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Mirror Driving: Cutting The Cord On Fuel Mileage, Foreign Fan Suicide, And Reviewing Road Courses

*One of the fans' biggest complaints after Michigan was that, again, it was a fuel mileage race. Is there anything NASCAR can do to change the fact that many races come down to how much gas is in the tank?* Kurt: Throw more cautions for debris? I understand not liking to see your guy run out of gas, but it's part of it. Mike: No, they can't. Michigan lends itself to long, green-flag runs, and that can lead to fuel mileage races. I've complained about them in the past, but this one was very exciting. I didn't have a problem this weekend. Beth: Running out of fuel is part of the racing game. If you take the risk, then you also take the consequences.
Jeff: Any race can be a fuel mileage race if the green-flag runs are long enough.

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Frontstretch Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 Lifelock 400 at Michigan

Frontstretch Power Rankings
The 2-mile oval in the Irish Hills of Michigan brought us a fuel mileage race for the second straight week on the Cup tour. In the end, it was Mark Martin who had a little extra gas in his tank ... but was it enough to move all the way to the top of our chart? Meanwhile, Michigan's reputation as a Blue Oval speedway took one heck of a hit, as none of the Roush cars finished higher than fourth. How much did our experts penalize them for their surprising slump? Read on to find out in this week's version of the Frontstretch Top 15.

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NASCAR News for Wednesday, June 16, 2009

Goodyear Returns to Indianapolis for Testing Once again this week, Goodyear returned to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to test tire compounds for July’s Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. This is at least the fifth time that Goodyear has tested tires in Indianapolis since last year’s debacle. It appears that this …

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Full Throttle: Try As We Might, Racing Is Still Dangerous

The sport of automobile racing excites competitors and fans on many levels. The speed, the sound, the engineering, the strategy are all things that stimulate the senses and thrill people who come to the race track or watch on TV. One thing that thrills some drivers is the fact that …

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Top Ten Best Ways To Save Gas In A Fuel Mileage Race

_Since the last two races have come down to fuel mileage, many fans have been asking how drivers manage to squeeze every drop out of their fuel cells to cruise to victory in such races. So the Frontstretch’s Kurt Smith did some research and lists here his top ten suggestions for drivers to save gas out there, in case any crew chiefs are thinking about it for Infineon!_ 10. Make sure tires are properly inflated — proper tire inflation could even diminish our dependence on foreign oil. 9. Let other cars pass you on pace laps if need be, provided your T-shirt sales are above a certain level.

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Crucial Weeks Approach for Chase Hopeful Juan Pablo Montoya

Lost in the pack, behind the failed fuel gambles of Jimmie Johnson and Greg Biffle and a series-equaling best third win for NASCAR’s very own Peter Pan, Mark Martin, was the sixth place finish for the No. 42 car of Juan Pablo Montoya this week at Michigan. But for a man who'd never been better than 25th at MIS, Sunday's formidable finish was nothing to shy away from. The Colombian’s best run of the year, and fourth top 10 in six races, elevated the 33-year-old to 14th in the standings -- leaving him a scant 43 points from the all-important Chase cutoff. Montoya’s ebullience was evident in his post-race comments, where in a telling moment, an often-temperamental driver wasn't afraid to shy away from spreading the love.

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Talking NASCAR TV: Bill Weber, You Lied To Us

Hello, race fans. Last weekend was a busy weekend, with the ARCA RE/MAX Series, Sprint Cup, and Truck Series at Michigan while the Nationwide Series raced in front of a near-sellout crowd in Kentucky. However, I’ll keep things relatively brief with the support series to start, because I’m going to bring on the vitriol towards TNT. Let's get right to it.

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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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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Lifelock 400 at Michigan Edition

“Give me fuel, give me fire, give me that which I desire,” may very well have been the lyrics Jimmie Johnson was banging his head to as his dominant No. 48 Chevy sputtered to the finish of Sunday’s LifeLock 400. The three-time champ absolutely dominated at Michigan, only surrendering the lead after the final pit sequence to Greg Biffle. Ironically enough, though, both Johnson and Biffle were a little too conservative on how much fuel they conserved at the end of the race, using too much gas racing each other in the closing laps and each falling short of fuel at the finish. Biffle managed to coast to 5th place, while Johnson ran out of fuel just past the pit road entrance. That meant he had to nurse his No. 48 for almost a full lap under power, relegating him to a 22nd place result. Despite the long, boring green flag runs Sunday, seeing some teams that needed good finishes actually had them injecting a bit of excitement into what was otherwise a yawner of a race. Here are some of those programs that are *HOT*, *WARM*, and *COLD* as the Cup Series motors away from Motor City.

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 LifeLock 400 at Michigan

_Each week, we’ll go through media reports, interviews, PR, and all of our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Sprint Cup race, capturing the story of how the weekend unfolded. It’s the most original commentary you’ll ever find: the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of the drivers, crew members, and car owners themselves. This week, here’s a peek at what the drivers were thinking following the LifeLock 400 at Michigan International Speedway:_ "Well, you know, this team deserves to be in the Chase, and we were on the outside looking in with all the trouble we've had. I went for the points, man. We ran out [of fuel], coming off of [turn] four. I told Rick (Hendrick, team owner) just please don't fire me. I qualified 32nd Friday night, and I was laying in bed just worrying about it. Heck, I love this stuff. I want to drive this car forever." _Mark Martin_

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