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Mirror Driving: The Death of Road Ringers, The Great Rain Debate & Truck Talk

Marcos Ambrose had two top-two finishes at Watkins Glen, but most of the top spots on Monday went to the usual suspects – the same drivers who run in the top 10 or close to it most weeks. Is the road-course ringer a dying breed?

Voices from the Heartland: Veto the Bill to Change the Rules

Yesterday on this very front page, my esteemed colleague, Vito Pugliese (and I hope I spelled that right, ‘cuz I’m pretty sure he has some pretty heavy “family” ties) seemed to have “a problem with three rules in particular” that defined the outcome of recent races. They were (in order): NASCAR’s pit-road speed limit, the …

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Mirror Driving: Johnson’s Lucky Day The End of the Lucky Dog?, Chasing Chasers & Hornaday’s Heroics

*Denny Hamlin finally broke through on Monday, reaching Victory Lane after a 50-race drought. Is this the type of win that could lead to a momentum-building Chase performance … or was this just a flash in the pan at a track he’s really good at?*

Tom: This was a huge, emotional win for Denny … there’s no doubt about that. But until he strings a few of these together, I’m not totally sold on him as a championship contender.
Vito: I think it was the right track at the right time, and a much-needed win for a guy who was obviously overcome with emotion after winning today. Denny excels at flat tracks, but he’s been knocking on the door for a few weeks now.
Jeff: I’d say it’s a flash.

Beyond the Cockpit: Kelly Bires – From Wisconsin to Iowa

Last season, Kelly Bires was one of the up-and-coming drivers in the Nationwide Series, finishing 13th in points with six top-10 finishes. This year… he’s been forced to take pretty much any open ride that comes up. After no sponsorship forced his No. 47 JTG Daugherty team to turn to Michael McDowell, Bires was left …

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Cup Series Regular Brad Keselowski Wins Inaugural NNS Event at Iowa

A sellout crowd of nearly 60,000 fans stood cheering wildly as the green flag flew to start the Nationwide Series’ inaugural race, the U.S. Cellular 250, at Iowa Speedway Saturday afternoon near the small town of Newton. With the Cup Series appearing in Pocono this weekend, usual suspects Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards and Kevin Harvick …

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Mirror Driving: Inverting the Field, Road Racing at Indy & Gauging Roush’s Future

Many fans cried foul after a speeding penalty cost Juan Pablo Montoya the lead late at Indy, though NASCAR’s data shows that Montoya was clearly too fast at two pit road markers. What does the sanctioning body have to do to regain credibility with the fans?

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