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2014 Sprint Cup Predictions: Our Staff Tells All

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NASCAR 2014 Season Preview: The Rookie of the Year Battle

New playoff system. New qualifying procedure. New attitude. As NASCAR heads towards Daytona in 2014, all around the sport are focused on the positive, looking for the perfect season to recapture a nation currently preoccupied with other sports, along with the Olympics in Sochi. Can they do it? As Speedweeks …

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2010 Autism Speaks 400 Secret Star of the Race/Stat of the Week

*Secret Star of the Race: The Best Run You Never Saw* One would not expect that the Sprint Cup points leader going into Sunday’s Autism Speaks 400 presented by Hershey’s, *Kevin Harvick*, would fly under the radar for virtually the entire event. However, the No. 29 team had recorded only …

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Big Six: 2010 Samsung Mobile 500

By Tony Lumbis *Who…gets my shout out of the race?*   For one of the most remarkable performances by an injured driver, *Denny Hamlin* gets my shout out for pulling off a win just two and half weeks removed from ACL surgery. This is the same surgery that many athletes …

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2009 Season Review: Kasey Kahne

*2009 Ride:* No. 9 Richard Petty Motorsports Dodge *2009 Primary Sponsor:* Budweiser *2009 Owners:* Richard Petty, George Gillett, Jr., Ray Evernham *2009 Crew Chief:* Kenny Francis *2009 Stats:* 36 Starts, 2 Wins, 7 Top 5s, 14 Top 10s, 10th in points. *Best Finish:* 1st - Infineon, Atlanta (Fall). *Average Finish:* 15.3. *High Points:* There are actually two high points for Kasey Kahne and his Budweiser team that essentially helped define their 2009 season.

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Yellow Tail and Lambrusco Pace the Rookie Field at NASCAR’s Wine and Cheese Event

*Max Papis:* *Start: 16th; Finish: 8th* *Summary:* When Max Papis qualified in the 16th position on Friday, it set a career best for the Italian road racing specialist. However, the extraordinary weekend would not stop there for the GEICO team. When the race finally began, Papis progressed forward from the drop of the green flag and by the time the event reached the one-third mark, the No. 13 Camry was in the top 10.

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“Rookies” Joey Logano, Marcos Ambrose Take Advantage of a Late Race Shootout – Chicago Style

*Joey Logano:* *Start: 24th; Finish: 18th* *Summary:* Joey Logano started the Lifelock.com 400 with hopes of completing the weekend sweep after pulling off a surprise victory on old tires the night before in the Nationwide race. His quest to go two-for-two certainly got off to a slow start, however, due to a very loose handling race car for the first portion of this week's event.

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Rookies Run Well, But Only Marcos Ambrose Sealed The Deal In Daytona

*Joey Logano:* *Start: 21st; Finish: 19th* *Summary:* The leading Rookie of the Year candidate came into Independence Day weekend riding high on momentum after capturing his first career win in New Hampshire. A newly confident Logano, who wrecked out of the Daytona 500 after just 79 laps, appeared determined to make his return to the speedway last much longer. Indeed, the 19-year-old spent much of the evening racing in the top 20 while narrowly avoiding several incidents. On lap 78, a multi-car wreck ignited right in front of the rookie, who managed to squeeze in between the spinning car of David Stremme and the outside retaining wall with barely a scratch on his Home Depot Camry. With just eight laps remaining, the youngster again managed to barely miss fellow rookie Scott Speed, who made contact with A.J. Allmendinger and then the wall on the frontstretch.

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Hometown Hero Joey Logano Scores a Victory for the Sport’s Good Guys

A steal, the ultimate example of how it’s better to be lucky than good, a cheap win…these are all phrases that may be used to describe Joey Logano’s victory on Sunday afternoon. But while it certainly was unconventional -- and yes, quite a bit of luck was involved -- the NASCAR faithful should not take anything away from this rookie’s New Hampshire win.

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Scott Speed Driver Diary: A Windy DNQ and Getting Hitched!

I certainly experienced something new in my Sprint Cup career this past weekend when I got way off track during my qualifying run in Sonoma. Basically what happened is that the wind pushed us off the track, which I wasn’t taking into consideration. It was the first time we ever had to deal with something like that with these heavy cars. Normally it doesn’t make that much of a difference, because the cars weigh so much. I went way off track though. The side of the car is so flat, which they do on purpose to gain as much side force as possible and it actually worked a little too well on Friday. That’s actually what happened. It’s not like I tried to go through the corner any faster on my qualifying lap. It wasn’t a little bit of wind either; it was a ton. As the day was going on, it was getting windier and windier.

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