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5 Points To Ponder

5 Points: S&P, Out of Business? Too Little Too Late For Boris, and ARCA Favorite?

*ONE: For Boris Said, This Win Was Too Little, Too Late* It was truly a feel-good story. Journeyman Boris Said, the road course tutor of over half the Sprint Cup Series field, scored his first Nationwide Series victory on Sunday in a photo finish with accomplished road ringer Max Papis. The win also marked a triumphant return for Scott Zipadelli to the pit box, a huge triumph for a RAB Racing team struggling to stay on the track.

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Five Points to Ponder: Kyle’s Still Vulnerable, ESPN’s One-Trick Pony, and Nationwide’s Erosion

Life is good for Kyle Busch right now. Leaving Bristol, he not only scored a Truck Series victory in his own equipment, got the better of Brad Keselowski battling for the win, and dominated the 500-lap night race, he became the first driver to win all three national touring series races in the same weekend. It's an accomplishment that, if the media is any indication, trumps just about anything ever done in stock car racing -- never mind the fact this feat has only been possible since 1995, and only a handful of drivers talented enough to pull it off actually care enough to run tons of minor league races when battling for a Cup.

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Five Points to Ponder: Martin’s Misery, All Hail ARCA, And The Entitlement Of Joey, Kyle, And Denny

*ONE: No Worries, Kurt Busch Will Make the Chase* Yes, it has been the coldest stretch in recent memory for the driver of the blue deuce. Two DNFs in his last three races, an average finish of 22.2 over the last five, and no wins since Charlotte back in the Spring have dropped the No. 2 team from fourth to tenth in points. That's led to talk, in particular during Sunday's broadcast, of momentum headed the wrong way for Penske Racing's lone title-contending driver as the Chase approaches.

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Five Points to Ponder: The Cup Series We Know So Well… Stupidity And Mistakes Repeating Themselves

*ONE: Should Kevin Conway’s Ride Be in Jeopardy?* On the stats sheet, it’s hardly been a stellar rookie campaign for Kevin Conway. Through 21 starts thus far in 2010, only four have resulted in top-30 finishes, and he's ended races on the lead lap just three times: the two road courses and a 14th-place run at Daytona. Front Row Motorsports has had to make owner points swaps on a number of occasions to ensure that Conway, the slowest qualifier nearly every weekend, and his valuable Extenze sponsorship take the green flag on Sundays. And the freshman’s first return visit to a track (Pocono) yielded only minimal improvement; Conway finished 35th in his first start on the tricky triangle, then 31st upon his return.

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Five Points to Ponder: Poor Judgment by NASCAR Vets, More Money, Mo Problems, And NASCAR Ain’t the NBA

*ONE: Richard Childress Racing Poised to Make the Same Mistakes Twice* There is no getting around several facts involving Richard Childress Racing. 1.) Since cutting down to three Sprint Cup cars, all three drivers have run considerably better throughout 2010. Debate causality until the cows come home, the three-car RCR operation is now leading the Cup standings and poised to give J.J. a run for his money come Fall with Kevin Harvick, Jeff Burton, and possibly even Clint Bowyer.

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Five Points to Ponder: Censorship Gone Wild, Carl & Kyle Sitting In A Tree, More

*ONE: Almirola the Right Move for JR Motorsports* Aric Almirola's third-place finish in his debut race with JR Motorsports this weekend could hardly be considered a surprise. A veteran of scores of starts across the Nationwide and Cup Series, as well as a title contender in the Truck ranks this season, he's picking up wins and respect with his current full-time ride over at Billy Ballew Motorsports. Now straddling the line between young gun and experienced vet, it's that exact reason he's the driver JRM should be looking to sign to the No. 88 for 2011.

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Newsletter: Sixth Point to Ponder

SIX: A Daytona Season Finale Was A Good Idea…Until Now Go figure. I’ve been hoping and praying for a season finale race at Daytona since the first season finale race I watched at Homestead, and this is the year that the notion gets even an once of consideration as a …

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Five Points to Ponder: The Time Is Now For 2011 Rules, Paying Back Cousin Carl, And More

*ONE: NASCAR Needs to Make Nationwide Series Rules Now* After seeing Carl Edwards, Brad Keselowski, and Kevin Harvick dominate yet another weekend that was supposed to highlight the Nationwide Series and its own regulars, "SceneDaily.com has again brought to our attention":http://www.scenedaily.com/news/articles/nationwideseries/NASCAR_looking_at_ways_to_limit_Cup_drivers_in_Nationwide_Series_bring_more_exposure_to_series_regulars.html remarks made by Brian France that NASCAR is exploring means to discourage what has, for years, been a case of Cup Series superiority in the sanctioning body's AAA division. Options apparently on the table include cutting points and money for Cup drivers in the field, limiting the number of starts a Cup full-timer can make, and taking measures to ensure they cannot win the Nationwide title - as has been the case since Kevin Harvick annihilated the competition to jumpstart this mess four years ago.

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Five Points to Ponder: Sadler’s Time Has Passed, NASCAR’s Nationwide Inconsistency, and One Talented Grandson

*ONE: Being Sponsor Savvy No Longer Enough for Elliott Sadler?* Sitting 27th in the points, Elliott Sadler is sitting fourth of four teams in the Richard Petty Motorsports stable. And while teammates A.J. Allmendinger and Paul Menard are also outside the top 20 in the standings, it's the way Sadler has limped to 27th that truly has the Virginia veteran the backmarker of the RPM fleet. He has no top-10 finishes, just four top 20s in 19 starts, and has been hardly competitive thus far in 2010 at any track sans Daytona.

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Five Points to Ponder: Hands off Daytona, Musings of NASCAR’s Village Idiot, and One Missing Mustang

*ONE: Daytona's Repave Is Not Warranted... and the Racing Will Suffer* For all the nostalgia drummed up with the return of the No. 3 to Daytona International Speedway on Friday night, there was just as much focus turned towards the 30+-year old surface of the high-banked facility that has seen some of the sport's greatest moments and darkest hours transpire upon it. Just as Dale Jr. adamantly stated he would never again race the No. 3, NASCAR's national touring series will never again take to the gritty, slippery surface that has characterized Daytona as the ultimate handling track, with a repaving project to completely redo the 2.5-mile oval finished in time for the Daytona 500 next February.

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