That Didn’t Take Long

Aric Almirola goes around in Turn 3 on Lap 8, bringing out the first caution ... which is not necessarily a bad thing, as the break compresses the field. The Bud Shootout proved more interesting than either of  Thursday's Duels, because the Shootout had a mandated caution and a fair few others as well that bunched the field and gave cars a chance to race. If this thing gets spread out like the Duels, we might be hoping for rain. ...

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Green Flag

One lap down, 199 to go in the 51st running of the Daytona 500. A competition caution planned on Lap 25, apparently weather a factor. Might not hurt to look at tire too.The announcers on MRN, the official radio broadcaster of NASCAR, already sound as though they might go into cardiac arrest. Someone get them some Alka Seltzer. ...

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Death, Taxes, and Tony Stewart Bitching About Goodyear

Stewart lets loose on NASCAR's tire manufacturer. Again. There are just some things in life you can count on, you know? Old Faithful, birds flying south for the winter, and Tony Stewart going off on Goodyear.And while it's true that you never know exactly when Stewart's gonna blow, you know he is -- and really, the real pleasure is in the anticipation. So count me slightly disappointed to find that we're not even one race into the season before old Smoke took some pointed shots at t ...

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Jimmie Johnson Dull? Are You Serious???

I like what the guys over at Frontstretch.com do. Really. I dare say, we get together at a bar, odds are good we have a good time buying each other beers. But, I've got to say, this contribution to the dialogue? Not so good.First of all, there's the small matter of length -- I halfway expect to see this puppy in next week's New Yorker. Or perhaps The Atlantic; what is this thing? Maybe 8,750 words? Holy crap. I'm tired. I'm busy. I have kids. I've gotta walk the frickin' dog. Like I ...

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Joey Logano Keeps the Wolves at Bay

 Joe Gibbs Racing and everybody associated with its No. 20 team is saying all the right things as far as Joey Logano and his 2009 season is concerned. No pressure. No expectations. We just want him to do the best he can.Laudable, certainly, reasonable, absolutely. But after Logano's three-race performance toward the end of last season -- 32nd, 39th, and 40th, in that desultory order -- you just have to know a whole bunch of people heaved a huge sigh of relief when the 18-year-old fin ...

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