Race Weekend Central

Kasey Kahne Takes Advantage of the Short Run to Win 2009 Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta

New wrinkles in the schedule typically result in teams having to scramble in order to figure out what the right setup is, or how to handle the track at all. Sunday night was no different. A three-way change in the schedule for this season moved the second race at Atlanta Motor Speedway from the end …

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Kyle Busch Helps His Chase Chances by Winning 2009 Sharpie 500 at Bristol

For teams that are outside the top 12, time is running out to force their way into the Chase. In order to get into the Championship chase, one of those contenders has to make some kind of a big splash. Kyle Busch chose Saturday night to make his splash. Kyle Busch ran up in the …

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Marcos Ambrose’s Pit Strategy Doomed His Chances at Watkins Glen

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Marcos Ambrose came into Watkins Glen International for Monday’s Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen (Aug. 3) as a legitimate favorite to win the event. His No. 47 had been the quickest in both practice sessions on Saturday, and he had a lot of confidence coming into the race. …

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Tony Stewart Records Record-Breaking 5th Win in 2009 Heluva Good! at the Glen

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Tony Stewart had an OK qualifying effort on Friday afternoon, placing his No. 14 Old Spice Chevrolet Impala SS 13th on the grid. Before the race was postponed on Sunday, Stewart said that he would like the weather to warm up, allowing the track to get slippery. He got his wish. On …

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Jimmie Johnson Claims 2009 Coors Light Pole at Watkins Glen

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – In the pre-qualifying press conferences at Watkins Glen, a recurring theme in some of the questioning was the idea that Jimmie Johnson needs to win on a road course in order for him to be considered “complete” as a Sprint Cup legend. On Friday afternoon, Jimmie put himself in position to …

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Jimmie Johnson Bests Mark Martin to Win 2009 Brickyard 400

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The 16th running of the Brickyard 400 saw the first repeat winner of the event. Jimmie Johnson made a furious late-race maneuver to get past Mark Martin on a restart and then held off the oldest pole winner in IMS history to claim his second 400 in two years and third of …

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Mark Martin Wins 2009 Brickyard 400 Pole

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – After a long, soggy morning, the Sprint Cup Series finally took to the track for qualifying at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at 2 p.m. Sam Hornish Jr. was the first car on track after heavy rain overnight and occasional showers during the morning cleaned off the rubber that had been laid down …

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Mark Martin Tops 2nd 2009 Brickyard 400 Practice

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Carl Edwards was the first car on the track for the second practice session. The majority of the teams queried stated they were going to work on qualifying runs during this session. Greg Biffle did admit that his last run during the first session was a qualifying run and that was reflected by …

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Greg Biffle Tops 1st 2009 Brickyard 400 Practice

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – At 2 p.m. the cars took to the track for the first practice session of the weekend in Indianapolis. John Andretti was the first driver to complete a lap in front of a crowd of over 10,000 people. Early in the session Jimmie Johnson was second fastest but suffered some minor damage …

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Joey Logano’s Pit Strategy Pays Off Big Time at Loudon, Wins 2009 Lenox Industrial Tools 301

In NASCAR, anything can happen during races. On lap 180, Joey Logano blew out a left-rear tire in turn 3. He had to make multiple pit stops under the caution (during one stop, the crew had to remove part of the tire that had wrapped itself around the left rear hub) and lost a lap. …

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