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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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Five Points to Ponder: Drive For Five Alive, NHMS>AMS, And Earnhardt’s Thrill Over For the No. 3?

*ONE: The No. 48 Team Is Back… Like It Was Ever Gone* The only rival to the amount of ink wasted on Danica Patrick this past weekend proved to be the plethora of columns out there professing that Jimmie Johnson’s luck had simply run out, that this was the year the streak would finally end. So much for that. Back-to-back wins over the last two weeks have made 2010 suddenly look a lot like 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006… you know how that story goes.

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Five Points to Ponder: Tasmanian Gift Horses, Another Gordon’s Monster Effort, And Corked Wine For JGR

After a snooze-fest of a race in Michigan for everyone but the Denny Hamlin fans, it was great to see something completely different this weekend, as the Sprint Cup circuit swept through wine country and the 11-turn, 1.99 mile-long road course of Infineon Raceway. Whether you’re a fan of this form of racing or not – and I realize there are plenty that aren’t – only a complete curmudgeon would deny that Sunday’s 110-lapper was, for the most part, riveting to watch. Some of this, of course, is the preponderance of drivers not normally associated with top-5’s and top-10’s running at the head of the pack, which is precisely where I’m going to start this week’s edition of Five Points to Ponder.

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5 Points to Ponder: Hendrick Expanding His Reach?, Toyota’s Gone Jimmie, And Red Bull Gone Wrong

*ONE: Who You Didn't See This Weekend* Saturday night's Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway marked the second week of that tour's standalone summer stretch and, not surprisingly, the second such race won by a Cup Series regular. And while ESPN's telecast did pretty well to keep side-by-side action on the screen, showing more than Joey Logano while he laid waste to the field for much of the event, there were a _lot_ of Nationwide Series regulars that in the span of three hours didn't have their cars featured on TV.

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Five Points to Ponder: All About Logano, Delana and Jessica Simpson, and Bigger is Better

*ONE: Kentucky Speedway Already Has a Cup Race* It just happens to be a Nationwide Series race. But as this weekend's 300-miler at Nashville Superspeedway shows, even when there's only a handful of Cup regulars instead of 12-15, they're still going to dominate the event. Just look at this weekend; Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards, and Paul Menard were 1-2-3. Now, all three of them will be back in the field this Saturday night... plus Joey Logano in one of JGR's vaunted Toyotas.

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Five Points to Ponder: All That’s Right & Wrong, Kurt’s the Bigger Busch, and Chad’s Unhappy

*ONE: Which Busch brother is the greater title threat?* The brothers Busch each put on impressive shows throughout the season's longest race Sunday, with Kurt scoring a dominating win while Kyle recovered to finish third after he suffered damage in a pit road collision with Brad Keselowski. Both now have two wins on the year and sit comfortably in the top 10 in points. While the media continues to harp on “the new Kyle Busch,” both that he, in fact, exists and that he is becoming the driver to beat in 2010 (Don't believe me? Check out NASCAR Now on ESPN... Kyle Busch was the lead story over his brother actually winning the 600), Kurt's performance over the past two weekends in Charlotte serve as ample notice to the rest of the field he may well be the most serious title contender he has been since leaving the Roush camp after 2005.

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5 Points to Ponder: Move the All-Star Race, Same Old Kyle, and Sponsafy Waltrip?

*ONE: It's time for the All-Star Race to move* Yes, Charlotte is the home of NASCAR. It's in the backyard of 90% of the teams that compete in the All-Star Race, and has hosted the event for over two decades. But as Saturday night showed once again, short of the 10-lap trophy dash, the racing is leaving a lot to be desired at Charlotte Motor Speedway these days. Between the rock hard tires, the still ridiculously smooth racing surface, and the blocky COT cars, passing was at an absolute premium for much of Saturday night, with side-by-side racing even more so.

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