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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Mr. Logano’s Wild Ride Means Top-Rookie Honors for Scott Speed

This was one of those weekends where everybody involved with the sport came out as a winner when Logano walked away from an eye-popping accident that left his car in shambles. There are many negative things that have been said about this new car and with good reason, but the additional layer of safety it has introduced into the sport far outweighs the other challenges that crews and drivers have had to deal with as a result. It was unfortunate though for Logano that he was at the wrong place at the wrong time as the accident ended what could have been a potential top-10 run.

Fantasy Insider: In the Clutches of the Monster (Trophy)

From magic to monsters, this week the Sprint Cup Series heads to Dover to tackle another 1-mile oval that, while the same length as NHMS, bears no resemblance to the flat-track of Loudon. Fast, high-banked and treacherously confined, Dover truly is a Monster Mile, be it its ultra-tight pit road or its boiler-plate steel retaining …

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Rookies Perform Terribly While a Former ROTY Behaves Terribly at Loudon

The New Hampshire Motor Speedway has been regarded by many as one of the most difficult tracks on the circuit. Apparently, this was true for the freshmen, who – despite their previous experience at this track – ran into a lot of difficulty trying to navigate its tight corners. Dismal outings by all of the rookies and almost rookies have left me with little to say about their performances on Sunday.

Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Freshmen Struggle to Find Footing at Richmond… With 1 Exception

14th place may appear to be an insignificant type of finish for most drivers. However, it represented just the performance the No. 20 team needed. After making significant progress in the second half of 2009, Joey Logano had cooled off somewhat over the past two weeks with finishes of 34th and 22nd at Bristol and Atlanta, respectively. After qualifying poorly, it looked as if the streak would continue, but Logano and team made steady progress towards the front and recorded a solid finish, exactly what the racing doctor ordered.

Fantasy Insider: Rocking & Rolling to Richmond Fantasy Success

The Race to the Chase concludes this weekend, with a Saturday night short-track special under the lights at Richmond setting the field for NASCAR’s made-for-TV “playoffs.” And while ESPN will be up to their usual tricks, trying to create rivalries between Chase contenders or hyping a hypothetical “tie” scenario that could put 13 drivers in …

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Joey Logano Leads Quiet Night for Rookie Contenders

Much as ESPN’s focus was on the Chase and the drivers contending for it, the action at the front of the pack was largely veteran, with the rookies in the field left to run their own races and to figure out an already difficult circuit under the lights. And while Logano managed to crack the top 15 and run with the leaders (including eventual race winner Kasey Kahne), the ever-changing track conditions at Atlanta proved too much for even the Rookie of the Year leader, as the No. 20 car lost their handle and faded late.

Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Montreal

For the third year in a row, Marcos Ambrose was the class of the field. And for the third year in a row, he failed to take the checkered flag at Montreal. Ambrose, who in an interview that ran during the race broadcast was quoted calling his secret to road racing “minimizing the mistakes made …

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 EnjoyIllinois.com 225/NAPA Auto Parts 200 Edition

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 EnjoyIllinois.com 225 at Chicagoland Speedway and the NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Carl Edwards Takes Advantage of Marcos Ambrose’s Error to Win in Montreal

On Sunday, Carl Edwards ran up front for most of the race, running in the top 10 and generally staying out of trouble. However, he didn’t really have anything for Marcos Ambrose, who dominated the day. The last few laps changed that significantly. When the rains came on lap 58, necessitating a brief red flag …

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