Tony Lumbis

Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Mid-Term Grades – Reviewing The Rocky Rookie Road

The season is just past the halfway point, which means it’s time for Professor Lumbis to issue his midterm report cards for the 2008 rookie class. Get out your Tums, though -- as after team closures, numerous wrecks, and poor finishes, this report is sure to give some readers agita after reading about the dreadful performances turned in by the rookies so far this year.

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Mirror Driving: No More Green-White-Yellow?, Truex’s Face Turns Green, And Red Flagging NASCAR Scoring

Did NASCAR make the right call by throwing the yellow flag and stopping the race with Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch running side-by-side on the last lap?

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Patrick Carpentier Captures Top Honors at Daytona

Patrick Carpentier followed up his first career pole at New Hampshire last week with another strong top-10 qualifying effort for the Coke Zero 400. However, the rookie’s 10th-quickest time on Friday did not come without the aide of an aggressive qualifying setup by his team, which sits outside of the Top 35 in owner points. For that reason, the Auto Value/Bumper-to-Bumper Dodge would drop from the top 25 almost immediately following the green flag, and would not return to that section of the scoring pylon until the very end of the night.

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Mirror Driving: The Busch-Montoya Scuffle, A Silly Season Shuffle, And Saving The Truck Series With…The IRL?

Juan Pablo Montoya received a two-lap penalty during the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire for rough driving after intentionally spinning Kyle Busch under caution. Montoya said it was because Busch ran into him several times before that incident. Was the penalty fair, or was Montoya in the right?

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Aric Almirola Ascends To The Top At New Hampshire

It was a dismal start to the weekend for Aric Almirola -- making his second consecutive start in the U.S. Army Chevy -- as the rookie could do no better than 39th in qualifying on Friday. Two days later, it looked like the struggles would continue throughout the race at New Hampshire. The No. 8 team fell a lap down early, and crew chief Tony Gibson couldn't find the right combination needed to give Almirola the setup he needed to take his car to the front. However, the duo soon figured out what adjustments were needed to successfully race the “Magic Mile,” and with the help of the “Lucky Dog” during the race’s third caution, started moving toward the front of the pack. But Almirola would soon find out that, ironically, the top 20 was not the place to be.

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Beyond the Cockpit: Regan Smith Optimistic About Future… Even Racing In Canada

Regan Smith has about seen it all during his first season and a half in the Sprint Cup Series. But despite seeing his team fold up in 2007 and working with a fourth different crew chief so far in his young Cup career, Smith is still battling hard with rookie rival Sam Hornish Jr. for the 2008 Rookie of the Year Award. The driver of the No. 01 Chevrolet took time out of his schedule at Pocono to speak to our Tony Lumbis about his season to date, his new crew chief, the influence of mentor Mark Martin, and his experience racing north of the border in our latest edition of Beyond the Cockpit.

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Mirror Driving: Mark Martin’s Big Move, Kevin Harvick’s Big Mistake, And NASCAR’s Big Attendance Problem

Kevin Harvick's bonzai move at the end of the race at Infineon could be the difference between both he and Tony Stewart making the Chase three months from now. Was that move over the line, and does it paint the No. 29 team in the most trouble of all 17 Chase contenders?

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Marcos Ambrose Steals the Show, But McDowell Tops the Rookies at Sonoma

It was a wild weekend for the young Aussie who made his first career Sprint Cup start in the famed Wood Brothers Ford. On Friday, the road course ringer from down under impressed everyone with a top-10 qualifying effort after leading first practice. Saturday was more of the same as Marcos Ambrose once again topped the charts in happy hour despite slapping the wall when he ran out of track. The No. 21 crew made repairs to the car while Ambrose flew to Milwaukee where he recorded a 16th-place finish in his regular Nationwide ride… and all this was all before the main event had even started.

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Beyond the Cockpit: Sam Hornish Jr. Talks Freshman Year, Daytona vs. Indy, And More

Sam Hornish Jr. has had an up and down season in his first year of Sprint Cup competition driving the No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge. One week, he's impressing us with a top-20 finish at a track like Dover; the next, he can't get out of his own way -- or away from the wall -- at Pocono. But such is life for a rookie in the Cup Series these daysHow does Hornish assess his season to this point? Which race does he find more challenging -- Daytona or Indy? And how old is too old to race? Find out the answers to these questions and more as Hornish joins us for this week's edition of Beyond the Cockpit.

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Mirror Driving: Junior’s Pace Car Problem, Kyle Busch’s Solution, And NASCAR’s Tight-Lipped Meeting

Dale Earnhardt Jr. snapped a 76-race losing streak at Michigan on Sunday with a fuel mileage win; but should NASCAR have allowed Junior, who passed the pace car on more than one occasion in an effort to conserve fuel, to retain the top spot?

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