LiveBlogging Mayhem: Bristol Motor Speedway

Kyle Busch took no prisoners, burying the field and leading 378 laps on his way to his second win and third top-three finish in five races. Pole sitter Mark Martin, who needed a good day to avoid falling out of the top 35 in points, finished sixth, moving to 31st overall. Jeff Gordon finished fourth and will hold onto first place overall.22 Laps InFirst car, Sterling Marlin, goes a lap down. Now, things should get interseting, as slower traffic slows the leaders. Quiet start though.. ...

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Mike Harmon Lived to Tell About It

Yes, Crash of the Week is a Wednesday feature and I'm batting out of order, but, in honor of this weekend's Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, we give you Mike Harmon's staggeringly violent 2002 crash, which was, for my money, worse than Michael Waltrip's 1990 Bristol crash. Somehow, Harmon walked away from this with barely a scratch. ...

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Lou LaRosa is Seriously Pissed

By the end of the sixth paragraph of this SceneDaily.com story, I turned to see if anyone else had read what I just read. By the eighth paragraph, I thought Damn, this Lou LaRosa dude (above) is pissed! Down near the bottom of the story, I had to reach for the smelling salts I felt so battered.At this stage of my advancing life, I honestly don't know what to make of LaRosa's nasty assessment of the current state of NASCAR, a sport he helped make great by building engines for Dale Earnhard ...

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Jeff Burton on GH — I Smell Daytime Emmy!

Jeff Burton had a guest spot on the ABC sudser General Hospital the other day. While the 41-year-old has had no formal training in the dramatic arts, he brings a wizened subtlety and discreet vulnerability not equalled on screen since Sylvester Stallone's star turn as John Rambo in 1982's First Blood. Sadly underutilized in his only scene, Burton's impact is palpable. He is one of those rare actors who, by his mere presence, forces his fellow thespians t ...

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Never Let Facts Get in the Way of a Good Story

An off-week four races into the season tends to strain even the most inventive editorial mind. Of course, members of the media aren't generally credited with much in the way of creativity, so I suppose it should come as no real surprise that we've been beaten with Look who's on the bubble and Don't look now, Kurt Busch is back and What's up with Hendrick? stories.And, really, editors can be a bitch, so I have endless sympathy for writers who are trying to feed the proverbial bea ...

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Big Bobby Labonte News!

According to an item posted at Jayski's, Bobby Labonte's No. 96 Hall of Fame Racing Ford will have a "different look" for this weekend's race at Bristol Motor Speedway. No, no, no, no, no, silly! Not the look of a winner! Just a slightly modified paint scheme! Geez! There are some things even Jayski doesn't know! ...

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Robby Gordon Still First Loser After All!

The competitor who initially called Robby Gordon a low-down, dirty, cheating dog has formally withdrawn the protest filed in the wake of last weekend's Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250. As a result, Gordon retains his stranglehold on First Loser.On the plus side, Gordon's ... sterling reputation dodges this bullet and he emerges from this unseemly affair roughly intact; unfortunately, the absence of controversy and any publicity resulting therefrom disappears, sending Gordon back to crushing irrele ...

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Crash Video of the Week: Bobby Allison at Talladega

Bobby Allison's barrel roll down the frontstretch at Talladega in 1987 is among the more consequential wrecks in NASCAR history -- because of it, NASCAR mandated that horsepower-sapping restrictor plates be used at Talladega Superspeedway and Daytona International Speedway. Having only heard and read about the crash over the years, it's interesting to finally see the video -- yes, it's a spectacular wreck and it's truly a wonder that Allison's car didn't end up in the grandstand ...

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Formula 1 Modifies Its Points System

NASCAR's points system rewards consistency almost as much as it does winning. An unhappy consequence of that is "points racing," whereby a driver will protect, say, his spot in eighth and the points that come along with a decent finish rather than dig to finish higher. And if The Chase for the Championship was designed to blunt that phenomenon, it still exists.Obviously, other racing series have been confronted with similar issues; and on Tuesd ...

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Charlie Villanueva Shows NASCAR the Way

By now, perhaps you've heard that Milwaukee Bucks' forward Charlie Villanueva (above left) posted to his Twitter page during halftime of a game against the Boston Celtics on Sunday. And while Bucks' coach Scott Skiles wasn't pleased with his player's decision, it gives me an idea ...NASCAR ratings are down, there's an undercurrent of dissatisfaction with the quality of racing, cautions are up ... let's have NASCAR drivers post to their Twitter pages during the race! At least dur ...

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