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Thompson in Turn 5: Old Controversies, the No. 8 & Aric Almirola are Shelved

On Wednesday, it was reported that the No. 8 Chevrolet team of Earnhardt Ganassi Racing will be scuttled immediately, removing themselves off the entry list for the Subway Fresh Fit 500k at Phoenix International Raceway next Saturday night. And with the news everyone has expected for days now becoming official, two separate issues that had …

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Thompson in Turn 5: Potential Loss of GM & Dodge Will Force NASCAR to Make Difficult Decisions

The drumbeat to the demise of American automakers General Motors and Chrysler is becoming increasingly louder in recent days, as both manufacturers appear certain to either cease to exist or file for bankruptcy to seek temporary protection through the courts as they attempt to reorganize their failing businesses. Curiously, NASCAR remains silent as to what …

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Thompson in Turn 5: Clint Bowyer Still Flying Under the Radar

Clint Bowyer, the pride of Emporia, Kan., was on virtually nobody’s preseason list of “drivers most likely to win the 2009 Sprint Cup championship.” But five weeks into the season, the top-performing driver with RCR – on its newest team, no less – finds himself as one of the top contenders in this year’s points …

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Thompson in Turn 5: Bruton Smith Dissin’ on South Florida, Homestead-Miami Speedway & President Obama

Speedway Motorsports Inc. President and CEO Bruton Smith seems to have adopted the “best defense is a good offense” philosophy last Friday while entertaining reporters at his Atlanta Motor Speedway. Smith, undoubtedly aware that the upcoming Sprint Cup race at the Hampton, Ga. 1.5-mile motorsports facility would be embarrassingly under-attended, instead took shots at southern …

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Thompson in Turn 5: Kevin Harvick Came Close to Catching “The Turtle” – & Should Be Commended For It

Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil team’s record-setting streak of 81 races without a DNF ended in Fontana, Calif. last Sunday. It was a tough pill to swallow for Harvick and his Richard Childress Racing crew, who had finished every Sprint Cup event since Dover in Sept. 2006. After an engine failure got the …

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Thompson in Turn 5: Fontana Lacks 1 Thing That Darlington Has

When NASCAR resumed racing in southern California in 1997 after previous failed attempts at gaining a foothold for the sport at Riverside and Ontario, the decision seemed at best ill-advised and at worst foolhardy to a large number of longtime and loyal NASCAR fans. However, when in 2004 a second date was awarded to the …

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Thompson in Turn 5: For Michael Waltrip, Due Respect

NASCAR’s resident funny-man, corporate promoter extraordinaire and one of three owner/drivers in the Sprint Cup Series is geared-up and offering his opinions on most anything NASCAR, although that is not so unusual. Topping the list of issues that the 45-year old Waltrip, now in his third season as a team owner, expounded upon this week …

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Thompson in Turn 5: Good NASCAR Racing a Cure for the Economic Blues

Editor’s Note: Enjoy Frontstretch Columnist Tommy Thompson on a new day this year… starting today, his popular Turn 5 column moves to Thursdays each week in 2009. Well, the call-to-arms has been sounded by our Editor-in-Chief to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and begin the business of big-time NASCAR journalism again… or something to …

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2009 Season Preview: Can Anyone Keep Jimmie Johnson From Making History?

Editor’s Note: After another long offseason, NASCAR is set to return to our lives with the 31st Annual Bud Shootout this Saturday! That means it’s time to get the blood racing and your mind fixated on another year of our sport. Monday, Feb. 2 marks the last of our six-part season preview. If you missed …

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2009 Season Preview: Will NASCAR’s Big 4 Be Stopped?

After another long offseason, NASCAR is set to return to our lives with the 31st Annual Bud Shootout in less than two weeks! That means it’s time to get the blood racing and your mind fixated on another year of our sport. This week, we’ll get you thinking on six big questions facing NASCAR this …

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