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NASCAR Rivals: Bobby Labonte Injured by Watkins Glen Mele’

August 13, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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NASCAR Rivals: Bobby Labonte Injured by Watkins Glen Mele’

With the laps dwindling down and the middle of the pack getting a little antsy, the field turned to complete mayhem with just 8 laps to go in the Centurion Boats at the Glen on Sunday afternoon. Michael McDowell spun David Gilliland as the two raced for position, setting off a chain reaction that left several cars crippled near the pit road entrance. Michael Waltrip, Bobby Labonte, Sam Hornish Jr, Reed Sorenson, Max Papis, Dave Blaney, and Joe Nemechek were also involved.

As seen in the video footage of the accident, Bobby LaBonte was left limping his way over to the …read more

Rating the Race: Centurion Boats at the Glen at Watkins Glen

August 10, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

Rating the Race: Centurion Boats at the Glen at Watkins Glen

Kyle Busch made perfect on his efforts to sweep the road course races in the Sprint Cup Series this season as he nabbed his first career victory at Watkins Glen International on Sunday. He led four times for a race high 52 laps, giving him his 8th win of the season and making him the first driver to win the races at both Infineon and Watkins Glen in the same year since his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Tony Stewart, did it back in 2005. He also won the Nationwide Series race in Mexico City earlier in the year, making him …read more

NASCAR Rivals: Kyle Busch Gets Jimmie Johnson on the Restart

July 16, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

NASCAR Rivals: Kyle Busch Gets Jimmie Johnson on the Restart

Sure, this section is typically reserved for one of the week’s better wrecks, but like him or not, let’s face it – Kyle Busch’s restart to win the Lifelock.com 400 last Saturday was just too good to pass up. After starting from the pole and leading more than 160 laps in the race, Kyle nearly let one get away after getting passed by Jimmie Johnson in the closing laps of the race. But, a blown engine by David Gilliland with just 6 laps to go bunched the field back together and gave Kyle one last crack to pick up the …read more

Rating the Race: Chicago – Lifelock.com 400

July 13, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

Rating the Race: Chicago – Lifelock.com 400

Image details: LifeLock.com 400 served by picapp.com
Kyle Busch continued his dominating run over the Sprint Cup Series Saturday night as he picked up his series-leading 7th win of the season by taking the checkers in the Lifelock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, IL. After rain cancelled Friday’s qualifying session, Busch was awarded the pole position due to leading the championship points standings, and that proved to be invaluable as he led the first 44 laps of the race en route to setting a new track record by leading a total of 165 laps, erasing the previous record set by …read more

Rating the Race: Daytona – Coke Zero 400

July 6, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

Rating the Race: Daytona – Coke Zero 400

*Credit photo to Sporting News 
Kyle Busch won his sixth race of the Sprint Cup season and picked up the second Cup restrictor plate win of his career, much to the dismay of the crowd on-hand at Daytona International Speedway for Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400. But, whether or not you like Kyle Busch is irrelevent – what you cannot deny is that the action at Daytona was exciting once again and should be considered another victory for the Car of Tomorrow.
Paul Menard led the field to green after winning the Coors Lite Pole Award during Friday’s qualifying session, and he held onto …read more

With Ganassi Folding the #40 Team, What Will Become of Some of the Others?

July 4, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

With Ganassi Folding the #40 Team, What Will Become of Some of the Others?

Image details: LifeLock 400 served by picapp.com
Happy 4th of July, everyone! Along with celebrating America’s independence, since it just so happens to have fallen on a Friday this year, that means you’re also treated to a “special” edition of “Loose in Turn Three”. Along with me as always are Bruce Simmons from “Bruce’s Bits & Pieces”, and, of course, Charlie Turner from “On Pit Row”.
Earlier this week, Chip Ganassi announced that due to sponsorship woes, he was being forced to cease operations on his no. 40 operation, laying off 71 employees in the process and also putting NASCAR rookie, Dario …read more

Race Preview for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona

July 3, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

Race Preview for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona

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This week, NASCAR returns to Daytona International Speedway for the Coke Zero 400, one of the biggest races of the year on the Sprint Cup schedule. With Daytona being one of NASCAR’s two restrictor plate courses, the track has fallen under quite a bit of scrutiny over the years. While it’s still loved by many, there are still those that feel as though things tend to get a bit overhyped whenever the series heads down to Florida. But, whether you love it or you hate it, one thing cannot be denied, and that is …read more

List of the Week: Winless Cup Series Drivers

June 23, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

List of the Week: Winless Cup Series Drivers

David Gilliland almost got it done on Sunday at Sonoma, and we’ve seen a few impressive runs from unlikely candidates earlier in the year. But, following up on a 2007 that brought us a handful of first-time winners in the Cup Series, I find it surprising that we’ve yet to have even one this season. So, it got me to thinking, that’s led us to this week’s “List of the Week”, in which I will rank the five likeliest candidates currently driving in the Cup Series to become the next first-time winner:
5. David Reutimann – Running in his second full-time …read more

Rating the Race: Infineon – Toyota Save/Mart 350

June 22, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

Rating the Race: Infineon – Toyota Save/Mart 350

Heading into Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Infineon Raceway, most people weren’t talking about points leader Kyle Busch as a favorite to win, especially since he was starting all the way back from the 30th position … well, they were wrong. Busch put his no. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota out front on lap 32, and then held the position for the remainder of the race, with the exception of 2 laps that were led by Carl Edwards during green flag pit stops.
Busch gained his track position due to some good fortune when he and nine other cars made their first pit …read more

An Anheuser Sellout Would Effect More Than Just The Beer

June 13, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

An Anheuser Sellout Would Effect More Than Just The Beer

The headlines have poured across the newspapers and internet for the last couple of days, and it’s become a hot topic of debate on morning radio as I learned today while listening to Elliot in the Morning on my way into work. For those of you that have been stuck under a rock or just don’t care, and therefore are not familiar with what I’m talking about, earlier this week Anheuser Busch received an unsolicited offer from InBev, a European brewing company and the largest in the world, to purchase Anheuser for a reported $46.3 billion, which would make it …read more

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