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Running Their Mouth: 2009 Coca-Cola 600

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 rain shortened Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.

Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Joey Logano Earns 3rd Top-10 Finish at the “Lake at Lowe’s”

You can definitely tell how far Joey Logano’s season has progressed when during the final rain delay, he commented on his disappointment about not having a chance to compete for a top-five finish. Just a few short months ago, this team was disappointed about not being able to finish in the top 30. It appears that Logano and Zipadelli are starting to get on the same page as the rookie driver now has top-10 finishes (all ninth place to be exact) at one of the most treacherous tracks (Talladega), one of the most challenging venues (Darlington) and during one of the most bizarre events (Charlotte) on the schedule.

Bubble Breakdown: Rain Plays Into the Hands of Robby Gordon While Scott Riggs Rains on Baldwin’s Parade

Well the 24 Hours of Charlotte finally came to an end late Monday afternoon and the 50th running of the Coca-Cola 600 was dominated by Kyle Busch and the weather. The race never went green on Sunday and suffered rain delays again on Monday before finally being called and producing a surprise winner. So to see which bubble teams gambled on the weather and won, and which wound up all wet, read this week’s edition of the Bubble Breakdown.

Did You Notice? France Manipulates the Truth, Why Parity is Still Problematic, & Driver Do’s & Dont’s

In this space last year, 11 races into the season we took a look at how the “Big Four” of Gibbs, Childress, Hendrick and Roush were dominating the Cup Series. Since we’re at the same point in 2009, I thought it might be a good time to revisit those numbers and see if we’re a little bit closer towards the parity NASCAR hoped to achieve with the Car of Tomorrow.

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 Heading Into the 2009 Coca-Cola 600

The All-Star Race is supposed to feature the cream of the crop, a chance for Sprint Cup’s top tier to go head-to-head in a battle royale with nothing but money and pride on the line. And after a tame beginning, this race featuring a Who’s Who of stock car stardom refused to disappoint, with drivers continuing to beat and bang throughout the last 10 laps of the 25th annual shootout. When the Smoke cleared, it was Smoke himself taking his first trophy as an owner/driver in the series, a move which easily solidified his hold atop our weekly list.

But while Tony Stewart leads the pack, how did the rest of your favorite stars fare heading into the Coca-Cola 600? Read on to see if your driver made the most of his All-Star appearance Saturday night to move up our Power Rankings ladder.

Running Their Mouth: 2009 Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte

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 Sprint All-Star Race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.

5 Points to Ponder: NASCAR Notes From The Week

A solid run for Circle Bar Racing on paper in Friday’s 200-mile race at Lowe’s didn’t necessarily translate to harmony across the team after the race. Battling for the 11th position coming off turn 4 on the final lap, rookie James Buescher got into the door of teammate Rick Crawford and continued to shove him down the track, eventually knocking him into the grass at the stripe. Crawford was not happy with the phenom, offering a few choice words for the driver of the No. 10 who also participates in a monthly driver diary for Frontstretch.

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2009 Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte

After dominating the opening segment, Jimmie Johnson ended up an also-ran after Denny Hamlin sent him spinning on the opening lap of the final segment. Johnson didn’t suffer major damage from the incident, but it left him an unlucky 13th at the end. Under All-Star rules, Johnson could have restarted in the position he had been in at the time of the spin – since the running order reverts to the last lap completed – but Johnson had to pit for tires, forfeiting the spot and a chance to win a third All-Star trophy.

Driven to the Past: The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

I’m getting a little tired of hearing Joey Logano referred to as “the best thing since sliced bread” as if it was something new. Understand me right, here – I don’t have anything at all against Logano. He seems to be a pretty darned good race driver who was thrust into the top stock car …

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Mirror Driving: Darlington on Steroids?, The Rookies Rally & NASCAR on Drugs

Jeremy Mayfield stated that his positive drug test was the result of a mix of legal prescription and over-the-counter drugs – in effect, a false positive. Did NASCAR do the right thing with its “suspend first, ask questions later” reaction, or should they have ordered and waited for a more complete toxicology test and report… even given that some tests may take several weeks before results are available?

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