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Talking NASCAR TV: 2009 All-Star Race Not The Best Showcase For SPEED

Hello, fans. While the All-Star Race highlights the best drivers the Cup Series has to offer, the rest of the weekend itself has always been relatively lean on actual official racing. The Nationwide Series took the weekend off, along with Formula 1, while the Camping World Truck Series raced a support race Friday night. But the best television story in what was a rough weekend had to be the IndyCar Series, which finished qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 this past weekend. I just want to take the next few sentences and talk about this just a little before moving on.

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Top Ten Ways Tony Stewart Will Spend His Million

*10.* A new, and this time housebroken, monkey. *9.* FINALLY pay off _in full_ the group of psychologists for his anger management sessions -- including the medical bills for the black eye given to one of them. *8.* Hire a goon to beat up people who still call him “Anthony.”

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 Sprint All-Star Race

_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 Sprint All-Star Race at Lowe's Motor Speedway:_ "I can't believe he (Matt Kenseth) gave me the bottom. But I'll take it. Matt (Kenseth) is a guy you can trust. I'm so proud of everyone on this Office Depot / Old Spice team. They've been an awesome group of guys to work with, and that's the most gratifying part about it. It's about seeing those guys and seeing them celebrating and smiling in Victory Lane when I got there. There's no check you can write in any amount that's going to make up for that or take the place of it." _Tony Stewart_

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Numbers Game: 2009 Sprint All-Star Race

0.971 Tony Stewart‘s margin of victory over Matt Kenseth Saturday in the Sprint All-Star Race. 1 Number of times winner Stewart led the Sprint All-Star Race Saturday. 1 Driver transferred the the Sprint All-Star Race through a fan vote. (No. 20, Joey Logano) 1 hour, 30 minutes, 47 seconds Time …

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Penske Teams Running Up Front: What’s With That?

Hendrick, Hendrick, Roush, Hendrick, Gibbs, Hendrick, Stewart… Hendrick Oh yes, don’t forget Petty. It seems like those names are all that exist in the Sprint Cup world. And yet, I’ve noticed an odd blip on the radar this year. It’s been getting bigger and more persistent. Could it be? Has …

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Patience Equals Power For Tony Stewart As Both Owner And Driver

_He that can have patience, can have what he will._ - Benjamin Franklin For over a decade, Tony Stewart was never confused with being a patient man. After all, the driver nicknamed Smoke for his infamous temper tantrums on and off the track won his first Cup title while under probation for punching a track photographer after a bad day. Those types of incidents throughout his career left more than a few skeptics on the fence this season as Stewart made his debut as an owner/driver in NASCAR. For them, it wasn't a matter of _if_ he could keep his frustrations from boiling over into an ugly mess... but when. Turns out somewhere during these last three months, Stewart found a way to turn down the heat on that stove.

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Five Points to Ponder: NASCAR Notes From The Week

*Claritin unclear* Apparently, this whole Jeremy Mayfield soap opera isn’t going away anytime soon. The latest episode saw Mayfield in the infield at Lowe’s Saturday night for the Sprint Showdown, a violation of the terms surrounding his indefinite suspension. He was eventually escorted off the premises... but not before taking some more shots at the sport that banned him in the first place. A defiant Mayfield claimed he is considering legal action to override his suspension, and currently has no plans to go through the rehab process -- a requirement in order for reinstatement to be considered.

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Tracking the Trucks: 2009 North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte

*In a Nutshell:* Ron Hornaday, Jr. took the checkered flag 1.669 seconds ahead of Kyle Busch to win the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 Friday night at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Hornaday, Jr. held off a hard charge from Busch on the final restart with 23 laps remaining to score his 40th career Camping World Truck Series win. Matt Crafton, Ryan Newman, and Terry Cook rounded out the Top 5. *Who Should Have Won: Kyle Busch.* Busch started on the pole after the field was set by owner's points due to a qualifying rainout.

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Big Six: 2009 Sprint All-Star Race

*Who…gets my shoutout of the race?* I’m going to take a hard right turn from the norm and award a winner in this. He wasn’t the million-dollar winner, but I’d be willing to bet that *Sam Hornish, Jr.* felt like a million dollars after winning the Sprint Showdown. While not an official points race, the victory was Hornish’s first in a stock car. While due credit should be given to improving Penske equipment, Hornish is doing a fair job of steady improvement himself these days. Sure, the big names werne’t there to contend with, but Hornish proved his mettle against the best of the rest on Saturday.

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