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Denny Hamlin Scores Career-High 3rd Win of Season in 2009 TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville

From the drop of the green flag on Sunday’s TUMS Fast Relief 500, it was clear the race was going to be a battle between points leader Jimmie Johnson and fellow Chasers Juan Pablo Montoya and Jeff Gordon. However, in the end it was Virginia-native Denny Hamlin who was able to hold off Johnson on …

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Thompson in Turn 5: Martin/Montoya the Closest Martin Has Come to an On-Track Feud

Two weeks ago, Turn 5 focused on the increasingly more confident Juan Pablo Montoya and his newfound status as one of the elite drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The article Juan Pablo Has Arrived, But Championship Hopes Are Underpowered chronicled the third-year driver for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing’s ascent from struggling freshman and sophomore …

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Did You Notice? Driver Development Busts, Ridiculous Race Names & Why Restarts Are Crazy

Did You Notice? How so many race names this year have turned into the equivalent of a tongue twister on crack? It’s bad enough to listen to drivers in victory lane not talk about the race before they have to thank their “sponsors A,B, C… even that Z thingee on the rear quarterpanel who somehow …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 NASCA Banking 500 at Charlotte

NASCAR came home for the only night race of the playoffs Saturday, overseeing a coronation of the Lowe’s Motor Speedway “King” for the first time in four years. Dominating for a second straight week in the Chase, Jimmie Johnson once again took the checkered flag at the track with his sponsor’s name to solidify his …

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 NASCAR Banking 500 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 sneak peek at what they all were thinking following the NASCAR Banking 500 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.

5 Points to Ponder: 2009 NASCAR Banking 500 at Charlotte Edition

The third man in what seemed to be a three-man race for the championship, Juan Pablo Montoya finished a dismal 35th after contact on a restart and is now 195 points out of the series lead. The Cinderella story of the Chase thus far, it’ll be difficult for Montoya to reel in Johnson without a lot of luck.

Holding a Pretty Wheel: The Closest Thing to Earnhardt… Is Named Montoya?

NASCAR misses Dale Earnhardt. It’s been true since Earnhardt’s death in 2001, but Earnhardt’s posthumous election to the inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame is a deep reminder of that loss. Its repercussions in NASCAR are deep – deep enough to have likely changed the face of NASCAR, and devastating for Dale Earnhardt …

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Mirror Driving: How to Beat Hendrick, Parking Double Duty & Dreamin’ of a Better California

Jimmie Johnson’s win at Auto Club Speedway was the fourth win of his career at the track and moved Johnson into the points lead, with Hendrick-supported cars 1-2-4-5 in the standings. Is this Hendrick’s Chase to lose, or does “independent” Juan Pablo Montoya still have a chance to wreak havoc on their dreams of a 1-2-3 Chase finish?

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 Pepsi 500 at Fontana

After scoring another victory at his home track, Jimmie Johnson put a major stranglehold on the top spot in the poll following Chase race number four at California. Behind him, the keyword appears to be “stability” as a Sunday snoozer led to minimal movement amongst our Power Rankings. But while our experts have labeled Johnson …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Pepsi 500 at Fontana Edition

As Yogi Berra once said: “It’s déjà vu all over again.” Another fall race in Fontana is complete, and for the third straight year another victory (and in this case, the point lead along with it) went to Jimmie Johnson, Chad Knaus, and company. Any fan who has followed NASCAR even remotely over the past …

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