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Beyond the Cockpit: Brian Vickers on Luck, Teammates, and Jumping Out of a Perfectly Good Airplane

Amy Henderson: What do you think that next step is as far as winning races? It certainly looks like your team is right there every week. Brian Vickers: We’ve accomplished a lot. I feel like we’ve had some work to do -- on the driver’s part, on the team’s part, in the race shop. But above and beyond that, I feel like we just need to have a little bit of luck...

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Talking NASCAR TV: Lack of On-Track Action Hurts All Broadcasts at Chicagoland

Hello, race fans. Chicagoland Speedway brought us some more rain on Friday, but thankfully, it did not cancel any sessions. Instead, the racing Friday and Saturday night suffered from a different problem: it was rather spread out and kind of boring. In fact, there hadn’t been so much as a spinout all weekend until 55 laps remained in the Cup race. How did the lack of racing on the track affect the TV coverage itself? Let’s see...

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NASCAR on TNT A Breath of Fresh Air After FOX Hype

The Sprint Cup season is now over halfway home. Can you believe it? I know I can’t. In fact, it only seems like yesterday Elliott Sadler was leading a rain-threatened Daytona 500 bemoaning his lack of luck… and heck, we all know how that turned out. So, with 19 races in the books, seven races to go until the Chase, and a rare off weekend ahead, we reach the final broadcasting transition of the season as ESPN, the “Worldwide Leader in Sports” takes over for the stretch run following a terrific six-race spell by TNT.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Lifelock.com 400 at Chicagoland Edition

The twosome of NASCAR races at Chicagoland Speedway this weekend seemed to be shaping up in the same, slow way that we have come to grow used to at Joliet, Illinois' cookie-cutter track. On Friday, the Nationwide Series race was nothing more than a parade of small floats attempting to give chase to the behemoth balloon that is the Joe Gibbs Racing's Toyota-powered team. Saturday’s Cup race wasn't much better, as the nose of Mark Martin’s Kellogg’s Chevy inhaled clean air and simply dominated, surrendering the point only to Hendrick teammate Jimmie Johnson at times. Then, all of a sudden, came those last 50 laps…

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 Lifelock.com 400 at Chicagoland

"I've been watching [Ron] Hornaday, [Jr.]. I just knew this double-file restart was going to cost us. That was fun! That's what life's all about right there. These guys deserve to win. We could have parked the car yesterday with an hour left in practice. But you know, the best car doesn't usually win. The double file restarts are to mess the best car up so he doesn't win to make it good for the fans. And it did; but luckily, we pulled it off anyway." _Mark Martin_ "We had our struggles. It was an incredible call that [crew chief] Steve Letarte made, and the whole pit crew just did a fantastic job getting us off pit road. Got to thank the Patriot Academy and DuPont. It's a privilege having them on board. We could certainly use a night like this. We're really strong and showing them what we're made of on these [intermediate] tracks." _Jeff Gordon, finished 2nd_

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Numbers Game: 2009 LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland

2 Cars dropped to the rear of the field before the start of the LifeLock.com 400. (No. 34 John Andretti and No. 71 David Gilliland – both for Engine Changes) 2 hours, 59 minutes, 39 seconds Time it took to complete the LifeLock.com 400. 3 Drivers failed to qualify for …

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NASCAR: Take Your Double-File Restarts to the Back of the Class

Ok folks, I’m gonna try not to rant. It’s gonna be difficult, but I will make an effort. Whose idiotic idea was double file restarts anyway? This sensation sweeping through the highest echelons of our sport seems to indicate we’ve found something new. That is just malarkey… bologna… cow pies… …

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As The Cookie Cutter Crumbles: NASCAR’s Intermediate Track Boom Turned Bust

So many are disgusted with the racing that went on Saturday night at Chicagoland. But to understand the present, we need to take a look at the past, reminding ourselves of the story how tracks like the much-maligned 1.5-mile oval ever came to be in the first place. It was the mid-1990s, and NASCAR couldn’t be healthier. With then-Wonder Boy Jeff Gordon winning his first championship at age 24, the sport was enjoying his budding rivalry with seven-time champion Dale Earnhardt, Sr. Other veterans like Mark Martin, Rusty Wallace, and Ricky Rudd were still in the prime of their careers, doing battle with up and comers like the Burton Brothers, Bobby Labonte, and a suddenly successful Dale Jarrett.

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Five Points to Ponder: 2009 Lifelock 400 at Chicagoland Edition

*ONE: Will Martin Truex Jr. make the Chase in his first year at MWR?* *_Fan Vote -- YES: 63%; NO: 38%_* It was a move Martin Truex, Jr. had to make. The No. 1 Earnhardt-Ganassi team has been in disarray all season long, and Truex has felt the effects with just three top 10s and a current 24th spot in the driver standings. A move to Michael Waltrip Racing may not be a jump to a perennial powerhouse, but it’s a move that could reap benefits as both David Reutimann and Marcos Ambrose have shown that the team does harness potential. The million dollar question is, though, will the partnership between Truex and Waltrip lead to a Chase berth in 2010?

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