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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2010 NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Montreal

“Finally!” exclaimed Boris Said as he emerged in NAPA Auto Parts 200 victory lane after scoring his first career Nationwide Series victory, moments after a drag race to the checkers with Max Papis that hit the highlight reels as the fifth-closest finish in series history. More importantly, this was finally the type of ending the …

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Running Their Mouth: 2010 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen

Welcome to Running Their Mouth! 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 the drivers, crew members and car owners themselves. This week, here’s a sneak peek at what they all were thinking following the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen at Watkins Glen International.

Bubble Breakdown: Road Rage Pulls Bubble Battle Up the Leaderboard at Sonoma

A 150-point penalty for Travis Kvapil topped the Bubble headlines last week, knocking the No. 38 team out of the Top 35 and putting Robby Gordon’s No. 7 back in for the first time since Dover. Gordon played defense at Michigan and successfully guaranteed himself a starting spot at Sonoma, a strategy that worked to …

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Did You Notice? How Michigan Saved Itself, Ringers Unemployed & Fixing Mark

Did You Notice? How Michigan’s attendance for the June race increased by 5,000 between 2009 and 2010? It’s an interesting twist during a year of continued attendance declines, especially considering the state unemployment rate, as of March 2010, was hovering just under 15%.

Testing Ban Another Example of NASCAR’s Brilliance

Looking at the news from this past week, one would never know that there is a testing freeze in place in NASCAR. The Sprint Cup Series tested at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a new spoiler package. Boris Said and Roush Fenway Racing were running laps at Road America in preparation for the first ever Nationwide …

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What’s Vexing Vito: Qualifying Procedure in Desperate Need of Overhaul

With all of the hullabaloo from the Carl Edwards/Brad Keselowski fallout dominating the headlines and people’s thoughts since Sunday, the main theme dominating the headlines has been the action – or rather inaction taken by NASCAR in regards to disciplining an aggressive driver. Part of the explanation behind the sanctioning body electing not levying any …

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Bubble Breakdown: Speed Locks In, Robby Falls Out, Bliss on the Bubble

Only two weeks remain until the Top-35 battle kicks into high gear at Bristol and after all the wildness in Atlanta, the points margin on either side of the bubble are every bit as close as the racing promises to be in Thunder Valley. Who are the ones to watch when the sheetmetal flies in …

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Bubble Breakdown: Newman, Ambrose Fighting For Their Top-35 Lives

Hello! Before we get into this week’s edition, I’ve been so wrapped up with the start of the season that I haven’t taken the time to introduce myself. The name’s Brock Beard, and I’ve always had a soft spot for NASCAR’s underdogs. Whether it’s trying to come up with a colorful nickname for Mike Bliss …

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Bubble Breakdown: Blaney Needs a Sponsor, Ambrose & Newman Need a Break

With the second race of the season complete, a rough picture of the 2010 bubble is starting to take shape. Teams have just three more weeks to get their act together, which is why Sunday’s 500-miler at California was such an important step in the process. The cookie-cutter oval has very similar characteristics to the …

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