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NASCAR News for Wednesday, May 27, 2009

NASCAR Holds Mandatory Meeting for Cup Drivers, Owners On Tuesday, NASCAR held a mandatory meeting for all Sprint Cup drivers and owners at the NASCAR Research and Development Center in Concord, NC. The summit was designed to be an open forum for drivers and owners to ask questions of NASCAR …

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 Coca-Cola 600

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 …

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NASCAR’s Memorial Day Tribute: Racing with the Red, White and Blue

It happens at the beginning of almost every race; the Star Spangled Banner ends to a rousing round of applause from the stands closely followed by the thundering roar from a flight of F-14’s. Each time I experience this combination of patriotism and muscular display of our nation’s military, I get goosebumps. Mostly, I share a smile with those fans standing next to me while my husband frantically clicks off a bunch of shots on his camera. Besides the reverberation in my blood, there is a greater point to that moment. Perhaps the musicians are talented and the jets are really impressive, but it’s too easy to forget exactly what it is we are experiencing. And I don’t mean the prelude to “Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!”

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Talking NASCAR TV: Impartiality Needs To Be Worked On Across All Fronts

Hello race fans. The Memorial Day weekend is traditionally the busiest racing weekend of the year. In addition to the Cup Series’ Coca-Cola 600, the IndyCar Series has their revered Indianapolis 500 on the same day, or at least they normally do. Because of rain in Charlotte, the Sprint Cup race was pushed to Monday at noon. There is also the Grand Prix of Monaco, Formula One’s most prestigious and glamorous event. Also, it’s quite possibly the toughest track to pass on in the series, in addition to the narrowest and the slowest. There’s a reason why the Grand Prix of Monaco is only 260km instead of 305km (standard length for a Formula One race).

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Joey Logano Earns Third Top 10 Finish at the “Lake at Lowe’s”

*Joey Logano:* *Start: 14th; Finish: 9th* *Summary:* Joey Logano rolled off the starting grid in the 14th position when the green flag finally waived for the Coca-Cola 600 on Monday afternoon. The rookie, who just turned 19 years young on Sunday, celebrated by keeping his name mixed with the leaders for virtually the entire afternoon. By lap 15 he was already in the top 10 battling with the likes of Juan Pablo Montoya, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson among others. On lap 133, crew chief Greg Zipadelli elected to keep his driver out during a pit stop cycle just long enough to lead one lap. It was the second race in a row that Logano lead.

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Bubble Breakdown: Rain Plays Into The Hands Of Gordon While Riggs Rains On Baldwin’s Parade

Well the 24 hours of Charlotte finally came to an end late Monday afternoon. And the 50th running of the Coca Cola 600 was dominated by Kyle Busch and the weather. The race never went green on Sunday and suffered rain delays again on Monday before finally being called and producing a surprise winner. So to see which bubble teams gambled on the weather and won, and which wound up all wet, read on in this week’s edition of the bubble breakdown.

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Big Six: 2009 Coca-Cola 600

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? David Reutimann won Monday’s Coke 600, despite scratching up the right side of the No. 00 Aaron’s Toyota. Crew chief Rodney Childers’ call for the ‘Franchise’ to stay out, instead of pitting, before the race’s final caution flag put the Michael Waltrip Racing …

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David Reutimann Wins Rain-Shortened Coca-Cola 600

You can’t fool Mother Nature. Try as they might, NASCAR was unable to keep the race track dry after the final of four rain showers that doused the speedway today. After 227 laps, 340 and a half miles, the race was called official and David Reutimann played pit strategy, staying out when the rest of the field came in for their pit stop on what turned out to be the final caution. Coming from 14th place to the lead, Reutimann scored his first victory in NASCAR’s top series. Reutimann is now the 20th driver to have completed the NASCAR trifecta, winning a race in Cup, Nationwide and Trucks.

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Numbers Game: 2009 Coca-Cola 600

1st Career Sprint Cup victory for Coca-Cola 600 winner David Reutimann in 75 starts. 1 Number of times winner Reutimann led the Coca-Cola 600 Monday. 1 Career Cup win for owner Michael Waltrip after Reutimann’s trip to Victory Lane on Monday. 1 Car moved to the rear of the field …

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