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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 8, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page May 7 TO All times Eastern FtertdCup Dodge Charger 7 Saturday If you have a question or a write NASCAR This The Gaston Box NC 28053 Diamond Hill Plywood 7 Friday Truck SWMS UAWGM Ohio 2 May 15 Another Nextel Cup race has been completed at Talladega Su and every single driver walked away from a 25car the cars have gotten much safer in the aftermath of Dale Earnhardts tragic death in It takes a great deal of skill to win a restrictorplate but its not the same type of skill In play at other Plate racing Is highspeed not seatofthepants In a Jeff Gordons victo ry was Hes an expert at every kind of racing the tougher the the better he Michael Waltrip finished arid Dale Earnhardt was com but its back to the drawing boards at Dale Earn hardt The teams advantage at Talladega and Daytona has fChevrolets have won 13 con secutive races at How can that be a coincidence Gordon has now won four times at one less than Earnhardt and hes won 11 restrictorplate the most of any active Gordons now won the sea sons biggest the Daytona as well as the events on the longest Talladega and shortest Martinsville Gordons got a potential grand slam No ones ever swept the four restrictorplate races in a single and hes halfway Earnhardt of is the only driver ever to win four con secutive races at and his late father is the tracks all time leader in victories with Next up is where Gordon is just four victories shy of David Pearsons alltime record for victories and three shy of Dale Earnhardts ca reer Contact Monte Dutton at T TOP 1O rN NEXTEL CUP Jlmmie Kurt Jeff Greg Elliott Tony Dale Kevin Dale Earnhardt Jamie BUSCH SERIES Carl Clint Reed Martin Truex Ashton David Kevin Denny Jon Kenny CRAFTSMAN TRUCK Ted 796 Bobby Ricky Jimmy Ron Dennis Johnny Chad Man BUtSOH SCRIES CRAFTSMAN TRUCK Race Dodge Charger 500 Where Darlington Raceway 367 When May 7 Lett years winner Jlmmle Johnson Qualifying record Ward Bur March Race record David May Last week As witnessed by a dominating victory in the Aarons at Talladega Su Jeff who wont turn 34 until Au has already done in a span of nine to satisfy most of his JOE NEMECHEK peers for a Hes won the seasons biggest race Daytona 500 as well as the races on the shortest Mar tinsville and longest Tallade ga Gordons the sea sons only threetime Gordon stayed clear of trou ble because he was perpetu ally in front of He led 139 of a possible 194 laps In a race extended by what he had dreaded the green whitecheckered Over time gave the drafting tan dem of two more Chevrolet Tony Stewart and Michael one last shot at but even to they didnt have the Race Diamond Hill Plywood 200 Where Darlington Raceway 147 When May 6 Last years winner Greg Biffle Qualifying record Ryan New March Race record Michael Wal Last week Martin Truex in a won the Aarons 312 at Talladega Race UAWGM Ohio 250 Where Mansfield Ohio Mo torsports Speedway 250 When May 15 Last years winner Jack Sprague Qualifying record Qualifying rained out last year first year of Race record Jack May Last week Ted In a won the Dodge Ram Tough 200 at Gateway International Raceway In mile Length of Length of 293 laps I INI THE 01 ARMY CHEVROLET Jolted Joe If it werent for bad Nemechek might have no luck at all By Monte Dutton NASCAR This Week The sea son to date has been a frustrat ing one for Joe the 41yearold veteran and former Busch Series champion from Four Nemechek has won Cup the most recent being at Kansas Speedway last And he feels as if his MB2 is giving him competitive cars at virtually every Good fortune has eluded and he finds himself 24th in the Nextel Cup standings this It seems like some drivers have more bad luck than oth said In my case I still think this can be my best year in Cup The team has done every thing they said they wanted to All we wanted to do is be con get a If we can do that every were going to be a threat for the champi You just look back at what wed be easy top10 in the And that didnt hap Being a badluck magnet sometimes I feel all this stuff does come at Nemechek considers his expe rience an advantage both in im proving his teams performance and coping with Im there to get the most out of my equipment that I he You I guess the best word I can use overuse your equip Youre not going to There are a lot of guys that dont take care of their equipment and cant but Ive always been a pretty smart trying to stay out of the trying not to abuse the the trans the rearend Sometimes things John This Week Joe Nemechek and his 7yearold John watch the action during Daytona 500 qualify ing earlier this Nemechek is currently 24th in the points but you just cant my Being a badluck magnet sometimes I feel cars good and Im just going to go out and stay out of trouble to I you have to do that all the Its just not whenev er you have a good all this stuff does come at Joe Nemechek FEUD OF THE WEEK Dale Jarrett NASCAR Jarrett was penalized for speed ing on pit and its happened several times this year to the driver generally considered one of the more patient in the Officials alleged ly monitor pitroad speeds electroni cally but do not provide proof to doc ument which drivers are speeding and which Im not sure how thathappens when youre following a car and youre right on his I guess they know Jarrett NASCAR This Weeks Monte Dutton gives his take It seems I to use a pitroad penalty In the But speeding isnt so much a problem at To a the drivers basically blamed the multlcar plleups on the restrictor not the actions of individual YOUR TURIM LETTERS FROM OUR READERS Gordon always seems to get benefit of the doubt Are you kidding me Everyone la belling the incident at Mar tinsville between Kurt Busch and Jeff Gordon Feud of the April 12 as racing for position is When the two of them made Busch was well ahead of Gordon for the bottom And then to see Gordon turn up the track when they made contact proved to me in Gordon did spin out If that had been Tony Stewart spinning out he would have been labelled wreck less and any other word Darrell Waltrip could have dreamed And thats a factl Brian Huckeby Ind Could it be that Gordon seems to get away with more because he plays It so cool after the race Is over If Stewart had spun out Busch In the way Gordon might he would have been more forthcoming about his LEGENDS AND LORE Brickyard has surprising Influence on Darlington Indianapolis Motor Speedway was the Inspiration in many ways for Dar lington whose de signer and Harold Braslng decided to build the track after attending the Indy Thats also the reason the first race at the In was set at 500 miles why so many of the major stockcar races since have been run at that tt s f l