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Full Throttle – New Year, Same Old Song and Dance

With the dawn of 2009, NASCAR embarked on a new journey, racing without testing. Well, at least greatly reduced testing. With the economy in such bad shape, NASCAR thought it would be the best thing for all of the teams to control costs by focusing their efforts in the shop …

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NASCAR News for Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Faulty Parts Cause Engine Troubles for Mark Martin, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Concering HMS engine troubles that surfaced in Sunday’s Auto Club 500, ESPN reported on Tuesday that, according to Doug Duchardt, Vice President of Development for Hendrick Motorsports, “both cars had valve train failures that were related to a specific …

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NASCAR News for Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Stewart’s No. 14 Team Takes Top Honors While Matt Kenseth’s crew got plenty of attention for their super fast pit stops that put their driver in position to win, it was Tony Stewart’s Darien Grubb lead No. 14 crew that took the Tissot Pit Road Precision Award Sunday night at …

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The Track Too Tough To Watch: How To Change The Boredom At California With One Simple Fix

As you've likely read plenty of places over the past 48 hours, the Auto Club Speedway is a much maligned venue - arguably the least popular of the twenty-two tracks on the Sprint Cup circuit. Interest is sparse, attendance is -- to put it politely -- “not the best,” and in general fans breathe a sigh of relief when the haulers pull out of the West Coast circuit and head for the dubious delights of Sin City. There are many miles to be run and many races to scratch off the slate (thankfully) before we return to Fontana; but like it or not, the Auto Club Speedway is going to matter much more than ever before in 2009.

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Beyond The Cockpit: Joey Logano On Patience, Pressure, And… His Personal Car?

_Joey Logano entered Sprint Cup this season as the most talented 18-year-old in the NASCAR record books to date. At Kentucky last June, he set a record as the youngest driver ever to visit Victory Lane in the Nationwide Series, setting the racing community on notice that he was primed for superstardom earlier than anyone might have ever believed._ _Our own Doug Turnbull sat down with Logano in Atlanta following a difficult Daytona 500 to talk with him about the pressure surrounding the hype of being NASCAR's next big thing, what his support system has been like ... and whether he really does enjoy life behind the camera as much as on the race track._

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Talking NASCAR TV: Race Coverage at Fontana Improves… But Digger Still Lurks In The Shadows

After the pomp and circumstance that is typical of the Daytona 500, NASCAR teams moved on to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California for a tripleheader weekend. Before we begin, as you may remember I was quite critical of FOX’s broadcast of the Daytona 500 -- most notably the lack of any mention of rain up until seemingly lap 85 or so. Well, I've had an email exchange with Mike Joy since then, and Joy’s take on the issue was that they didn’t want to jump to conclusions too quickly.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Auto Club 500 at Fontana Edition

Curtains have fallen on the first “real” race of the season, as NASCAR's 2009 debut on the West Coast proceeded as many California races have before. Long green flag runs and a strung out field are the best ways to describe an event where the majority of the cars struggled with handling, leaving only a select few drivers to find themselves with a real shot at the win. Adding to the boredom was the dominance of a select few. Kyle Busch came close to scoring the first “hat trick” in NASCAR history, finishing third in the Cup race while scoring impressive wins in both the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series events.

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 Auto Club 500 at Fontana

"Just great team, great crew, great, great engines. You need everything to go right, really, to win these races. Our car handled really good all day, and we had excellent pit stops. Drew and Chip came up with changing a couple of things, and got it just good enough at the end. It wasn’t easy -- but it was just good enough to hold them off." _Matt Kenseth_

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The California Dream: 70 Degrees and Sunny

Long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away… Ok, maybe not so long ago. But back when California didn’t grace our racing calendar, when the race after Daytona was truly the start of the season–we’d hunker down and get to it. It was probably cold. The skies were likely …

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Numbers Game: 2009 Auto Club 500 at Fontana

1.463 Matt Kenseth‘s margin of victory over Jeff Gordon Sunday in the Auto Club 500. 3 Number of times winner Kenseth led the Auto Club 500 Sunday. 3 hours, 40 minutes, 51 seconds Time it took to complete the Auto Club 500. 5 Drivers failed to qualify for the Auto …

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