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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2009 Sylvania 300 at Loudon

Somewhat lost in Juan Pablo Montoya’s charge up through the field late in the race was the fact that he had a “coming together” with Jeff Burton where he got into turn 3 a little hot and hit Burton in the driver’s door. Both cars then got loose in the corner, allowing Dale Earnhardt Jr. to stick his nose into the battle. Very aggressive and much more like the Montoya of the past two seasons as compared to the Montoya of the first 26 races of this season. Burton was not pleased with this maneuver and bumped Montoya under caution to make his point known.

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Talking NASCAR TV: “Chasing” Diverts Too Much Attention From “Racing” At Richmond

Hello, race fans. The Richmond race weekend every September has always been an exciting weekend. Good racing is nearly guaranteed and, since it’s a short track, there is plenty of contact to go around. However, since 2004, this weekend has taken extra importance because it is the last race before the Chase for the Cup begins. Thus, it’s an all out free for all for a group of drivers trying to lock themselves into the Chase at the last minute. However, this week started out on a much lighter note for some of the Cup drivers. On Wednesday night, 19 full time Sprint Cup drivers, two NHRA Funny Car drivers (Ron Capps and Cruz Pedregon), Aric Almirola, and the driver of supposedly undetermined age (although it’s probably somewhere around 78 or 79) Red Farmer gathered at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Oh. for the "Prelude to the Dream."

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Denny Hamlin Finally Claims Victory at Home in Richmond; Vickers Claims Final Chase Spot

For Denny Hamlin, races at Richmond International Raceway are home games. It would mean the world for him to win there since he grew up only eight miles from the track. Well, after Saturday night, Denny doesn’t have to pine for a win anymore. Hamlin led six times for 299 …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Poor Post-Race Aside, ESPN Atlanta Telecasts Show Improvement

Greetings, race fans. Labor Day weekend brought a split weekend schedule. The Cup and Nationwide Series both had night races at Atlanta Motor Speedway, while the Truck Series had its inaugural race at Iowa Speedway. Now, normally, I do the critique in chronological order, but since the Truck Series race was at a different site, I will cover that event first. On Saturday night, SPEED covered the Lucas Oil 200 for the Truck Series from Newton, Ia. Iowa brought a new wrinkle in the broadcast booth, as this was the first time that Johnny Benson was in the booth for SPEED. He’ll do two more races this season, on weekends in which Michael Waltrip cannot be in the booth. Personally, I thought that Benson did fine for a first time up there, but he was a little quiet in the booth. I’m not sure if that was really within his control, though.

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Kasey Kahne Takes Advantage of the Short Run to Win 2009 Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta

New wrinkles in the schedule typically result in teams having to scramble in order to figure out what the right setup is, or how to handle the track at all. Sunday night was no different. A three-way change in the schedule for this season moved the second race at Atlanta …

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Talking NASCAR TV: ESPN Endures The Montreal Marathon

Hello, race fans. This past weekend was the last off weekend of the season for the Sprint Cup Series. But, that doesn’t mean that there was no action out there on the track. The ARCA Re/MAX and NASCAR Truck Series were at Chicagoland Speedway on Friday night to run support races to Saturday night’s IndyCar Series race. In addition, the Nationwide Series was in Montreal for their annual assault on the permanent road course that sort of drives like a street course. Were these telecasts great to watch, or was there something missing? Let’s find out. On Friday night, the ARCA Re/MAX Series had the Ansell Cut Protection 150 at Chicagoland Speedway. For reference, Ansell is a brand of work gloves sold exclusively through Menards Home Improvement Warehouse. This twilight race was quite interesting to watch on SPEED. Since the race was a doubleheader, Rick Allen and Phil Parsons, who were on site to commentate on the Truck Series race, commentated from the booth.

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Carl Edwards Takes Advantage of Marcos Ambrose’s Error to Win in Montreal

On Sunday, Carl Edwards ran up front for most of the race, running in the top 10 and generally staying out of trouble. However, he didn’t really have anything for Marcos Ambrose, who dominated the day. The last few laps changed that significantly. When the rains came on lap 58, …

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