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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Meijer 300 at Kentucky

Finally, someone has Kyle Busch’s number. And it’s his teammate. Running his first Nationwide Series race since an incident that saw him knock Busch from the lead at Dover with two laps to go, Joey Logano beat his teammate without the chrome horn on Saturday… and took the checkers for his trouble. On a late …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Joey Logano Discusses an Encounter with Kyle Busch, His Toughest Track & Driving for the Coach

For the past couple of years, NASCAR fans everywhere have heard about a young driver who was supposed to be the next best thing since “Sliced Bread.” That driver, of course, is 19-year old Joey Logano, who’s been trying to live up to the hype ever since Mark Martin first “discovered” him at age 15. …

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Joey Logano & Greg Zipadelli Ride New Rules to Pocono’s Top Rookie Prize

I mentioned last week that I was impressed by Joey Logano’s ability to improve through out the course of a race and while the finish wasn’t as pretty this week, the run was almost as notable. The No. 20 car looked like junk for the first half of the race, barely hanging on outside of the top 30. Just past the halfway mark, Greg Zipadelli’s call to get his driver back on the lead lap appeared to give the team the momentum boost they desperately needed. Once they learn to come out of the gate faster, I guarantee Logano will be racing for top 10s instead of top 20s at the end of each event.

Voice of Vito: Kyle Busch – Who Else Is Sick and Tired of His Act Besides Me?

It has happened again. The destructive force that may ruin NASCAR as we know it has reared its ugly head once more. No, I am not referring to General Motors joining Chrysler in bankruptcy – though that is another matter altogether that I will be addressing here in the in coming weeks – but rather …

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Fan’s View: Kyle Busch – Because Pride Must Always Go Before the Fall

Once upon a time – just last Friday, in fact – in a media center not too far from here sat a boy. He wore a yellow suit decorated with multi-colored candies, beautiful on the outside while attempting to hide the ugliness that occasionally lies within. His name was Kyle. Now, Kyle is not like …

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 Autism Speaks 400 at Dover

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 peek at what the drivers were thinking following the Autism Speaks 400 in Dover, Delaware Sunday.

5 Points to Ponder: 2009 Autism Speaks 400 at Dover Edition

Speaking of young guns, I’ve heard a couple of people blame Joey Logano for the late-race contact with Kyle Busch that essentially gave the win to the No. 88 team. I’ve been a Logano critic since the hype machine first fired up, but there is absolutely no validity to those thoughts that the contact was all on him. Busch was restarting with a tire going down and when he drove it off into turn 1, he had to get off the gas to not lose the car… forcing Logano to get into the back of him. That left the move as nothing more than a racing accident… it’s that simple.

Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Joey Logano’s Improvement Continues with Help from Miles the Monster

Logano has shown many signs of improvement over the past month as he recorded his fourth top-15 finish in his last five starts. However, I think the youngster has shown the most growth this past weekend at Dover. When Logano finished ninth at Talladega, Darlington, and Charlotte, he was running at or near the front of the field for almost the entire race, while earlier this season, when the 19-year-old struggled in the back third of the pack, he stayed there.

Happy Hour: Joey Logano Bit Off More Than He Could Chew – And Now He’s Chewing It

Possibly the worst thing that can happen to a young athlete is high expectations. More often than not, the “can’t-miss” prospect at the top level of any sport ends up missing. Most Philadelphia area sports fans remember back in the late 1990s when up-and-coming “can’t-miss” prospect JD Drew refused to sign with the Phillies for …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup Heading To Dover After the 2009 Coca-Cola 600

The conclusion of the Anti-Climatic 600 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway Monday leaves the NASCAR fanbase wondering exactly which driver should have won. Since the race began in the middle of the day on Monday instead of early in the evening on Sunday, drivers did not have to encounter as many changes in track conditions as expected, throwing possible contenders a curve some never recovered from. As the race wore on, Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne and Brian Vickers proved to have the fastest cars – but would all three of these drivers have remained the ones to beat had the race gone the distance? Since the rainy conditions and subsequent pit strategies shuffled up the entire running order and many teams mid-pack were likely biding their time before making a run for the front, this week is yet another tough time to determine the current HOT, WARM and COLD drivers. Nevertheless, here they are as we prepare to head to Delaware for racing at the Monster Mile….

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