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Beyond the Cockpit: Johnny Sauter on Tackling the Truck Series, the Economy & Video Games?

Johnny Sauter has been batted around like a pinball through NASCAR’s Cup and Nationwide Series the last two years. After giving Cup a second chance with Haas CNC Racing in 2007, a season of promise in the No. 70 Chevrolet turned into a season-ending release, and Sauter spent most of 2008 jumping around from ride …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: 2 Heroes & Their Enduring Legend NASCAR’s Finest

Racing, like other sports, is built on heroes. Most of NASCAR’s heroes are the men and women who, over the years, pulled on their colorful, if not dashing firesuits, climbed into a snarling beast of a machine, and drove straight into the sunset (and back out, as they came off the next turn). They court danger and flirt with mayhem, run with the stuff of dreams. Yes, racecar drivers are the stuff of legend. But not all heroes drive the cars. Some make the cars go fast instead.

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2009 Shelby 427 at Las Vegas

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? How about former champion and fan favorite Bobby Labonte? Labonte looked like he might be able to challenge for a win before a pit-stop shuffle relegated him to racing for fifth place instead. If this is a preview of coming attractions for the No. 96, Labonte could be …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2009 Auto Club 500 at Fontana

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? How about California native Jeff Gordon, who showed that he hasn’t lost a step despite going winless in 2008? Gordon was a presence at the front all night long and drove it like he’d stolen it in the closing laps. The tires gave out before the driver gave …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: This is NASCAR, Not a Bazaar

With Daytona’s convoluted qualifying procedures, it’s easy to overlook things while just trying to figure out how the heck they set the field this year. What is with setting the Duels by owner points and then qualifying speed, anyway? Was it actually necessary? But there is one insidious little thing that has been happening in …

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