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NASCAR News for Thursday, September 24, 2009

NASCAR announces testing policy for 2010 On Wednesday, NASCAR announced that the testing ban instituted for this season will continue in the 2010 season; however, there are a couple of changes that should be noted. Like this season, race teams participating in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide, Camping World Truck, …

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Did You Notice? Liquor’s Love Affair Turned Divorce, Throwing Caution To The Wind, And Finding Earnhardt

*Did You Notice?* … NASCAR is so quick to throw a caution for “debris,” yet so hesitant when there’s actual danger on the race track? The first Chase race came packaged with its share of debris yellows; a total of three cautions that threatened to change the outcome of the race. Yet during the last lap, when A.J. Allmendinger’s car was stalled in the middle of the front straightaway, NASCAR held off until the cars were coming off of Turn 4 to throw the caution flag – a situation that left a number of drivers themselves scratching their heads.

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Mirror Driving: Montoya Or Martin Driving Dirty? A Cautionary Tale, And As The Tryson Turns

*Juan Pablo Montoya says Mark Martin played dirty at the end of the Cup race at New Hampshire. Is he a sore loser, or did Mark's reputation let him get away with one?* Bryan: Montoya is a sore loser. The Raisin did nothing that he hasn't done before. He raced hard and clean, JPM couldn't take the position. The end. Kurt: Post-race tempers — he'll get over it. It's about winning in the end, not politeness, and Martin is a competitor too.

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Top Ten Reasons Mark Martin Signed With Hendrick and GoDaddy.com through 2011

*10.* Wanted to keep Keselowski in a Penske PoS for another two years. *9.* Put a bug in Rick’s ear that Danica is probably just as big a cash cow as Junior. *8.* He isn’t eligible to qualify for NASCAR’s pension plan yet. *7.* Gets off on teasing others his age (or younger) that _have_ retired.

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Strong Chase Starts Not Always A Recipe For Championship Success

Following his fifth win of the season at Loudon this past Sunday, Mark Martin was sure he was dreaming. He had just won a race on one of the five tracks he had yet to score a victory on in the Sprint Cup Series, firing the first round in the 10-race Chase most never thought he'd be a part of again, much less lead the standings heading into Dover this weekend. In three prior playoff appearances, his best finish was a seventh in 2005, so this would surely help get things rolling towards that title that has eluded him in three different decades, right? “It’s a great way to start, but it’s one of 10, and it ain’t that big of a deal …” Ah, _there_ he is. The old Mark Martin...

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Frontstretch Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 Sylvania 300 at Loudon

Frontstretch Power Rankings
The first Chase race is finally behind us, with Mark Martin earning his season-high fifth win of the season at New Hampshire. It was one of the wilder races in the history of the one-mile oval, and that's reflected in a poll in which 11 of the top 13 drivers swapped spots this week. But while Martin's victory was good enough to hold onto the point lead, did he climb back to the top of _our_ list with last week's Frontstretch leader, Denny Hamlin, finishing second on Sunday? And while Juan Pablo Montoya in third roughed up half the field, was that aggressive attitude a turnoff for voters deciding whether he fits the bill of this year's Chase Cinderella? You'll have to read below to find out, but the votes came in a whole lot closer than you might have thought. Looking a little further back, there's plenty of drivers out of the playoffs but fighting to be a part of our list, with Kyle Busch, David Reutimann, and Clint Bowyer among those looking to spoil a poll party filled with championship contenders. But which RCR driver's poor finish cost him a spot on our list? Read this week’s rankings to see whose bulbs burned bright and whose burned out in this week’s top 15.

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Full Throttle – Phillip Morris Wins Again With a Little Different Style

The Whelen All-American Series national championship was settled a little differently this season. Phillip Morris came into the last race with a comfortable lead this year, and a second place finish was enough to wrap up the title for him. Last year, and in 2006, when Morris won his two …

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NASCAR News for Wednesday, September 23, 2009

NASCAR Seeks Expert Analysis of Mayfield, Offers New Evidence The AP is reporting that on Monday, representatives of NASCAR asked federal judge Graham Mullen to force suspended former racer Jeremy Mayfield to report for a “psychiatric, neuropsychological and physical examination” sometime in the month of November. NASCAR has already chosen …

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Juan Pablo Montoya Shows 2010 Championship Credentials in 100th Start

All told, it was a damn fine weekend for Juan Pablo Montoya. Not only did he sit on the pole – smashing the previous track record – he was on top of the speed charts at every practice, led the most laps (105, 37 more than the next-highest total) and finished third on the day, pipped on the final corner for second place by a hard-charging Denny Hamlin. Given that the irascible Colombian had nary a top 10 in his five previous visits to Loudon (19th, 23rd, 32nd, 17th, and a high water mark of 12th back in late June) such effort was all the more impressive.

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