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Running Their Mouth: Subway Fresh Fit 500K

"He [Rick Hendrick] makes dreams come true. I watched Tim Richmond win after he was sick, [and] this is as big a deal to me. Arlene [Martin's wife], thank you for letting me do it. I knew Tony Stewart was good for awhile... I knew I had the opportunity to lose it. But Tony raced me clean." _Mark Martin, race winner_ "You can't say you're unhappy running second, especially to Mark Martin. It's good to see him still kicking butt. It just shows a guy like him can kick our butts like everyone else... Really proud of Darian Grubb and all the guys on this team. I can taste it. I know it's coming." _Tony Stewart, finished 2nd_

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NASCAR News for Tuesday, April 21, 2009

FOX Sees Ratings Fall at Phoenix The ratings numbers that came out following Saturday night’s race at Phoenix certainly didn’t have the same feel good story behind them that Mark Martin’s win did. Overnight ratings show a 18% decrease in viewership over last year’s race and an all-time low for …

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Numbers Game: 2009 Subway Fresh Fit 500k at Phoenix

0.734 Mark Martin‘s margin of victory over Tony Stewart Saturday in the Subway Fresh Fit 500k. 2 hours, 53 minutes, 16 seconds Time it took to complete the Subway Fresh Fit 500k. 5 Drivers failed to qualify for the Subway Fresh Fit 500k. (No. 64 Todd Bodine, No. 41 Jeremy …

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Wondering “Where Does Ask.com Get These Ideas”?

I’ve always maintained the opinion that it’s important to be able to laugh at yourself. Especially if you’re obsessed with something. Anything. One of my addictions is NASCAR and growing up in the Northeast, where automotive sports are often put in the same basket with punkin’ chunkin’ and mud bogging …

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Mark Martin’s Rise Leaves Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Flat On His Face

This is a story about two men’s historic rise and fall from grace. As Mark Martin took the checkered flag Saturday night, the desert night lit up with thousands of smiling faces. Sentimentality was in the air again at Phoenix International Raceway, a mere two minutes after a 50-year-old won his first race since ‘05 and two years after Gordon tied the late, great Earnhardt name with his 76th career win.

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Five Points to Ponder: 2009 Subway Fresh 500 at Phoenix Edition

*R-E-S-P-E-C-T* How cool was it to see the procession of drivers come through Victory Lane and congratulate Martin following his first win in nearly four years? The 50-year-old vet was joined by current teammates, former teammates, his former owner Jack Roush, and other past champions. This was as popular of a win as we’ve seen in quite awhile, and it really goes to show what respect can do for a driver. There is not one person in the garage who does not respect Martin… something younger drivers of today need to learn to earn.

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Bubble Breakdown: Hornish Rips Off First Top 10 of 2009, Solidifies Locked In Spot

Bad news has hit one of our bubble teams since the last race at Texas. After several patchwork sponsorship deals to keep the team afloat through March, the No. 8 Chevrolet driven by Aric Almirola has been shut down due to a lack of funding. Earnhardt Ganassi Racing plans to bring everyone back once sponsorship is found, but with the car sitting outside the top 35, sponsors aren’t really lining up to throw money at them. If you don’t believe me, just go ask the folks at Robert Yates Racing, whose No. 28 car also folded earlier in the year when put in a similar spot. Despite that disappointment, there was also plenty of good news coming out of Phoenix, too. Several teams sitting outside the top 35 posted top 10 qualifying performances, while another one fighting to stay inside it actually managed to finish there. So, read on to see who’s moving up and who’s moving in the opposite direction in this week’s edition of the Bubble Breakdown...

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Out With The New And In With The Old For Phoenix Freshmen

*Joey Logano:* *Start: 31st; Finish: 21st* *Summary:* Last Friday, Joe Gibbs Racing president J.D. Gibbs put to rest the rumors that had his team’s rookie driver out of a job before the end of his first season. But it looked like even a vote of confidence from the boss wasn’t going to be enough to help Joey Logano out of his slump -- at least in the beginning of the race. The No. 20 team qualified outside the top 30 and struggled for much of the first 100 circuits, losing a lap to the leaders.

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 at Phoenix

Friday night’s broadcast was the Kyle and Carl show on TV… and it was literally called that. The first eight minutes of the pre-race show were uninterrupted Kyle vs. Carl, as was the majority of the on-track coverage from flag to flag. Yet, while both drivers led a number of laps, neither driver won. What a concept. With Busch forced to pit under green midway through the race with a cut tire and Edwards experiencing engine trouble, ESPN had to actually cover another race for the final 100 miles.

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