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Jimmie Johnson Bests Mark Martin to Win 2009 Brickyard 400

The 16th running of the Brickyard 400 saw the first repeat winner of the event. Jimmie Johnson made a furious late race maneuver to get past Mark Martin on a restart and then held off the oldest pole winner in Speedway history to claim his second 400 in two years and third of his career. Johnson led 24 laps, the last 24 of the race, to claim the victory. It is Johnson’s 43 victory of his Sprint Cup career.

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2009 Brickyard 400 – Post-Race Interviews

After the Brickyard 400, the top three finishers, the rookie of the race, the winning crew chief and the winning car owner were in the media interview room for questions and answers. Here are some of the highlights

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2009 Brickyard 400 Qualifying Recap

After a long, soggy morning, the cars finally took to the track for qualifying at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at 2:00. Sam Hornish was the first car on the track with green conditions after heavy rain overnight and occasional showers during the morning cleaned off the rubber that had been laid down yesterday. Hornish set the initial bar at 50.166 seconds with a speed of 179.404 miles per hour.

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2009 Brickyard 400 – Second Practice Recap

Carl Edwards was the first car on the track for the second practice session. The majority of the teams queried stated they were going to work on qualifying runs during this session. Greg Biffle did admit that his last run during the first session was a qualifying run and that was reflected by him posting the fastest time of the session. Local weather forecasters are predicting a 40% chance of scattered showers tomorrow during the time qualifying is scheduled. The teams are still taking the time to work on their qualifying setup in anticipation of the 60% chance of no rain.

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2009 Brickyard 400 – First Practice Recap

At 2:00 PM the cars took to the track for the first practice session of the weekend. John Andretti was the first driver to complete a lap in front of a crowd of over 10,000 people. Early in the session Jimmie Johnson was second fastest but did some minor damage to the right rear quarter panel somewhere during his initial laps.

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4th Circuit Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of NASCAR

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today ruled in favor of NASCAR in the case against Jeremy Mayfield on Friday. The courts decision reinstates the suspension of Mayfield pending a full hearing of the case. NASCAR issued the following statement in regards to the decision: “We are pleased with …

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NASCAR News for Friday, July 24, 2009

Dewalt Out As Sponsor Of No. 17 Car In 2010 Roush Fenway Racing announced on Thursday that Dewalt Power Tools, the longtime sponsor of the No. 17 Ford driven by Matt Kenseth, will not be renewing their sponsorship of the car in 2010. “We would like to thank DEWALT for …

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In Case You Missed It: Friday, July 24, 2009

Kansas Speedway Holding Blood Drive On September 8 Kansas Speedway has teamed up with the American Red Cross for an upcoming blood drive at the track this September 8, from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM. “We look forward to working with the American Red Cross on this blood drive,” said …

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Blue Smoke and Burnt Rubber: Chapter 12

St. Louis Speedway Infield Chris sought out a table at the edge of the massive tent, away from the spotlights and sea of media by the stage. The sound system made it impossible to exchange anything but a grin with anybody else. The beat rattled the round tables and thrummed …

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Jeremy Mayfield Drama Exposes NASCAR’s Credibility Problem

It has been interesting to read the articles and comments devoted to the Mayfield mess. The surprise is the amount of fans in Mayfield’s corner. Some are lashing out at the institution of NASCAR as if it were a driver who had just wrecked their hero; others are presenting reasonable and thoughtful scenarios where Mayfield truly could be innocent. Fox Sports conducted a poll asking people who they believe in the controversy. 25% sided with Mayfield. That isn’t a majority, but it’s a lot for a guy who failed two drug tests. But forget the poll—why does Fox even ask the question?

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