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Bill Claren Reflects on the Early Days of NASCAR, the Bootlegger Myth the Current State of the Sport

On June 13, 1954, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (then known as the Grand National Series) held its first and only event at the Linden Airport in Linden, New Jersey. This event marked the first time NASCAR ever raced on a road course that was not on the Daytona Beach. The race received further notoriety last season, as it was the last time a foreign car manufacturer (Jaguar driven by Al Keller) went to victory lane in the sport until Kyle Busch won at Atlanta driving a Toyota in the spring of 2008. In fact, there were 13 Jaguars entered at Linden and one of them was driven by Bill Claren, who drove his No. 2 XK-21 to a fourth place finish that day, one spot behind Buck Baker while beating names such as Herb Thomas and Lee Petty

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Mad Max, Marcos Ambrose Sip the Sonoma Wine, While it’s Sour Grapes for Others

Max Papis had high hopes coming into the wine country of Sonoma, to the site of his Sprint Cup debut in 2008. However, it did not start out very well for the Italian road racing vet. His No. 13 GEICO Camry fell a lap down very early in the race and it started to look like a typical day for this team, hanging around in the back and simply looking to finish.

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Beyond the Cockpit: Patrick Carpentier Discusses His Firing from GEM, Speed Skating, And Tommy Baldwin Racing

Tony Lumbis, Frontstretch: *You were quietly enjoying a very solid season last year when things turned sour at the end. The low point came at Talladega with the public argument between you and your crew chief Mike Shiplett. What was your take on that incident?* Patrick Carpentier: I wasn’t too happy about the way it ended, but I still thank those guys for everything they did for me. I just didn’t agree with the way it ended. I think they ran out of money with the No. 10 car and Mr. Gillett was pretty much paying out of his pocket. We had sponsors, but I think he was still footing a good portion of the bill. I was actually pretty lucky to make it as far as we did last year.

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Freshmen Perform Almost as Bad as the Michigan Economy

Joey Logano arrived to the track on Sunday afternoon with much confidence, coming off a string of seven straight top 25 finishes in his Cup car and fresh off a victory in Saturday night’s Nationwide race in Kentucky. However, all the confidence in the world could not help the 19-year old battle the loose condition he experienced during the first part of the Lifelock 400.

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Beyond the Cockpit: Joey Logano Discusses an Encounter with Kyle Busch, His Toughest Track and Driving for the Coach

Lumbis: *Your 2009 season has really turned around for the better, starting with Talladega in April. How do you account for such a large turnaround, where you've gone from barely hanging on to the top 35 earlier this year to fighting for top 10 finishes every week?* Logano: I can actually attribute it to a lot of things. Zippy (crew chief Greg Zipadelli) and I are working better together. I’m learning more about telling him what to change. Getting used to these cars is helping a lot. The tough part is when you go to places that you’ve never been to before. Even if you’ve been to them in other series, these cars are so different it’s like being at a new racetrack.

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Joey Logano and Greg Zipadelli Ride New Rules To Pocono’s Top Rookie Prize

Not even a dominant victory in Saturday’s ARCA RE/MAX Pocono 200 could prepare Joey Logano for the “Tricky Triangle” – Sprint Cup Style. The rookie, who saw Pocono for the first time in his career this past weekend, was given the chance to earn valuable experience in Bill Venturini’s No. 25 Camry during the support race. The 19 year-old took full advantage of the opportunity - leading 52 laps en route to a dominant victory. Despite his supremacy on Saturday, Logano appeared out of his league, when the green flag flew on Sunday. The No. 20 Toyota fell from his 23rd starting spot almost immediately and lost a lap before the half-way mark as the Logano struggled with an ill-handling race car.

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Joey Logano’s Improvement Continues with Help from Miles the Monster

*Joey Logano:* *Start: 21st; Finish: 15th* *Summary:* After struggling throughout much of practice, Joey Logano was able to qualify his Home Depot Toyota in the middle of the pack for the Autism Speaks 400. As it turned out, his starting spot was actually quite good considering how tight the car was. Logano struggled mightily with the handling of his CoT, falling back to 29th before the competition caution waved on lap 30 -- which proved to be a savior for this struggling team. Still, Greg Zipadelli could not loosen the car up enough for his young rookie driver, who soon fell a lap down to the leader. Then, the entire complexion of the race changed on lap 117 once the third yellow flag of the day was thrown for debris.

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Scott Speed Diary – Dodging the Rain and Returning to the Scene of a Big Win

It definitely was an odd trip to Charlotte last weekend with all of the rain. The delays really don’t bother me as a driver, I just kind of roll with it. You can’t let things outside of your control get to you when you are in this business. Still, with all the craziness going on around us, my Red Bull guys adapted well and gave me a great piece of equipment to drive. We’ve really come a long way with our intermediate program since missing the show at Texas last month, and I think it’s a testament to how hard everyone has been working.

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Joey Logano Earns Third Top 10 Finish at the “Lake at Lowe’s”

*Joey Logano:* *Start: 14th; Finish: 9th* *Summary:* Joey Logano rolled off the starting grid in the 14th position when the green flag finally waived for the Coca-Cola 600 on Monday afternoon. The rookie, who just turned 19 years young on Sunday, celebrated by keeping his name mixed with the leaders for virtually the entire afternoon. By lap 15 he was already in the top 10 battling with the likes of Juan Pablo Montoya, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson among others. On lap 133, crew chief Greg Zipadelli elected to keep his driver out during a pit stop cycle just long enough to lead one lap. It was the second race in a row that Logano lead.

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: The Lady in Black Can’t Take A Bite Out Of “Sliced Bread”

*Joey Logano:* *Start: 5th; Finish: 9th* *Summary:* On Friday afternoon, Joey Logano turned in his best career Sprint Cup qualifying effort, surprising observers when he clocked in with the fifth quickest time. On Saturday night, their eyebrows were raised once more as the rookie proved his Home Depot Camry was fast for more than just one lap. Logano spent most of the first half of the race in or just outside of the top 10 despite battling a race car that wouldn’t quite handle the way he wanted it to.

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