Monday Movers and Losers

Bristol isn't quite as random as playing the lottery, but it is a crapshoot. And, if ordinarily, you expect mayhem at Bristol -- pure, unadulterated chaos, with a helmet or a heat shield thrown in for good measure -- Sunday didn't quite live up to that hype (sigh). Still, it did help shake up the points race, rewarding some and penalizing others. MoversJeff Gordon: The Driver Formerly Known as The Kid didn't move up, he didn't move down, and he didn't end his 32-year winless str ...

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Kyle Busch: Just What NASCAR Needs

Sunday's Food City 500 was uncharacteristically characteristic. That is, if the race lacked the drama, intrigue, and anger most NASCAR fans associate with Bristol Motor Speedway, it was just another piece of data for the Kyle Busch kicks some serious ass file. And whether it was a result of Busch's unparalleled ability or the track's recent reconfiguration, that the race more closely resembled something you might find at California or Vegas -- virtually all of the race's nine caution ...

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Say Goodnight, Travis Kvapil

It would appear the rumours of the demise of Travis Kvapil's No. 28 team were not greatly exaggerated. According to reports, the team has suspended operations and Roush Fenway Racing, which runs the team with Yates Racing, will attempt to place affected employees elsewhere in the organization.And as deflating as the news is for Kvapil -- running largely unsponsored in 2008, he and his team finished a respectable 23rd in points; good, but not good enough to attract sponsors -- the devil is ...

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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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