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Jamie McMurray Wins as NASCAR Steals the Show at Talladega

Entering this weekend’s race at Talladega Superspeedway, everyone knew Sunday’s AMP Energy 500 would be one of the wildest races of the 2009 season. In an attempt to make safer racing, NASCAR issued smaller restrictor plates to reduce the speed of the cars. Aggressive bump-drafting during Friday’s practice sessions led …

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Happy Hour: For a 2nd-Class Citizen, Kyle Busch Has Had a Hell of a Season

People who cover NASCAR, like our own Kenny Wallace, are fond of saying things like “missing the Chase does NOT make you a second-class citizen.” Try telling Kyle Busch that. When history looks back on Kyle Busch in 2009, what do you ultimately think will be the assessment of his …

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BSNews: NASCAR to File Suit Over “Spin ‘N’ Crash” Raceway

(Daytona Beach, Fla.) – BSNews has learned that top officials in NASCAR plan to file a lawsuit against toymaker Fisher-Price unless some fundamental changes are made to one of its products that is related to stock car racing. That product is Fisher-Price’s “Little People Spin ‘N’ Crash Raceway.” “From the …

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Thompson in Turn 5: Griese’s Comments Uncalled For, But Situation Handled Well By All Involved

During post-race interviews following Sunday’s TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville, race winner Denny Hamlin predicted that his victory would not be the primary focus of the sports media, who instead would make the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship the lead story. Hamlin believed that most of the nation’s …

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Fantasy Insider: Guiding Your Team Through the Big One to Talladega Success

From the shortest track to the longest track, that’s the story of the Cup circuit these days. After tackling the bullring of Martinsville, stock car racing’s best now return to the annual “lottery,” 500 miles of knee-buckling action at Talladega. Everyone knows about the Big One, the high-speed racing… and …

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Mirror Driving: Addington Angst, Rewarding Wins & Is Jeff Gordon Over the Hill?

Sunday's race at Martinsville Speedway illustrated the frustration that many fans have with the current points system, as race winner Denny Hamlin gained two spots but made little headway against points leader Jimmie Johnson - who stretched his lead over Mark Martin by finishing second.  How should NASCAR reward winning in its top series?

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Edition

The usual suspects played “follow the leader” at Martinsville in what proved to be a fairly competitive race. Jimmie Johnson, winner of five of the last six races at the track, led a large portion of the middle of the event, eventually losing the point to Denny Hamlin. But Hamlin, …

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Fan’s View: Last-Lap Caution Aside, Martinsville Delivered

Sunday’s Tums 500 at Martinsville Speedway by most measures was all that it could possibly be. Though I have often criticized the track for its one true racing groove that does not allow for true side-by-side racing and passing, the race was – at least by Martinsville standards – surprisingly …

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