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Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: Chase Race #3 Edition

There have been far more defining races at Kansas Speedway, as far as points are concerned, than Sunday’s Price Chopper 400 -- where everyone left with virtually the status quo. However, Mark Martin and Jimmie Johnson, one and two in the Chase both going into and leaving the race, let the standings behind them compress, as while despite starting the day on Row 1 they finished 7th and 9th. Because of clever strategy and a fast pit stop, Tony Stewart grabbed the lead during the last caution sequence and held off a hard-charging Jeff Gordon to win the event. But Chasers took nine of the top 10 finishing spots, leaving little room for other drivers to show much muscle and making the early “Jimmie Johnson wins the 2009 title at Dover” declarations look silly (especially since Mark Martin has led the points the whole Chase). By the way, drivers leading the standings after Race 3 have won three of the five Chases to date. But I digress... Anyways, here are this week’s *HOT*, *WARM*, and *COLD* drivers of the week – as always, keep in mind that these are not in any kind of order nor are they the full list of every driver in each category.

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Running Their Mouth: Price Chopper 400

_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 they all were thinking following the Price Chopper 400 presented by Kraft Foods at Kansas Speedway:_ "This is a proud moment. To win the manufacturers' title for Chevy by winning this race is awesome. Chevrolet has been a big part of my career, and General Motors, in general, has. To be the team that wins the race today and locks down the championship for them is a huge sense of pride for us." _Tony Stewart on winning the manufacturers' title_

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Numbers Game: Price Chopper 400

2 hours, 55 minutes, 13 seconds Time it took to complete the Price Chopper 400. 3 Drivers failed to qualify for the Price Chopper 400. (No. 04 David Gilliland, No. 36 Michael McDowell, No. 37 Kevin Hamlin) 4 Career Cup wins for Stewart Haas Racing after Tony Stewart’s trip to …

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Five Reasons Why Johnson’s Chase For History Is Chasing Away NASCAR’s Fan Base

Tony Stewart won the race at Kansas, but much of the focus continues to revolve around the man who finished 9th. After leading for much of the day Sunday, Jimmie Johnson's team opened the door to their rivals with a rare pit road strategy mistake, with a four-tire stop at the wrong time keeping them from whooping the field and all but officially taking control of their bid for four straight titles. Considering the No. 48 car's track record (and entering the day as the race’s defending champ) this race was where most of its competitors expected the door to get slammed in their face. Instead, Johnson left them all with a ray’s worth of hope going forward. But at this point, that’s all it is.

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Five Points to Ponder: Chase Race #3 Edition

*Should NASCAR have warned Brad Keselowski to not race as hard around Chase contenders?* One of the more shocking moments in Sunday’s race, part-time Cup driver Brad Keselowski was warned to not drive as aggressive around the Chasers. I’m sorry, isn’t this racing? Aren’t these 43 drivers trying to win? NASCAR telling a driver to not race some teams as hard as others is one of the more embarrassing things the sanctioning body has ever done.

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Bubble Breakdown: Menard Spins Out Early While Andretti Runs Dry Late

Well, it didn’t take long for the bubble teams to find trouble at Kansas. A lap 7 spin by Paul Menard collected several cars, ending the day for one backmarker while ruining it for another. Meanwhile, the head-to-head duel came down to the last few laps between John Andretti and Scott Speed, with one driver’s team miscalculating their fuel mileage and running dry with two laps to go. So to see where everyone sits after Sunday's race and how the drama played out, read on in this week’s edition of the Bubble Breakdown. *Focusing on the Bubble:* I can only wonder what Scott Speed would give to have his qualifying lap at Infineon back. Sitting comfortably in the top 10, he overdrove the second-to-last turn and went off course, resulting in the team missing the race. While there was no guarantee of a good finish back then, the car was obviously good and the team now so desperately needs those points to make the top 35.

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Keselowski Ending Hendrick Tenure On A High Note

*Summary:* Brad Keselowski proved that his career best third starting position was no fluke in the beginning laps of the Price Chopper 400, as the rookie raced in the top 3 from the drop of the green flag until the first round of pit stops. It was then that his GoDaddy.com pit crew pulled off a lightning quick stop, as they got their driver out in front of teammate Dale Earnhardt, Jr. to take the lead. The neon green Chevy would not remain there for long, however, as another teammate, Jimmie Johnson would overtake Keselowski up front after only one lap. Still, the fifth Hendrick driver mixed it up with the leaders all afternoon, and at one point even rubbed fenders with Juan Montoya as the two fought for the same real estate coming off of turn 4, eliciting a warning from NASCAR to be careful around the Chase contenders.

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: Kansas Lottery 300

After Steve Wallace and Kyle Busch tangled on pit road last season following the Spring race at Richmond, Wallace was soon after seen sporting a T-shirt that depicted him grabbing the M&M's driver by the horns. It was a reference to the incident where Wallace grabbed the face of Busch's helmet. Well, he must have given that shirt to Joey Logano at some point, because Busch's JGR teammate has got his number in 2009. For the fourth time this season, Logano passed Busch with less than 10 laps to go and went on to victory in the Nationwide Series. For Busch, it marked not only the fourth time this year where he lost a race late to Logano, but also the eighth time he led the most laps and failed to win (Busch dominated Saturday, leading 173 of the 200 laps run).

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Secret Star / Stat Week

Secret Star Of The Race / The Best Run You Never Saw Ever so quietly, Casey Mears has been building a case to have a Cup ride somewhere in 2010. Still considered a candidate to drive the No. 07 car if sponsorship comes through, he’s quietly taken that RCR Chevy …

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