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Fan’s View: Elliott Sadler’s Unseen Stop a Potent Reminder to Fix Our Tracks!

I watched the No. 2 of Kurt Busch slide and bump over the grass of the Long Pond Straightaway. I cringed with each wobble, hit and turn. It really had all the earmarks of a potential disaster, especially when his car hit the wall and started heading back toward the track. Once the mayhem subsided, …

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Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2010 Pocono Summer Race Recap

Greg Biffle and the No. 16 team chose to go with two tires on their final stop at Pocono, made with 30 laps to go under a yellow flag. Shortly after the restart, Biffle was able to get his car into the lead – and clean air – then drove off from the pack.

Bubble Breakdown: Sam Hornish Jr. Didn’t Win… But He Still Lucked Out at Pocono

Last week, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was mean to the bubble drivers, preventing all but one – 24th-place Travis Kvapil – from finishing any higher than 30th. A first-lap crash crunched the fenders of Elliott Sadler and Sam Hornish Jr., a shredded tire ended Robby Gordon’s day and mechanical troubles wreaked havoc on both Kevin Conway and Regan Smith.

Running Their Mouth: 2010 Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono

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 Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway.

Tracking the Trucks: 2010 Pocono Mountains 125

Elliott Sadler took the checkered flag 0.445 seconds ahead of Kasey Kahne to win the inaugural Pocono Mountains 125 Saturday afternoon at Pocono Raceway. Sadler held off a charge from Kahne and Matt Crafton during a second green-white-checkered attempt to score his first career victory in the series.

Greg Biffle Wins Crazy 2010 Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono

Less than a week after team owner Jack Roush’s scary plane crash that left him hospitalized still to this day, Greg Biffle and crew chief Greg Erwin were able to put their Roush Fenway Racing Ford in victory lane for the first time in 2010 in Sunday’s Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway. …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2010 Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono

Tony Stewart grabbed his second pole of the season this week, but he needed a late-race caution, or a miracle, to finish where he started. Stewart finished second to Greg Biffle for his third runner-up finish of 2010. This is generally Stewart’s best time of year, and given his record at Watkins Glen (five wins and nine top-10 finishes in 11 starts), Stewart might not be settling for second next week.

Tearing Apart the Trucks: Series Debut at the Tricky Triangle

This weekend, the Camping World Truck Series rolls into the hills of Pennsylvania for the series debut at Pocono Raceway. As one of the few family-owned tracks left in NASCAR, the “Tricky Triangle” features three turns, each with a different degree of banking. Add in a special qualifying session (more on that below) and the Pocono Mountains 125 is sure to deliver excitement for everyone this weekend.

The preliminary entry list started out with only 35 trucks, but has grown throughout the week to 38. Included on that entry list are Sprint Cup Series regulars Kasey Kahne, Denny Hamlin and Elliott Sadler, along with debuting drivers Chase Mattioli and Jerick Johnson.

Bubble Breakdown: Brickyard Where Top-35 Dreams Went to Die… Or DNQ

Two weeks ago, the stage for the Brickyard’s bubble battle was set on an Illinois night where all 10 drivers ranked 28th through 37th failed to finish on the lead lap. The race began with TRG Motorsports’ No. 71 parking, bringing an early end to Landon Cassill’s second Cup start. It ended with a violent …

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5 Points to Ponder: Elliott Sadler’s Time Has Passed, NASCAR’s Nationwide Inconsistency & 1 Talented Grandson

Sitting 27th in the points, Elliott Sadler is sitting fourth of four teams in the Richard Petty Motorsports stable. And while teammates AJ Allmendinger and Paul Menard are also outside the top 20 in the standings, it’s the way Sadler has limped to 27th that truly has the Virginia veteran the backmarker of the RPM fleet. He has no top-10 finishes, just four top 20s in 19 starts, and has been hardly competitive thus far in 2010 at any track sans Daytona.

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