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Mirror Driving: Roush’s Rough Start, Prelude To More Dreams At Eldora, And… Pimping Pocono Out?

*After getting of to a fast start and winning the first two events, Roush Fenway Racing has struggled somewhat, which was apparent at Dover where the organization has often dominated races, including last Fall’s. What does Roush need to do to regain the balance of power with Hendrick Motorsports and its satellite operation, Stewart-Haas Racing?* Kurt: Have NASCAR make another serious car change. Seriously, Roush's strength is generally the speedways, and we haven't been at one of those in awhile. Amy: They did look off on Sunday, although Biffle looked OK. But the rest never looked the way I had thought they would.

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Kyle Busch: Because Pride Must Always Go Before the Fall

Once upon a time -- just last Friday, in fact -- in a media center not too far from here sat a boy. He wore a yellow suit decorated with multi-colored candies, beautiful on the outside while attempting to hide the ugliness that occasionally lies within. His name was Kyle. Now, Kyle is not like every other boy. He’s special. Every time he gets into a car, he can go faster than just about everybody else, turning rivals into mincemeat and race tracks into his own personal playground. This makes Kyle proud... and it makes many people around him very impressed.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Autism Speaks 400 at Dover Edition

Race number 13 in the 2009 season was an unlucky one for Goodyear, as periodic rains in Dover washed the track of rubber after both the Friday race sessions and the Saturday races. With entries in both the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series having right front tire issues, Sprint Cup teams knew that tire conservation during Sunday’s race would be the only way to increase the chance of avoiding the damning blown tire punctures. Despite a competition caution and other precautions, several teams suffered tire failures and many others’ days were ruined by a caution that came out during a green flag pit sequence that John Andretti’s blown right front and subsequent brushing with the wall brought out. These factors combined with a barn-burner finish, determined this week’s *HOT*, *WARM*, and *COLD* drivers for the week.

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Five Points to Ponder: 2009 Autism Speaks 400 at Dover Edition

*Scott impresses* Jimmie Johnson’s win in this week’s Cup Series event at Dover may not have been a surprise... but the results across the two other national series at the one-mile oval certainly were. Brad Keselowski was in the right spot at the right time in Saturday’s Nationwide race when Joey Logano got into Kyle Busch, who was restarting from the lead with just a handful of laps to go. It was only career win No. 3 for Keselowski in the series, who is expected to make the full-time jump to Sprint Cup in 2010.

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Bubble Breakdown: Two-Tire Pit Stop Has Sam Hornish, Jr. Driving Away From Top 35

News from the bubble this week primarily dealt with Robby Gordon’s rear end and whether NASCAR’s method of handing out penalties is fair or not. Gordon was docked 50 owner and driver points and crew chief Kirk Almquist was fined $50,000 this week after post-race inspection at Lowe's found their rear axle housing exceeded the maximum specified toe of plus or minus one degree. Neither the driver nor crew chief was suspended as a result of the inspection, however, while in the previous week, driver Carl Long was given a 12-race suspension, got docked 200 owner/driver points, and his crew chief was fined $200,000 for an engine at a non-points race that exceeded NASCAR’s 358-cubic inch requirement by just .17 inches. Seems to me one guy got off a little easy while another one got bent right over the woodpile... To see if Robby could make up the penalty at Dover or if the drivers outside the top 35 would make up some ground on him, read on in this week’s edition of the Bubble Breakdown.

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Joey Logano Bit Off More Than He Could Chew – And Now He’s Chewing It

No matter how good athletes are in a sport’s lesser series, you never know how they will perform against the best of the best. Joey Logano was surrounded by more than considerable hype before making the jump to NASCAR. And no doubt Jeff Gordon was smiling at the thought of yet another coming rookie being pronounced the next Jeff Gordon. Gordon had to be thinking, wait until he’s out there racing against the guys I race against. When I was 18, I was living at home practicing my air guitar. Imagine what you were doing when you were 18. At an age when most of us spend hours convincing our friends that our favorite rock band is the greatest ever, Joey Logano was being cast as someone who may become one of the greatest racecar drivers of all time, and was already popularly known as “Sliced Bread” before he even stepped into a Nationwide car.

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Driven to the Past: The Rain And Bob Senneker

Watching all that rain and all the delays before they finally called the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway last Monday took me back a few years. Somehow, I recall a time in the early 1960s when it started raining at a NASCAR race while they were fairly close to halfway. If I’ve got it right, they kept running under yellow until they passed the halfway mark, and then stopped it. When it didn’t let up, they called the race. As I understand it, the fans were “visibly upset” about the whole deal. Can’t say as I blame them a lot.

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Mirror Driving: Long’s Public Whipping, Gauging Reutimann’s Upset And Meetings, Meetings, Meetings

*How does David Reutimann's win in the Coca-Cola 600 rate among the great upsets in NASCAR history? And does it salvage what, to that point, had been a rain-soaked, inconsistent 340-mile mess left at the mercy of Mother Nature?* Kurt: A great upset? I never thought of it like that. Casey Mears' win would have be an upset then? Amy: I don't know if I'd call it one of the greatest upsets, because it wasn't as if Reutimann won it under green. But it was a neat victory, and props to that team for playing thee strategy cards just right.

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