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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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Running Their Mouth: 2009 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen

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 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen: "I was watching (Ambrose). There were parts of the track where we were stronger than he was, and there were parts of the track where he was stronger than us. I think we were stronger in the parts of the track that we needed to be in order to hold him off if he got any closer." _Race winner Tony Stewart_

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Marcos Ambrose’s Pit Strategy Doomed His Chances at Watkins Glen

Marcos Ambrose came into Watkins Glen International for Monday’s Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen as a legitimate favorite to win the event. His No. 47 had been the quickest in both practice sessions on Saturday, and he had a lot of confidence coming into the race. He thought that Monday might have been the day that he could have picked up his first career Sprint Cup victory. However, it was not meant to be. Why, you ask?

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Big Six: 2009 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips At the Glen

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Predictable? Probably. But how can you not be impressed with the run Marcos Ambrose put together at the Glen? After having the fastest car in final practice and winning the Nationwide Series race, Ambrose drove an underfunded, underpowered racecar to a second-place finish …

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Tony Stewart Records Record-Breaking Fifth Win at Watkins Glen

Tony Stewart had an okay qualifying effort on Friday afternoon, placing his No. 14 Old Spice Chevrolet Impala SS 13th on the grid. Before the race was postponed on Sunday, Stewart said that he would like the weather to warm up, allowing the track to get slippery. He got his …

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Those Top 12 Teams… Some Random Thoughts

Well, here we are. It’s August and the Chase is just about on our doorstep. Nobody can stop talking about two people, Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch. I suppose it’s all well and good, but right now there are a few other noteworthy individuals currently in the top 12 who …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen

Marcos Ambrose’s aggression, especially on the road courses, is no secret. Still, it was apparently news to Kyle Busch. Busch, who was leading with less than 20 laps to go, was chugging along the backstretch towards the “bus stop” chicane, only to have Ambrose dive bomb the entry to the turn. Ambrose’s perfectly executed move left Busch visibly shaken; instead of a usual brash trading of paint, Busch instead slowed in the chicane’s runoff straightaway, allowing Ambrose to pass before taking back to the track. And while he managed to finish second behind the Aussie, Busch was none too happy with Ambrose’s aggression on the track. Said Ambrose, “I had to surprise him. And I did.”

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Beyond the Cockpit: Andy Lally on Making His Cup Debut

_Andy Lally is one of the best drivers the Grand Am series has to offer. The three-time champion already has two wins this season, continuing to add to a record number of top 3 and top 5 finishes in the series. With two 24 Hours of Daytona victories under his belt, it would seem the 34-year-old has accomplished everything he's set out to do in road racing._ _That's why it's not surprising to see one of auto racing's best looking to broaden his horizons just a bit. In a revealing interview with our Phil Allaway, Lally talks stock car racing on the eve of his first Sprint Cup start in the No. 71 TRG Motorsports Chevy, hoping a solid run Monday will be a springboard to bigger and better things._

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Marcos Ambrose Successfully Defends His Crystal in the Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen

Marcos Ambrose is a forgetful person, apparently. As part of his prize last year for winning at Watkins Glen, he was presented with a golden lighter, courtesy of Zippo. He then proceeded to lose the lighter. It eventually popped up randomly a few months later. Now, he’s got a second …

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Jimmie Johnson Claims the Coors Light Pole at Watkins Glen

In the pre-qualifying press conferences at Watkins Glen, a reoccurring theme in some of the questioning was the idea that Jimmie Johnson needs to win on a road course in order for him to be considered “complete” as a Sprint Cup legend. On Friday afternoon, Jimmie put himself in position …

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