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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 25, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas Page February A f ON THE AutO Club 3 Sunday Stater 7 Saturday TftlClC BSfflSS San Bernadlno County Wday ISSUES Everything about Speedweeks was from the un precedented NASCAR penalties for cheating to a Daytona 500 ending that defied the notion that teams dont race back to the caution In this the checkered flag NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston offered two excuses for the Inexcusable Neither made any could be argued that the Busch brothers determined the outcome by taking out Tony Stewart and by crashing on the final thus exposing Mark Martin to Kevin Harvicks the oddson finished dead Jimmie John the finished Johnsons outside the top 10 In points for the first time in 106 Michael Waltrip emotionally apologized for the violations found in his 55 but even claiming he didnt know about it doesnt Waltrip owns the and he bears re sponsibility for its The biggest mistake made by was that he lied about it on national televi Martin didnt complain about the controversial 500 His career has been a series of ago nizing The fates have seldom smiled on Among the drivers who made last years only Jeff Kasey Kahne and Jeff Gordon finished in the top and in Martins it doesnt since hes running only a partial Had Martin held on for the he would have become the first parttime driver to win the Day tona 500 since Cale Yarborough in It was the first 500 victory for Richard Childress Racing since Dale Earnhardt won it for the only time in Harvicks vic tory occurred exactly six years after Earnhardts WHOSHOT WHOSNOT Kevin Har who won both the Cup and Busch races at Day David the muchma ligned rookie who finished HARVICK Mark deprived of what wouldve been the biggest victory of his Tony wrecked from behind while leading with less than 50 laps NEXTEL CUP Kevin Harvlck 190 Mark Martin 15 3 Jeff Mike 30 David David Joe Jeff David BUSCH SERIES Kevin Dave Carl Clint Mark Martin Truex Dale Earnhardt f Tony Denny Greg CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES Jack Sprague 190 Johnny Travis Mike Todd Joey Ron Ted Mike Rick m m m m m m m m m jttw lijjji JIBJJV jjjjf JHI mi J WEEK If you have a question or NASCAR This The Gaston Box NC 28053 Race Auto Club 500 Where California Fontana 250 When 25 Lett winner Matt Kenseth Qualifying record Kyle Race recant Jeff June Leet week If ever a man knew not to get his hopes It was Mark even when he roared off the final turn with the lead in the Daytona The 48yearold bidding to become the first parttime driver to win the 500 since Cale Yarborough in had every excuse to be bit ter after Kevin Harvlck won the sports biggest race But Its not Martins Nobody wants to see a grown man said and Im not going to cry about Harvlck may not have made the tenacious Martin Nothing likely But Har vick deprived the 24year veteran of a careermaking Daytona 500 victory by slipping by him at the finish NASCAR officials played a As Martin roared off the fourth secure in the belief that he could keep those behind him at a huge crash NASCAR officials let the leaders race across the in effect swallowing their whistles by failing to unfurl a yellow Mace Stater Brothers 300 Where California Speed Fontana 150 When 24 B UMt Jfwflf ft Greg Blffle Qualifying record Tony Race Hank Parker April Laet WMh Kevin Har In a won the Orbitz 300 at Day with Dave Blaney finishing runnerup in a Race San Bernardino County 200 Where California Speed Fontana 100 When 23 Laatyeara winner Mark Martin QuaUfytnf record David Race record Ted Mus Lett week Jack In a edged fellow Toyota driver Johnny Benson and Fords Travis Kvapil In a sldeby sidebyslde finish at Day STERLING MARLIN NEXTEL CUP SERIES 14 WASTE MANAGEMENT CHEVROLET John This Week Sterling shown here during preparations for this yoars Daytona has won 10 races at NASCARs top The Sunshine Boys Martins new team includes veterans Martin By Monte Dutton NASCAR This Week DAYTONA Sterling Marlin has always had a knack for racing at Daytona and as evidenced by the fact that he is one of only three drivers ever to win the Daytona 500 in consecutive Marlin hopes new ownership will breathe new life into his Formerly the team is now known as Ginn and it is NASCARs bastion of veteran Marlin and Joe Nemechek are the full time while Mark Martin who nearly won this years Daytona 500 is sharing the teams 01 Chevrolet with young Regan When Bobby Ginn purchased the team last it was like he lifted a cloud that had been hanging over the said He came in and talked about the future and his fiveyear plan about becoming a suc cessful team and really brought some excitement and confidence to every one at the from has won 10 races at NASCARs top the most recent occurring in 2002 at Darlington He won the Daytona 500 in 1994 and All he had to show for the 2006 was a single top10 We didnt get the results we hoped but I think we made a lot of progress in our espe cially toward the end of the said The last few races after Slugger crew chief Richard Labbe came on things really im We didnt have much luck in the final 10 but the car ran a lot The Daytona 500 was the 712th start of Marlins I think Im lucky to have seen this sport from where it came from and have also gotten to see where its he The transition over the years has been and Im honored to have been a part of is a lifelong fan of the Tennessee and Super Bowlwinning quarterback Peyton Manning is a Hes one of the said Marlin of I didnt want to see him go down in history as a great quarter back who could never get the champi so I was really proud of as I know everyone in Vols Country Contact Monte Dutton at [email protected] FEUD OF THE WEEK Stewart Busch Tony Stewart Kurt Butch Stewart seemed to be the man of destiny In the Daytona and he played it to the hilt right up to the on the 153rd where Busch bumped him from taking both cars Stewart was remarkably un given the fact that he has never won the Busch was apologetic and took the NASCAR This Monte Dutton gtvee take Stewart may have wobbled a but he was lead ing the race when he got bumped from Stewart pulled the old bumpandrun on Kyle Kurts younger in the Bud weiser but there was no wreck in that Qootfwronch pays tribute Goodwrench has launched the Power of 3 Web site for fans to personally pay tribute to the 3 Goodwrench From the home fans can click on the Power of 3 link to share their own memories and pho tos of Dale TURIM tETTERS FROM OUR READERS NASCAR turning Into conwdy routine Only In NASCAR would the dis covery of a Sternolike substance in Michael Waltrips car result in Mikey was fixin1 to promote his new business ven Mikeys Funtime Motor Fon Whodve thunk that dipping bread in melted cheese would be an action detrimental to stock car rac ing Guess hes lucky they didnt find the Only in NASCAR could six teams be and the five that were accused of cheating get better start Ing positions than the guy who was judged to have had a mechanical Is Only in NASCAR could I be brows ing through the book department at Krogers and see the official ro mance novels of Had the logo on them and Red neck Romances Hot Rod Harle quins NASCARIequins Like It was nt enough of a soap opera already I cant wait to see Tony Stewart on the cover of a la wait I Pat Cordto Ohio Thanks for the We wish we could give you a Martin says changes to sport take some of the fun away By Monte Dutton NASCAR This Week DAYTONA Mark Martin surveyed the ru ins of a weeks suspensions and fines and said there was no The message from NASCAR is he Were tight ening Martin doesnt much like the enforced standardization that is going on in the He sees the stiff penalties and intense scrutiny as a sign of the times he doesnt much He does nt run the sport NASCAR Quite Its only going to get more restrictive with the Car of To said the rules for the COT and the way that car it tightens the box up like I have never Its in credible how the box has tight ened Because the box is its like a handful of All of these things with the exception of those involving Michael Wai trips team are small NUTS AND BOLTS When I was coming I heard those old guys yapping about how good the old days how wrong the kids were and all that I dont want to be one of those guys be when they were saying it wasnt very attractive to I dont want to be a naysayer like sort of the oldtimers I dont want to sign up for Its its taken the fun out of it for me because I dont feel like I have a way to contribute He doesnt know Even John the 14time champion of NHRA Funny found him self being drawn into NASCARs cheating Force visited Daytona on Friday and was asked about the The trick I if youre going to dont get he or at least thats how we look at it down there in drag Force was quick to add that he hasnt cheated Im not a real Im just a driver and a promoter and an I dont know if anybody was cheating or and Im not go ing to give an opinion on OK I think these are all great rac and I just cant give an opinion because I dont Different kind of diversity Brendan who compet ed in the Craftsman Truck Se ries race at has a dif ferent kind of diversity pro Three members of Gaughans pit crew Calvin Gravely of Mike Harris of Cape and Chris Justice of are played defensive back at Wake Forest and on an arena football team in Char Destry rides again The May 5 race at Richmond Inter national Raceway will be known as the Crown Royal Pre sents the Jim Stewart While it would be a nice ges ture to name a race in memory of the actor who starred in Its a Wonderful The Philadel phia The Man Who Shot Liberty VaJance and Destry Rides the actual name sake is a fan from That Jim Stewart won the Your Name Here promotion that de termined the races Brand identity When NASCAR unveiled the Car of a press release made the absurd claim that the design is closer to the produc tion models than the current design in use here at Ford Racing Technology di rector Dan Davis was having nothing of If you were to ask we never get enough brand identi he The current car doesnt have and the Car of Tomorrow doesnt have enough brand There are The hood is a little but we struggle with that with every Well do our best to try to differentiate the the engine package is totally different be tween manufacturers and of is the heart of the so youve got that aspect going Its always a The cars look very similar to each and well never be happy with brand identifica Itll be an ongoing strug but thats the way it Different paycheck Rusty Wallace insisted that he will mince no words in his role as a television analyst of NASCAR races for ESPN and Wallace has already been criticized for the harshness of his evaluation of the Evernham teams rules My paycheck doesnt come from the crew said the 1989 Winston Cup The paycheck comes from and Ive got to remem ber ;