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The Matt Kenseth/Jack Roush Split

Kenseth's departure from Roush Fenway Racing just business, not personal
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<p> Athlon Sports contributor Tom Bowles examines the relationship between Matt Kenseth and Jack Roush and what led to the separation after 13 years together in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.</p>
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Backseat Drivers Fan Council

Kenseth's departure, Roush's title chances and the next driver to score a win
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<p> The Backseat Drivers Fan Council wieghs in on Matt Kenseth's departure from Roush Fenway Racing, his team's title hopes, the road race at Sonoma and on which winless driver in 2012 will break through first.</p>
2012

The announcement that Matt Kenseth will leave Roush Fenway Racing after this season has been the talk of NASCAR. Members of the Backseat Drivers Fan Council didn’t hold back on what they thought about the move on if it was good or bad for Roush and how this might impact Kenseth’s title hopes.

The Backseat Drivers Fan Council also weighed in on Sunday’s race at Sonoma, who between 11th and 20th in the points will make the Chase and more. Here’s what they had to say.

How Do You Stop a NASCAR Monopoly?

A look at the financials of NASCAR's top teams

by Tom Bowles

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<p> Athlon Sports contributor Tom Bowles examines the economics of NASCAR, where corporate funding makes the cars go 'round.</p>
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The Long and Short of It: Stewart's Frustrations, Danica's Hit

Dustin Long's take on all things NASCAR

by Dustin Long

For whatever reason, Daytona International Speedway enjoys playing with some of NASCAR’s most successful drivers, making them endure years of anguish before winning the 500. Darrell Waltrip waited 17 years, Dale Earnhardt 20. Tony Stewart is at 13 and counting.

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<p> Athlon Sports contributor talks all things NASCAR as Speedweeks in Daytona reach a fever pitch.</p>

ROUSH RESURGENCE Even after watching Matt Kenseth win the second qualifying race on Thursday, car owner Jack Roush admitted to being embarrassed by it.

Why?

It was the first time in 25 years a Roush car had won a qualifying race at Daytona.

Kenseth’s victory means that three of the top four starting spots in Sunday’s race will be Roush Fenway Racing entries. Carl Edwards won the pole with teammate Greg Biffle second. Kenseth will start fourth.

The resurgence goes back to last season. Hendrick Motorsports swept the pole for all four restrictor-plate races but the Wood Brothers, who are aligned with Roush, had success. Eventually that information transferred to the Roush cars and they began to qualify better at those races as the year progressed. That trend has continued.

The key now is to continue Ford’s success at Daytona. Ford won both Cup races there last year with Bayne winning the 500 and Roush’s David Ragan winning the July race.

PIT STOPS A number of drivers complained about overheating issues in the Gatorade Duel. With temperatures expected to be much cooler for Sunday’s race, it might not be as big a problem in the 500. ... Danica Patrick on her impact at the end of the first qualifying race: “You just have to brace yourself,’’ she said. “I just have to be glad that I’m a small driver and that I’ve got room.” ... Regan Smith finished second to Matt Kenseth in the second qualifying race. It marked the second year in a row Smith finished second in a Daytona qualifying race. ... Jimmie Johnson wasn’t thrilled with some cars not on the lead lap racing with the leaders on the last lap: “It was unfortunate there at the end that there were some lapped cars that were kind of mixed in with the leaders. It would have been nice if they would have let us race there; at least from the white flag on. I understand trying to get a lap back, but when the white (flag) came out I wish they would have gotten out of there and I would have had a shot at winning that thing.”

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Stewart, Kenseth win Gatorade Duel at Daytona

Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth victorious on Thursday.

by Matt Taliaferro

As is usually the case, there was one wild and crazy Gatorade Duel race at Daytona International Speedway, and one much more staid. Such was the case on Thursday, when the field was set for the 54th annual Daytona 500.

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<p> Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth won Thursday's Gatorade Duel at Daytona.</p>

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NASCAR's Rich Get Richer

Are the "Big Four" busting the sport of NASCAR?
<p> Are the "Big Four" busting the sport of NASCAR?</p>
2009

In celebration of Athlon Sports' upcoming 10th annual Racing magazine, we've dug into the archives to uncover some of the most memorable features, profiles and Q&As that have graced our pages. Visit the site daily for more retrospective looks at NASCAR throughout the decade.

Article originally published in 2009 Athlon Sports Racing annual

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Get Shorty

If it eventually has no other effect on NASCAR Nextel Cup racing, the idea of limiting the number of teams one car owner can have certainly produced one of the best quotes of the 2005 season
<p> If it eventually has no other effect on NASCAR Nextel Cup racing, the idea of limiting the number of teams one car owner can have certainly produced one of the best quotes of the 2005 season</p>
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2006

In celebration of Athlon Sports' upcoming 10th annual Racing magazine, we've dug into the archives to uncover some of the most memorable features, profiles and Q&As that have graced our pages. Visit the site daily for more retrospective looks at NASCAR throughout the decade.

Article originally published in 2006 Athlon Sports Racing annual

Thank the Lord, He's Staying with Ford!

Carl Edwards signs extension with Roush Fenway Racing

by Vito Pugliese

Washington and Wall Street were in Mylanta mode on Thursday, as the stock market imploded, losing 512 points. Larger-than-expected gains by General Motors could not buoy the economic realities of being sunk financially, out of options and not being able to make the minimum payment on our national credit card.

In Dearborn, Mich., and Concord, N.C., however, the mood was a bit brighter.

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<p> Roush Fenway Racing and Ford have had a history of letting big-name drivers get away. Not so with Carl Edwards.</p>

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