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Mirror Driving: Elliott Sadler Survived… But Can Richard Petty Motorsports?

Following a nasty wreck for Elliott Sadler at Pocono, there was an outcry about the lack of a SAFER barrier at the point where Sadler hit. Is it time for NASCAR to mandate set safety standards for all its tracks, or should the tracks themselves bear full responsibility considering the cost involved?

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in NASCAR Sprint Cup: 2010 Pocono-Watkins Glen Edition

We’re heading full steam toward the Dog Days of Summer, but there’s several NASCAR Sprint Cup regulars barking up the wrong tree. As the race for the Chase turns sharply into focus, there are just 17 drivers left with a realistic shot at the playoffs. That leaves a number of superstars, from Juan Pablo Montoya …

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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.

Fanning the Flames: NASCAR’s Methods From Yesteryear Don’t Work in Today’s Environment

I swore I wouldn’t get fining-mad over this, and honestly I haven’t (actually, as time has gone on, it’s become comforting in a weird way), but I can’t understand how a sportscaster on the local news — the local news in cradle of the South, by gawd in Nashville, Tennessee — struggles with delivering a …

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Did You Notice? Busch Spotter Silliness, Martin v. Evernham, Labonte Love & Sources

Did You Notice? Bobby Labonte gets a second chance (or is it more like his fourth)? Hours after Marcos Ambrose announced his departure from JTG Daugherty Racing (we’ll get to his status later), Labonte’s been handed the keys to the No. 47 Toyota for 2011. It’s easily the best-case scenario for the former Cup champ, …

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Marcos Ambrose Parting Ways With JTG

JTG Racing announced in a team release this morning Marcos Ambrose would be leaving their organization at the end of the season. “JTG Daugherty Racing and our sponsors are obviously huge Marcos Ambrose fans and we are disappointed to see him leave after five great years of building a program together from the NASCAR Camping …

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Fantasy Insider: Jeff Gordon on Verge of Brickyard Breakthrough… Again

NASCAR heads to Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend where the racing really isn’t that good, but it’s OK because, after all, it’s the Brickyard. I half expect NASCAR to add the Hoover Dam and the Pyramids to their next schedule as they are also historic venues that may not necessarily lead to great racing either, …

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Bubble Breakdown: Robby Gordon’s Sorry Saturday Not What the Doctor Ordered

Last week, bubble drivers continued to make headlines among the humps and bumps of Daytona’s war-weary pavement. Elliott Sadler’s No. 19 and Sam Hornish Jr.’s No. 77 combined to lead 25 laps, only to wreck each other out of top-5 finishes. “The Big One” reared its ugly head, deflating the cushions of Regan Smith and …

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