning, he gave Frontstretch his views on how things have unfolded so far in Speedweeks, along with a little insight into the Battle at the Beach._

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Beyond The Cockpit: Gaughan Full Circle At Last

November 14, 2003. There are fewer than 40 laps to go in the then-Craftsman Truck Series season, and, as often seems to be the case in that series, several drivers are still in contention for the season title. But it's sophomore driver Brendan Gaughan in control of the points as the laps wind down, leaving Travis Kvapil, Ted Musgrave, and Jack Sprague to try to be in position to capitalize on any mistake Gaughan might make, or to fight it out for second place. Gaughan, the 2002 Rookie of the Year, is already doing something the naysayers said was impossible — competing for the title with a family-owned, West Coast-based team. There are less than 40 laps left before he proves them wrong.

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Side By Side: Was Terry Labonte Out Of Line In The Sprint Unlimited?

*This Week's Question: Should Terry Labonte, or other drivers, be penalized for start-and-parking in a non-points race?* _Who's right? You decide!_ Tom Bowles, Editor-In-Chief: Texas Terry Took The Fan Base For A Ride... And Should Pay The Price What’s the best way to make $15,700 a minute? The answer, I found out Saturday night is simple: qualify for a sport’s All-Star event, make the equivalent of a token appearance and then quit, fleecing the very people who came to see you compete.

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Josh Richards Two-For-Two In DIRTcar UMP Super Late Model Action During UNOH DIRTcar Nationals By Summit

_Red-Hot West Virginian Rolls Forward From 11th Starting Spot To Capture Tuesday’s $7,000 Top Prize_ There appears to be no stopping Josh Richards during the 42nd UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment. With another spectacular charge forward – this time from the 11th starting spot – Richards captured …

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Tweet N Greet

@KyleLarsonRacin: I honestly feel bad but I’m here to win. I’m a racer and won’t settle for anything less. @CEFalk40: Great job by the #40 team for an awesome race car. I love the bump and run, not the Bump, bump, drive through your LR tire and run. @StenhouseJr (Ricky …

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Top News 2/19/13

Hillman Racing Returns, Pairs Up With Agnew One of last year’s start-and-park Truck teams is getting a facelift for 2013. Hillman Racing, who resorted to the practice when former driver Jeb Burton ran out of cash, is partnering up with Team 7 and driver Jeff Agnew for 2013. The 47-year-old, …

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Don’t Miss LIVE Late Model and Big-Block Modified Coverage from the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit

WATCH LIVE AT DIRTVISION.COM. Off season is officially in the past, and after eight days are in the books, the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series and DIRTcar UMP Modifieds have vacated Volusia Speedway Park to welcome in the UMP and World of Outlaws Late Models and the Super …

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Marc’s NL Commentary

I’m asked often why I like NASCAR. I get questions like “Do they ever take right turns?”, and the less simple “How can you call it a sport? They’re just driving!” Here in the Northeast, motorsports doesn’t quite seem to have the foothold on popularity as it does elsewhere. Maybe …

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