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Running Their Mouth: 2007 Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono

Each week, we'll go through all the media reports, interviews, PR, and all our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Nextel Cup race to capture 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 the car owners themselves. This week, here's a sneak peek at what some select few were thinking after the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway.

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Bowles-Eye View: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Refuses To Stop Doing His Job

Since Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s decision to leave his job at DEI - the only Cup organization he's ever known - the knowledge Junior would be moving on has only become more pronounced since June, when his acceptance of a job with Hendrick Motorsports for 2008 became public. Suddenly, his sole safety net throughout eight seasons of racing was coming to a close; as each day has come and gone since, the reality of a brighter tomorrow loomed ever closer.

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10 Points to Ponder… After the 2007 Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono

1. Robby Robbed? - I'm going to take the minority position here, but I believe NASCAR initially made the right call placing Robby Gordon in 13th for the restart in Saturday's Busch race. The issue according to NASCAR was not where Gordon was when the caution came out, but the fact that he failed to "maintain a cautious pace" under the yellow. However, NASCAR did compound the confusion by initially telling Gordon to line up in first... then in second... then in 13th. The officiating crew also messed up by restarting the race with Gordon still in second, knowing full well that he would wreck Marcos Ambrose after the restart - which, of course, he did. For his part, Gordon said that the reason he didn't move back was that he was going to appeal the finish and "wanted to make sure that the race played out the way it should."

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Nextel Cup Rookie Report: 2007 Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Edition

After qualifying his Dodge Charger on the outside of row four for Sunday's race, it appeared that Juan Pablo Montoya was poised to have another strong run following his second-place finish at Indianapolis. In fact, Montoya did look strong throughout the first quarter of the race, remaining in or just outside of the top 10. But as the race wore on, so did Montoya's attention span, as at one point he made a remark about how long the race was. Struggling to keep his No. 42 machine on the bottom, the Rookie of the Year points leader began to fade, and he eventually wound up 16th in the final running order. Still, it was Montoya's 10th top finishing rookie honor in the 2007 season - leading all first-year drivers in that category.

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Bubble Breakdown: Ricky Rudd Pulls Away, Bill Elliott Pulls Closer In Top 35 Race

With Indianapolis creating a whole new ballgame for the Top 35 in points, the cars battling for the final spot in the bubble came to Pocono bound and determined to bang and beat their way into a "locked in" spot. But in the end, all the jockeying for position on the track didn't lead to a change in the standings... while the gap between 35th and 36th narrowed considerably, the same 35 teams remain eligible to receive an automatic qualifying exemption heading to Watkins Glen.

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Busch Series Breakdown: 2007 NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Montreal

Challenging. Compelling. Controversial. Through a wild and wacky 75 laps, Canada's inaugural race for NASCAR's Busch Series clearly didn't disappoint. In the end, it took the smoke of not one, but two burnouts to clear to figure out the actual race winner. But in the end, all the action on the track couldn't stop the momentum of another Nextel Cup familiar face - and Buschwhacker extraordinaire - pulling into Victory Lane for the fourth time this year.

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Jeff Gordon Won AGAIN?! And Is Dale Earnhardt Jr. Going to Be Any Good? It was 10 Years Ago…

It's been an interesting summer for a race fan. The world tilted on its axis when Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced he was leaving Dale Earnhardt Incorporated and practically jumped out of orbit and headed for the Sun when he announced he was going to Hendrick Motorsports; a decision that for many fans was akin to Luke Skywalker saying, "Sure, Darth-I mean Dad, I'll join the dark side. The good guys aren't really much fun." In some respects the point standings look like they did 10 years ago, with Jeff Gordon running away with the lead. The cast of characters in the rest of the top 10 has changed significantly-only Jeff Burton was even in the Nextel Cup Series then.

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David Starr Diary: Off Weekend? What Off Weekend?

We are more than half way through the 2007 season, and in a little over two weeks we go to Bristol Motor Speedway! Recently we took our International MaxxForce Diesel Ford F-150 to test the "new" Bristol track. It's always cool to go to there because it's just an awesome facility and there is so much excitement and history at the track. Going there last week and testing was exciting because of the new surface. It was a great test, but the track was very "green," meaning there was no rubber on it. All in all, it was good for my team to be able to really work together and try new stuff. We learned a lot and I'm looking forward to going back there for the race.

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