Site See With NSSN – March 9, 2010

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    HONOR THY CODE: Back at the start of the season, NASCAR told drivers to “have at it.” So last Sunday at Atlanta Carl Edwards had at it. In case you missed it (and it’s hard to do, because every TV station in the Western Hemisphere has been re-playing it non-stop) Edwards bumped Brad Keselowski and sent him on an upside-down airborne ride. Edwards was down 156 laps at the time. Keselowski was running 6th. Predictably the howling began. (By Larry Woody @ http://www.racintoday.com/archives/15702)

    FELL THE POWER: Kurt Busch won the spring Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway for the second year in a row. He did it with a new crew chief, but the same car owner. Roger Penske strolled to victory lane on a day when the influence of single-seat and open cockpit racing became evident at the finish. Penske, or "The Captain" as he is known around racing circuits, is synonymous with motorsports success. He has many owner trophies from NASCAR and even more from various Indycar-style series. (By Patrick Reynolds @ http://www.allleftturns.com/open-wheel-power-shines-atlanta)

    THE ROAD BACK: As he prepares to begin defense of his IndyCar championship when the IZOD IndyCar Series begins next weekend on the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Dario Franchitti reckons there’s no reason to believe things will be any different this year than in 2009, when series drivers swapped the points lead a record 15 times. Franchitti ultimately took the crown by out-dueling Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon and Team Penske’s Ryan Briscoe in a season-finale shootout at Homestead-Miami Speedway. (@ http://www.racer.com/franchitti-long-road-back-to-indycar-title/article/165329/)

    Q&A WITH LOLA’S PETER MCCOOL: How will the proposed Lola IndyCars improve the race action? “After safety, improving the show is the next prime focus for our Special Projects team. The majority of the downforce will be generated by a large central underbody, this allows us to reduce the size of the front and rear wings creating downforce, which is less susceptible to variations when following another car closely. Lola is drawing upon its vast experience of open-wheel design to ensure the cars look both spectacular and race in a close and exciting fashion.” (@ http://www.racer.com/q-a-with-lolas-peter-mccool/article/165379/)

    THE PENDULUM SWINGS: Boy, what a long way we’ve come in six years, since dropping an s-bomb in excitement cost a driver the championship points lead. NASCAR really meant it when it said in the off-season that it would loosen its grip, let boys be boys and let the garages police themselves. (By Dave Kallmann @ http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/sports/racing.html)