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Bubble Breakdown: Robby Gordon’s Sorry Saturday Not What the Doctor Ordered

Last week, bubble drivers continued to make headlines among the humps and bumps of Daytona’s war-weary pavement. Elliott Sadler’s No. 19 and Sam Hornish Jr.’s No. 77 combined to lead 25 laps, only to wreck each other out of top-5 finishes. “The Big One” reared its ugly head, deflating the cushions of Regan Smith and …

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Bubble Breakdown: Surprises of All Sizes at Destructive Daytona

Last week at New Hampshire, all three cars from the Front Row Motorsports stable left the track on the brink of Top-35 oblivion. Two days after Travis Kvapil’s No. 38 was sent home early with the team’s first DNQ of 2010, teammates Kevin Conway and David Gilliland could only muster 30-something finishes, dropping the Nos. …

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Bubble Breakdown: Front Row Fumbling Top-35 Spots Away – But Who Gets Them?

Last week’s race at Infineon brought the bubble battle into greater focus. Although he came up short of his first Cup win, Marcos Ambrose’s No. 47 finished a season-best sixth and gained 24 points of cushion on his rival. Four cars in front of Ambrose, Robby Gordon’s No. 7 managed to one-up the Tasmanian: a …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Max Papis on Mark Martin, Making Miracles & More

It’s been a rough road for Italy’s Max Papis this season, experiencing the mythical sophomore slump that’s left him with the typical struggles of a second-year competitor in the Cup Series. With four DNQs in 16 attempts and just one top-25 finish – 22nd at Texas – it’s been tough for the single-car No. 13 …

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Bubble Breakdown: Road Rage Pulls Bubble Battle Up the Leaderboard at Sonoma

A 150-point penalty for Travis Kvapil topped the Bubble headlines last week, knocking the No. 38 team out of the Top 35 and putting Robby Gordon’s No. 7 back in for the first time since Dover. Gordon played defense at Michigan and successfully guaranteed himself a starting spot at Sonoma, a strategy that worked to …

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Bubble Breakdown: Travis Kvapil’s Penalty Breathes New Life Into Top-35 Battle

Last week had no shortage of bubble action. At Pocono, Sam Hornish Jr. and Regan Smith parlayed timely pit strategy into a pair of top-20 finishes, shooting both teams further up the owner points rankings. Below them, Bobby Labonte’s No. 71, starved for sponsorship, was forced to park for the second time in three races, …

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Bubble Breakdown: Perilous Pocono Punishes Robby, Rewards Others

It was “All for One and One for All” for Front Row Motorsports after Charlotte as the combined efforts of FRM’s David Gilliland and Travis Kvapil, now in the struggling Nos. 37 and 38, shoved Robby Gordon’s battered No. 7 back out of the Top 35 for the first time since Texas in April. That …

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Bubble Breakdown: Front Row’s “3 Musketeers” Shine at Charlotte

Two weeks ago at Dover, the bubble drivers again ended up fighting amongst themselves several laps down to the leader. First across the line came Regan Smith’s resurgent No. 78 in 24th, followed by the No. 38 of David Gilliland. Gilliland pulled Front Row Motorsports’ middle team back onto the bubble, though now the team …

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The Problem With PRISM: Start & Park Secrecy

It is no secret that PRISM Motorsports has become the lightning rod of today’s “start-and-park” debate. Much of this controversy stems from what little we know about the team: PRISM’s Cup operation consists of two unsponsored Toyotas, receiving some technical help from the Michael Waltrip Racing stable, that are outstanding in qualifying but are invariably …

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