LIVE BLOG: RICHMOND

I am live-blogging the race in Richmond tonight. Check back here for updates during the race. And feel free to leave comments here or message me during the race at http://twitter.com/allleftturns. All times Eastern7:22 pmGreat quote from Darrell Waltrip on FOX about Kyle Busch, "People want him to win like Petty. They want him to drive like Earnhardt and they want him to act like Mark Martin. It just ain't going to happen. This is an extraordinary talent. Enjoy it."7:38 pmMax Papis ...

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CLOSED WHEEL, OPEN THREAD

Thoughts and observations heading into this weekend's race in Richmond. Anyone else hope Kyle and Junior will be 1-2 with two laps to go? (In that order.)Jimmie Johnson has won three of the last four races at Richmond.Kevin Harvick has eight straight top tens at Richmond.Virginia native Denny Hamlin (fifth in points) has never won on his home track.We are going to have to imagine what David Poole would have written this weekend. He will be missed.Carl Edwards spent all week talking about a wr ...

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MISS MANNERS ON COOL-DOWN LAP ETIQUETTE

 The last two races have included dust-ups on the cool-down lap.  We've asked Miss Manners to answer a few drivers' letters regarding cool-down lap etiquette.    From Last Week's Race at TalladegaDear Miss Manners, I accidentally ran into the back of a colleague, spoiling his victory lap. What is the proper way to explain this to him?  Some people think it was intentional because I've accidentally rammed Carl Edwards on his victory lap (Bristol), accidentally spun out J ...

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CRASH VIDEO: KYLE BUSCH WRECKS DALE EARNHARDT JR. AT RICHMOND

Reason No. 714 to hate Kyle Busch: The time he spun out Dale Earnhardt Jr. with three laps to go while contending for the lead. It happened last spring at Richmond, home of this week's race. Busch called the incident (video below), "good hard racing."   ...

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NASCAR ON TWITTER

 USA Today has a piece today on NASCAR and Twitter. The point of the article is that the vast majority of teams, sponsors and drivers have yet to embrace the social networking tool. Twitter, for those of you who are unfamiliar, is an application that allows its users to tell other people what they are doing or thinking at the moment. "Tweets" can be sent from computers or cell phones.The article says that Bobby Labonte is the only full-time Cup driver who tweets on his own behalf. ...

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ELIMINATE YELLOW LINE ON FINAL LAP?

Carl Edwards blamed NASCAR for his spectacular final-lap wreck at Talladega. "I guess we'll do this until someone gets killed and then we'll change it," he said. "That's the way it is. We do our best. We're put in this box by NASCAR and we have to race this way. If you look at how the final four cars were finishing, you had to be pushing the guy in front of you." Clearly, Edwards is no fan of the yellow line rule, under which cars are not allowed to pass at Talladega.But t ...

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TALLADEGA: LIVE RACE BLOG

Live race blogAll times Eastern 2:06 p.m.No, FOX, I do not want to buy Digger gear. On the other hand, hey ESPN, how about some Nicole Manske gear?2:09 p.m.Is Nick Saban asleep? Wake up, coach.2:15 p.m.Hey, did you know Budweiser is the great American lager?2:25 p.m.No use trying to predict who will win until the last half of the last lap. So I will wait.2:26 p.m.Junior takes the lead. You get the feeling this race could make or break his season. Not statistically, but mentally.2:28 p.m.Lap 8 ...

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CLOSED WHEEL, OPEN THREAD

So many questions will be answered this weekend... Will Junior Earnhardt turn his season around?Who will The Big One claim in Talladega?Can Mark Martin put together a championship run?Will pit row road continue to kill ... everyone?We leave the rest in your capable hands.What do you think? ...

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SOME OF US WILL TAKE THE PARKING OF THE 8 CAR A LITTLE HARDER THAN OTHERS

Hey buddy, you still got a little on your cheek. Yeah. Almost. There you go. Got it.Attaboy. As fashion statements go, we have seen better. You have to love the "It's so bright out my hat needs sunglasses, too" look. What do you think is in the 30-ounce mug? My guess: More sunglasses. ...

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Does NASCAR have ‘Junior Rules’?

NASCAR has decided not to penalize Dale Earnhardt Jr. for spinning out Casey Mears on the cool-down lap of Saturday's race at Phoenix International Raceway. ESPN.com's David Newton writes that fans and some members of the media believe that NASCAR has one set of rules for Junior and another set of rules for the rest of its drivers. ESPN's Newton cites several examples in which drivers were penalized for actions similar to Junior's, including the incident when Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards were ...

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