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July 31, 2014

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Observations from Sunday’s NASCAR Best Buy 400 at Dover International Speedway

You might hate seeing Tony Stewart get caught up in someone else’s wreck, as he did early in Sunday’s race at Dover, but you have to admit his post-wreck interviews often are priceless. Stewart’s sarcastic take on the lap-17 wreck -- “I take 100 percent responsibility. It’s my fault for being even anywhere close to Elliott (Sadler). If I’m within a half a lap of him, I expect that to happen” -- was the highlight of the telecast. …

Is Stewart’s frustration the result of his rotten luck this season, the fact that he has not yet won a race or the realization that he might no longer be the top dog at Joe Gibbs Racing? …

One of the sport’s brilliant talking heads again made the comment over the weekend that Stewart will “step up his game” now that the summer months are upon us, suggesting that Stewart hasn’t been trying his best during the first three months of the season. That’s a little like saying the New England Patriots didn’t win the Super Bowl this year because they didn’t try hard enough. …

Whatever your personal opinion is of Kyle Busch, you have to admire the way he doesn’t hold anything back on the track -- even when he has a 3-second lead with 10 laps remaining. If you paid $100 for a ticket to Sunday’s race, you wouldn’t have felt cheated by Busch’s effort in the final 74 laps. …

One of the more impressive streaks is Kevin Harvick’s series record of running at the finish of 57 consecutive races. The streak is a testament to Harvick’s crew members at Richard Childress Racing. Incidentally, Harvick also had a similar 58-race streak earlier in his career, which is the modern-day NASCAR Cup Series record. ...

I know these aren’t the best of economic times, but wouldn’t you think some company would jump on the bandwagon and sponsor Travis Kvapil’s unsponsored Ford? Kvapil has finished 11th or better in three of the past five races and has improved from 24th to 18th in points in the No. 28 Yates Racing Ford. …

In case you missed it, Toyota is leading all three of NASCAR’s national touring series (Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Craftsman Trucks) in victories.

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