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Mark Martin Takes Lobster in 2009 Sylvania 300

LOUDON, N.H. It’s not everyday somebody tries to hand you a giant lobster. Mark Martin in his No. 5 Chevy held out against a hard-charging No. 42 driven by Juan Pablo Montoya during the final three-lap shootout to win the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Martin maintained his spot atop the Chase points …

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Juan Pablo Montoya Tops 2009 Sylvania 300 Happy Hour Practice

LOUDON, N.H. – The drivers complained bitterly of chattering rear tires and everybody else complained of chattering teeth. A bitter wind driving down the backstretch belied the beautiful sunshine during the final practice session for the Cup cars Saturday morning (Sept. 19). Juan Pablo Montoya, the polesitter for Sunday’s Sylvania 300, continued to be the …

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Denny Hamlin Finally Claims Victory at Home in Richmond; Vickers Claims Final Chase Spot

For Denny Hamlin, races at Richmond International Raceway are home games. It would mean the world for him to win there since he grew up only eight miles from the track. Well, after Saturday night (Sept. 12), Denny doesn’t have to pine for a win anymore. Hamlin led six times for 299 laps Saturday night, …

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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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