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Brian Vickers’ Quiet Confidence Pays Off In Spades

In five plus years at the Cup Series level, Brian Vickers has never shied away from taking chances. But even one of the sport’s biggest risk takers found himself feeling the heat during the final few laps of a sizzling summer day at Michigan. And why wouldn’t he? One simple sputter in the fuel tank is all it would take to make his Chase bid go bust; and with the team trying to stretch their mileage 51 laps, crew chief Ryan Pemberton had the fuel tank running out at 49.

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Rookie Joey Logano’s Inadvertent Pit Call Leads to a Top 10 Finish

It was a day where Joey Logano reminded us that he was still a rookie and then demonstrated how much he has grown as a driver by recovering from it. After running in the top 15 for most of the race, miscommunication put the driver in the precarious position of being up front, but having to pit off sequence.

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Underdog Bubbles Burst While John Andretti Beats Scott Speed on Fuel Mileage

*Breaking Down The Bubble:* The last few weeks, John Andretti’s radio has been a little livelier than normal. Instead of just lap times and car positioning, John has been requesting to know where the No. 82 car is on the track. That's because Red Bull Toyota has beaten Andretti’s No. 34 Chevrolet the last three races, slowly closing the gap between the teams. This type of behavior is called "looking over your shoulder;" but as Speed applies more pressure, John will only be looking more and more. So to see if Speed did just that at Michigan, read on in this week’s edition of the Bubble Breakdown. *Focusing on the bubble:* *Scott Speed and his No. 82 Red Bull Team* thoroughly dominated *John Andretti’s No. 34 Carfax Chevrolet* right up until two laps to go on Sunday afternoon.

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 CARFAX 250 at Michigan

Brian Vickers dominated from the pole on Saturday, and when he didn’t lead, Kyle Busch did. Neither of them won. Racing hard with two laps to go, Vickers got loose in the exit of turn 3 and broke the momentum of second-place Busch catching the car, allowing none other than the hometown hero, Brad Keselowski, to shoot to the high side. Though Busch and Vickers managed to keep up with Keselowski down the backstretch on the final lap, Keselowski’s position on the high side of the track provided him with enough momentum to steal his third Nationwide victory of the 2009 season.

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Big Six: 2009 Carfax 400 at Michigan

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Sometimes it’s not about being the fastest or having a brilliant pit strategy that nobody else can figure out, or outsmarting another driver in the last turn. Sometimes it’s just about patience and knowing that you don’t have the car to win, but …

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Diamonds In the Rough: Five Drivers Having a Great 2009, Not That You’ve Seen It On TV

NASCAR broadcasts these days are, as many fans complain, not exactly equitable in how they dole out airtime to drivers. While one guy (you fill in the name) will be on TV throughout the broadcast no matter where he is running, another (fill in that guy too) might be having a great run-and you hardly see him. At the end of the race, when they show the results, you look and think, ‘I had no idea.’ Sometimes it seems as though that scenario is a microcosm for NASCAR as a whole. Some guys make the news because they are running well-while others are exceeding expectations and you hardly hear a word about it. A few actually get more press for running bad than some of the frontrunners. There are a few drivers who have very quietly put together decent seasons without fanfare. They all might not make the Chase, but all things considered, are having much better seasons than the press (or lack thereof) suggest. Check out these five hidden gems, who are quietly putting together a better season than some who make the news (but shall remain nameless).

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Don’t Blame Us For NASCAR’s Decline

Recently I stumbled on an article by Richard Allen on “Racing With Rich”, pointing out the recent abandonment of NASCAR by companies like DeWalt and AllState, and to a lesser extent, Lowe’s and possibly Jack Daniel’s. In the article Allen compares NASCAR to a sinking ship, proclaiming that it simply isn’t worth it for sponsors to spend the money as NASCAR’s ratings and attendance continue to fall. Nothing Allen said in the article was untrue, although he didn’t delve too deeply into the contracts or the individual reasons behind the departure of each corporation. But he received an angry rebuttal from one Eddie D’Hondt, owner of the newly formed D’Hondt Motorsports and a longtime insider at NASCAR.

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Driven to the Past: A Few Short Stories…

As I’ve said before, one of the neatest things about going back to O’Reilly Raceway Park for the Kroger SpeedFest was meeting old friends. However, there was another thing that came up which I had completely forgotten about, and the significance of which I didn’t realize. After the Kroger 200 on Saturday evening, winner Carl Edwards commented that it was one of his favorite tracks, and added that he had gotten his first race win ever on that .686-mile oval, in a Baby Grand event.

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David Starr Driver Diary: Top 10s, Pit Rules and Hanging with Sam Bass

It’s been two months since my last diary, and I have to say, I am really excited about the way my Harris Motorsports team has been performing over the last couple of months. Jim Harris put together such a great team, and I have to give a bunch of credit to my crew chief Jason Miller and everybody who works on the No. 24 Zachry Toyota Tundra for all of their hard work. The preparation that they do at the race shop before we even go to the track has helped out tremendously. We’ve also had a lot of help from Toyota’s engineers that has been instrumental. In the last five races, we’ve had four top 10 finishes and a few of those should have been top 5, if not victories. At Kentucky, our biggest problem was that we got into the back of a truck that almost stopped right in front of me, and when I hit him, it did some damage to the front bumper. We didn’t have a great truck, but we overcame a lot of stuff during that race and showed how good we can be when we keep digging.

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Tearing Apart the Trucks: Timothy Peters Closes in on First Career Win

This weekend, the Camping World Truck Series continues to take a break while getting prepared for their annual mid-week show at Bristol Motor Speedway next Wednesday. When the trucks take the track, Ron Hornaday, Jr. will look to extend his record of consecutive wins to six. One driver who would like to see that streak broken is Timothy Peters.

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