Starting Lineup for the 2009 Daytona 500

Starting Line Up -- 2009 Daytona 5001) Martin Truex Jr, Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet 2) Mark Martin, Kellogg's/CARQUEST Chevrolet 3 Jeff Gordon, DuPont Chevrolet 4) Kyle Busch, M&M's Toyota 5) Tony Stewart, Office Depot/Old Spice Chevrolet 6) Brian Vickers, Red Bull Toyota 7) Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's Chevrolet 8) Juan Pablo Montoya, Target Chevrolet 9) Joey Logano (Rookie), Home Depot Toyota 10) Denny Hamlin, FedEx Express Toyota 11) Aric Almirola, Gu ...

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Starting Lineup for 2009 Daytona 500

Daytona 500 1 1 Martin Truex Jr Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet Row 1: 2 5 Mark Martin Kellogg's/CARQUEST Chevrolet 3 24 Jeff Gordon DuPont Chevrolet Row 2: 4 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Toyota 5 14 * Tony Stewart Office Depot/Old Spice Chevrolet Row 3: 6 83 Brian Vickers Red Bull Toyota 7 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Chevrolet Row 4: 8 42 Juan Pablo Mon ...

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Starting Lineup for 2009 Daytona 500

Daytona 500 1 1 Martin Truex Jr Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet Row 1: 2 5 Mark Martin Kellogg's/CARQUEST Chevrolet 3 24 Jeff Gordon DuPont Chevrolet Row 2: 4 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Toyota 5 14 * Tony Stewart Office Depot/Old Spice Chevrolet Row 3: 6 83 Brian Vickers Red Bull Toyota 7 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Chevrolet Row 4: 8 42 Juan Pablo Mon ...

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Good News! Jimmie Johnson Did Not Win a Duel!

The bad news? Kyle Busch did ...  Yes, Kyle Busch won the second of Thursday's two Gatorade Duels at Daytona International Speedway, giving rise to the horrifying prospect that the little pipsqueak will replicate his 2008. But, there is a silver lining to this cloud, and that is that Jeff Gordon won the first of the Duels, sparing an innocent public from having to read at least 536 Gordon hasn't won a race in 92 years stories in the next few months. And, as good a story as Gordon's ...

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NASCAR’s Highest-Earning Drivers

 According to Forbes.com, Dale Earnhardt Jr. pulled in a cool $35 million in 2008, or roughly $5 million more than Jeff Gordon, NASCAR's second-highest earner. Forbes estimates that only between eight and 31 percent of a driver's earnings is a result of performance, i.e., wins ... which is a really good thing for Junior, since he's won three whole races in the last four years. And, really, the fact is the guy is a marketer's wet dream, seemingly able to say and do damn near anything he w ...

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Michael Waltrip WILL Retire

 Michael Waltrip has announced that he will retire if he isn't 'competitive' in 2009.   I'm sorry -- say what now? Michael Waltrip will retire if he isn't competitive in 2009? Um, so why is 2009 any different from any other in Waltrip's 24-year career?? Because, really, the man has never been competitive. At least, not in the sense of the word competitive.In 725 career starts, Darrell's little brother has won four races. Put another way, Darrell's littl ...

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Crashes? They Can Be Cool

"Real" NASCAR fans swear that they love the sport in spite of the crashes, not because of them. Whatever. There may be a measure of truth to that lie, but, well, crashes are cool. And really, since Dale Earnhardt Sr.'s death in 2001, NASCAR has made so many advances in safety -- to the point that no one racing at NASCAR's top level has died -- that even fearsome-looking crashes are more nuisance than cause for serious alarm.No, the possibility of dying can never be eliminated c ...

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Crashes Can Be Cool

"Real" NASCAR fans swear that they love the sport in spite of the crashes, not because of them.Whatever. There may be a measure of truth to that lie, but, well, crashes are cool. And really, since Dale Earnhardt Sr.'s death in 2001, NASCAR has made so many advances in safety -- to the point that no one racing at NASCAR's top level has died -- that even fearsome-looking crashes are more nuisance than cause for serious alarm.No, the possibility of dying can never be eliminated co ...

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Kevin Harvick Wins Bud Shootout

Kevin Harvick's win in Saturday's Bud Shootout was good news for NASCAR -- and not simply because the fact that 28 cars took the green flag means fans can now focus on something other than the crappy economy and its impact on the sport. Harvick's win was not only impressive -- he started 27th, on the back row, next to Jeff Gordon, hit the outside wall early in the race and lost the draft twice -- but it offers the barest glimmer of hope that perhaps someone, anyone, please -- other than ...

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Tom Cruise Appears on NASCAR Now

NASCAR Now issued a press release to say that Tom Cruise would appear on Friday's show. Excuse me, but, well, does NASCAR or one of its flagship TV shows really want to hitch its wagon to this guy right about now?   Sure, we find ourselves at a messed up point in history where seemingly any connection to Hollywood and Movie Stars and Britney Spears’ nanny’s dog walker is somehow construed as a good thing.It's true, we live in a celebrity culture.  ...

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