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2008 Driver Review: Brian Vickers

*2008 Ride:* No. 83 Red Bull Racing Toyota *2008 Sponsor:* Red Bull *2008 Owner:* Dietrich Mateschitz *2008 Crew Chief:* Kevin Hamlin *Stats:* 36 races, 0 wins, 3 top 5s, 6 top 10s, 1 pole, 19th in points. *Best Finish:* 2nd (Pocono - June). *High Point:* Following Brian Vickers' dismal inaugural season with Red Bull in 2007, the Thomasville, NC native appeared to have made a serious error in judgment in making the decision to leave Hendrick Motorsports at the conclusion of 2006.

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2008 Driver Review: Martin Truex, Jr.

*2008 Ride:* No. 1 DEI Chevrolet *2008 Primary Sponsor:* Bass Pro Shops *2008 Owner:* Teresa Earnhardt *2008 Crew Chief:* Kevin "Bono" Manion *Stats:* 36 races, 0 wins, 3 top 5s, 11 top 10s, 0 poles, 15th in points. *Best Finish:* 4th (Loudon - June). *High Point:* While the finish didn’t reflect it, Truex had a strong weekend at Kansas with what was likely his best-handling car of the season. He started fifth, led 27 laps, and remained in contention for the win before a transmission failure relegated him to a 43rd place finish.

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2008 Driver Review: Scott Speed

*2008 Rides:* No. 84 Red Bull Camry (4 races) No. 83 Red Bull Toyota Camry (1 race) No. 82 Red Bull Toyota Camry (1 race - DNQ) *2008 Primary Sponsor:* Red Bull *2008 Owner:* Dietrich Mateschitz *2008 Crew Chiefs:* Jimmy Elledge (No. 84) Kevin Hamlin (No. 83) Richard "Slugger" Labbe (No. 82)

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2008 Driver Review: Reed Sorenson

*2008 Ride:* No. 41 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Dodge *2008 Primary Sponsors:* Target, Polaroid, Memorex, TUMS *2008 Owner:* Chip Ganassi *2008 Crew Chief:* Jimmy Elledge (Feb. - Apr.), Donnie Wingo (Apr. - Nov.) *Stats:* 35 Races, 0 Wins, 1 Top 5, 2 Top 10s, 0 Poles, 32nd in points. *Best Finish:* 5th (Daytona - February). *High Point:* Sorenson’s start to the 2008 season was identical to that of fellow Georgia racer David Ragan’s the year before.

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2008 Driver Review: Regan Smith

*2008 Ride:* No. 01 Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet *2008 Primary Sponsor:* The Principal Financial Group *2008 Owner:* Teresa Earnhardt *2008 Crew Chiefs:* Doug Richert (Feb. - May) Kevin Buskirk (Coca-Cola 600) Dan Stillman (June - Nov.) *Stats:* 34 Races, 0 Wins, 0 Top 5s, 0 Top 10s, 34th in points. *Best Finish:* 14th - twice (Martinsville - March and Bristol - August). *High Point:* Regan Smith won the AMP Energy 500 at Talladega in October after making a daring last-lap pass on Tony Stewart... *Low Point:* ...only to have NASCAR penalize him for going "out of bounds" below the yellow line, placing him back in 18th, the last car on the lead lap.

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2008 Driver Review: Mike Skinner

*2008 Rides:* No. 27 Bill Davis Racing Toyota (1 race) No. 84 Team Red Bull Toyota (7 races) No. 00 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota (3 races) *2008 Primary Sponsors:* Bad Boy Mowers (No. 27) Red Bull (No. 84) Champion Mortgage / Affliction Clothing (No. 00) *2008 Owners:* Bill Davis (No. 27) Dietrich Mateschitz (No. 84) Michael Waltrip (No. 00)

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2008 Driver Review: Ken Schrader

*2008 Rides:* No. 49 BAM Dodge/Toyota (3 races) No. 70 Haas CNC Racing Chevrolet (1 race) No. 40 Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge (1 race -- DNQ) No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet (1 race) No. 96 Hall of Fame Toyota (10 races) *2008 Primary Sponsors:* QTrax.com / Microsoft Small Business (No. 49) Hunt Brothers Pizza (No. 70) Kennametal (No. 40) Camping World (No. 33) DLP HDTV (No. 96)

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2008 Driver Review: Johnny Sauter

*2008 Rides:* No. 70 Haas CNC Racing Chevrolet (9 Races) No. 08 E & M Motorsports Dodge (9 Races) No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford (1 Race -- DNQ) *2008 Primary Sponsors:* Haas Automation / Atlas Copco / Hunt Brothers Pizza (No. 70) FUBAR (No. 08) Air Force (No. 21)

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News Recap for the Week of January 5, 2009

Elliott Sadler to stay in the No. 19 for 2009 In a turn of events, it now appears that Sadler will, in fact, stay in the No. 19 Dodge for the 2009 Sprint Cup season. Our own Tom Bowles, reporting for Sports Illustrated, spoke with Tara Ragan, A.J. Allmendinger’s agent …

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2008 Driver Review: Elliott Sadler

*2008 Ride:* No. 19 Gillett-Evernham Motorsports Dodge *2008 Primary Sponsors:* Best Buy, Stanley, McDonald's *2008 Owner:* Ray Evernham *2008 Crew Chief:* Rodney Childers *Stats:* 36 Races, 0 Wins, 2 Top 5s, 8 Top 10s, 0 Poles, 24th in points. *Best Finish:* 4th (Indianapolis - August). *High Point:* Sadler started the season with a sixth place run at Daytona, but, unfortunately, the highlights were few and far between after that.

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