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Dedicated Safety Teams : The Debate Continues

For a good five years now, the debate has gone on about NASCAR safety and medical workers. With wrecks and mechanical failures forever ingrained in the culture of the sport, having a solid medical staff in place is necessary in order to ensure the safety of all competitiors. But, what type of medical crew would best serve the drivers: a crew specific to each particular track, or a group that travels with NASCAR to every race? While NASCAR currently adheres to the former, support seems to be gathering for the latter; whether that debate will ever reach a resolution seems to be a whole other matter altogether. Read More »

Blaney Wins in Bizarre Busch Race Finish

Bizarre hardly seems like the right word to describe the ending of the Dollar General 300 Busch Series race at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Heading into the last quarter of the race, that was hardly the case; the Roush Racing Fords of Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards were holding station at the front, and it looked like Edwards would cruise to the win. Then, everything went Friday the 13th. Read More »

Carl Edwards Grabs Busch Series Pole

He may not be able to catch Kevin Harvick for the championship, but Carl Edwards can still win races and poles and he did just that for the Dollar General 300 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Edwards posted a fast speed of 186.245 mph to win the Busch Pole Award. Teammate Matt Kenseth took the outside front row position with a fast lap of 186.181 mph. J.J. Yeley, Mike Skinner, and Casey Mears complete the top five starters. Read More »

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Tops the Field In Final Practice

Ray Evernham's cars have been at the top of the time sheets all weekend, but someone else finally broke in on their domination as Dale Earnhardt, Jr. posted the fastest lap at 183.943 mph in Nextel Cup Series final practice. Kyle Busch repeated his second place result from the first session with Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne, and Jimmie Johnson rounding out the five fastest cars. Read More »

Kahne Tops In Second Practice

Scott Riggs might have stolen his teammate's thunder with his pole winning run, but Kahne retook his spot atop the field by posting the fastest lap at 183.586 mph in the second Nextel Cup Series practice session. Kyle Busch was second fastest, followed by Robby Gordon, Clint Bowyer, and Jimmie Johnson to round out the top five. Read More »

Riggs Nips Teammate Kahne for Bud Pole

Scott Riggs was probably the only guy Kasey Kahne worried about when it came to challengers for the Bud Pole Thursday night. It turns out he was right to be concerned. Kahne was sitting comfortably at the head of the field for most of the qualifying session until his Ray Evernham Racing teammate came out late in the going and blew his fast lap right off the board. Read More »

Kahne Stakes Out Top Spot in Busch Series Too

Kasey Kahne is really good on tracks configured like Lowe's Motor Speedway and he drove that point home by posting the fastest time in the opening Busch Series practice session to match his performance on the Cup side of the fence. Kahne set fast time with a lap of 184.055 mph in the No. 9 Wisk Dodge and was the only driver to break the 184 mph mark. Jimmie Johnson posted the second fastest lap at 183.511 mph while Jeff Burton, Dave Blaney, and Regan Smith rounded out the top five fastest. Smith's fifth place time in the No. 35 McDonald's Ford is best among Busch Series regulars so far. Read More »

Evernham Teams Invade Johnson’s House

The first practice session for Nextel Cup Series teams has just ended and the three teams of Ray Evernham have planted themselves firmly at the top of the speed charts. Kasey Kahne was fastest in the No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge with a speed of 187.279 mph on a track where many expected he would do well and perhaps have a shot to pull back into Chase competition. Teammate Scott Riggs posted the second fastest speed at 187.266 mph. They were the only two drivers over 187 mph. Kurt Busch was the only driver to break the Evernham stranglehold on the top spots, slotting in to third while Elliott Sadler in the third Evernham Dodge was fourth fastest and Mark Martin rounded out the top five. Read More »