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Running Their Mouth: 2007 Lenox Industrial Tools 300 at Loudon

Each week, we’ll go through all the media reports, interviews, PR and our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Nextel Cup race that 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 car owners themselves. This week, here’s a sneak peek at what some select few were thinking after the Lenox Industrial Tools 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway.

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Nextel Cup: 2007 Pepsi 400 at Daytona Edition

The 1-mile flat track up in New Hampshire proved as difficult as ever to pass on Sunday, but that didn’t stop a resurgent Jeff Gordon from giving it a shot. His last-lap battle with Denny Hamlin left the two side-by-side heading to the finish line; but in the end, Hamlin held on, squeaking out a …

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10 Points to Ponder… After the 2007 Lenox Industrial Tools 300 at Loudon

1. Bonus Points, Part One – In the wake of last week’s penalties against the Nos. 24 and 48, drivers like Denny Hamlin and Kyle Petty said that a better punishment would have been taking away bonus points – the extra 10 points per win that drivers get once they make the Chase. But I …

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What’s the Call: Are the Penalties Against Jeff Gordon & Jimmie Johnson’s Teams Too Severe?

Today’s Question: Earlier this week, NASCAR came down hard on the No. 24 and No. 48 teams for failing pre-race inspection at Infineon Raceway due to fenders that fell outside Car of Tomorrow specifications, penalties were given out. Did the sport come down too hard on this one? Or did both teams get exactly what they deserved for breaking the rules?

Matt McLaughlin’s Driver Handicaps: 2007 New Hampshire Summer Race

Jeff Gordon – Gordon has three wins at Loudon, but none since 1998. In fact, his third-place finish at NHIS last fall put to bed a streak of three straight finishes outside of the top 10. But overall, Gordon has 13 top 10s in 24 career starts at this track – and do you want …

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Fanning the Flames: A Confused Writer Has a Question of His Own for NASCAR

Before we get going with your questions this week, I have a question of my own: Q: Dear NASCAR: How does Kurt Busch slam into Tony Stewart‘s car while on pit road, almost hitting Stewart’s jackman in the process, only to walk away with the new standard of a 100-point docking and a $100,000 fine. …

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Mirror Driving: DEI on Edge? NASCAR Losing Credibility… Again?

Another questionable debris caution late in the race Sunday bunched up the field and led to an exciting finish at California. But is NASCAR losing credibility with the fact they may be “engineering” finishes with these yellow flags?

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Nextel Cup: 2007 Auto Club 500 at Fontana Edition

Editor’s Note: Cami Starr is off this Tuesday, so the staff took care of business and compiled her weekly column. Look for her to be back writing next week! As the Nextel Cup Series put its second race in the books last weekend in California, a state known for wildfires surely did its part to …

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Bubble Breakdown: Prodigal Son Sits 41st in Points After Engine Woes

Perhaps Michael Waltrip bit off a little more than he could chew. Debuting a three-car operation with a brand new manufacturer, Waltrip has just one car in the Top 35 in owner points after California. Dale Jarrett is leading the charge but sits a dismal 28th. A devastating late-race crash dropped rookie David Reutimann to …

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