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Mark Martin Wins 2010 Daytona 500 Pole at Alan Gustafson’s Home Track

Growing up just five miles from Daytona International Speedway in nearby Ormond Beach, a 6-year-old Alan Gustafson would hear engines roaring around the famed 2.5-mile speedway in the distance from his own backyard. Years later he would go to the track and watch great crew chiefs from Gary DeHart to Ray Evernham and dream of …

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Front Row Motorsports to Field 3 Teams in 2010; Wood Brothers to Run 12-Race Schedule Again

CONCORD, N.C. – Front Row Motorsports announced during Tuesday’s portion of the Sprint Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway that the organization will field three full-time entries in the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. Travis Kvapil, who competed for Yates Racing before sponsorship woes forced him out of a ride early in 2009, will …

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An Unlikely Battle for Rookie of the Year

The 2010 Sprint Cup rookie class is the antithesis of the usual suspects. There are no big time teams here. No development prospects, no young guns. Instead, this year’s battle for the ROTY title comes down to a battle between a 30-something part-time Nationwide Series driver and a Truck Series veteran. Enter Kevin Conway and …

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All-Star Cast of Drivers Trying Desperately to End Victory Shutout

The old proverb says, “To the victor, go the spoils.” But as the Cup season hits the homestretch this weekend, there’s an All-Star cast of drivers who have yet to earn themselves a crumb. With just one race remaining, a full one-third of the Chase field – four of 12 drivers – has yet to …

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Contract Extensions Leave Hendrick Consistency Unmatched

Jimmie Johnson, Rick Hendrick and Lowe’s announcing a contract extension shouldn’t be a big surprise to anyone. And that’s exactly how they want it. “Everybody’s on the same page,” Hendrick said Friday. “The key to success I think is keeping people together. [We want to] keep this thing together for the foreseeable future.” Why not? …

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Jimmie Johnson Wins 2009 Checker O’Reilly Auto Parts 500k at Phoenix

One week after wrecking in the opening laps in Texas, points leader Jimmie Johnson set out to prove the No. 48 team is deserving of a record-setting fourth straight title. Starting from the third-spot on Sunday, it only took Johnson 53 laps to find the lead and he never looked back. Entering the day 73 …

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Kurt Busch Wins 2009 Dickies 500 at Texas

If last weekend’s race from the Talladega Superspeedway was disappointing for fans and drivers, this weekend’s Dickies 500 was full of excitement from the drop of the green flag. After Jeff Gordon led the field to the start it did not take long for the action to heat up on the 1.5-mile speedway in Fort …

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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 NASCAR President Mike Helton to …

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Denny Hamlin Scores Career-High 3rd Win of Season in 2009 TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville

From the drop of the green flag on Sunday’s TUMS Fast Relief 500, it was clear the race was going to be a battle between points leader Jimmie Johnson and fellow Chasers Juan Pablo Montoya and Jeff Gordon. However, in the end it was Virginia-native Denny Hamlin who was able to hold off Johnson on …

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TRG Trying Hard to Take the Next Step

Back in February, few observers thought the unsponsored, single-car team of TRG Motorsports would make it through an entire season – least of all owner Kevin Buckler. But eight months later, only the newly-minted No. 33 of Richard Childress Racing has had a better first year than Buckler’s No. 71 Chevy, who sits 37th in …

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