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Hamlin Overcomes the Odds, Wins 2010 Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Just 19 Days After ACL Surgery

“When you win, nothing hurts.” – Joe Namath A good athlete becomes great once they thrive on overcoming the odds to achieve their goals. For them, injuries are not a white flag of surrender but rather an obstacle they step over en route to victory. On Monday, we saw one of these gold-medal performances play …

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Kelly Bires Out of JRM No. 88, Mike Bliss Out of No. 36 for TBR

Two driver changes, one each in NASCAR’s Cup and Nationwide divisions, were announced Tuesday. In Cup, Mike Bliss was released as driver of the Wave Energy Drink Chevy for Tommy Baldwin Racing, replaced by Johnny Sauter for Texas and Talladega. Car owner Baldwin says Sauter is not the full-time replacement, hoping to name one by …

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Denny Hamlin Wins Wild Monday Matinee at Martinsville

He had a bum knee and a lot of track position to make up, but somehow Denny Hamlin pulled off the win in his home state of Virginia. Overcoming a late-race pit stop with just four laps to go, Hamlin bullied his way from ninth to fourth when the caution was thrown and the field …

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Rain Postpones 2010 Goody’s Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville

After steady rain at the Martinsville Speedway, NASCAR has postponed the running of the Goody’s Pain Relief 500 to Monday afternoon. The rain-delayed race will be run at noon ET and will be broadcast live on FOX. The forecast was bleak, but track officials attempted to squeeze the race in. Driver introductions were done, the …

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Casey Mears Has Tough Task Ahead Replacing Denny Hamlin

Denny Hamlin’s ACL surgery could make-or-break his chance at the Chase. But for his handpicked sub, that same stretch of races could make-or-break his career. Casey Mears was selected Saturday to sub for Hamlin while he recovers from ACL surgery. It’s a deal that came together in just a few days, but one Mears knows …

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Jimmie Johnson Gets Elusive 2010 Food City 500 at Bristol Win With 4 Tires

Playing second fiddle to Kurt Busch all day, Jimmie Johnson took advantage of a great final restart with 10 laps to go to score his first victory at the Bristol Motor Speedway and the 50th of his career. Restarting in the outside lane with ten laps to go, Johnson jumped up on the wheel and …

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NASCAR Will Use New Spoiler at Martinsville

During a press conference for the Sprint All-Star Race in Charlotte, N.C. today, NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton confirmed the Sprint Cup Series would officially make the transition to the rear spoiler beginning with the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 at the Martinsville Speedway. Pemberton said 83 spoilers had been sent to the …

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High Speeds in Talladega at 1st CoT Spoiler Test

The highly anticipated first official spoiler test for the Car of Tomorrow may be noteworthy for other reasons. In an attempt to break up the large packs of cars, a notorious characteristic for restrictor plate tracks like Talladega, NASCAR allowed teams to try plates with larger holes – they started with a record size plate …

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Carl Edwards Placed on Probation for 3 Races

NASCAR President Mike Helton addressed the media Tuesday afternoon following Sunday’s late-race incident between Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Well over 100 laps down, Edwards intentionally spun Keselowski through the tri-oval while Keselowski was running sixth. The No. 12 car lifted in the air and slammed the outside wall with …

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Kurt Busch Wins 2010 Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta as Tires & Tempers Break

Mirroring last year’s victory, Kurt Busch and the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge team claimed the checkered flag in Sunday’s Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Leading six times for 129 laps, Busch made his winning move in a three-wide pass during the race’s first attempt at a green-white-checkered finish. Busch says that balance …

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