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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: “Rookies” Joey Logano, Marcos Ambrose Take Advantage of a Late-Race Shootout – Chicago Style

Joey Logano Start: 24th; Finish: 18th Summary: Logano started the Lifelock.com 400 with hopes of completing the weekend sweep after pulling off a surprise victory on old tires the night before in the Nationwide race (July 10). His quest to go two-for-two certainly got off to a slow start, however, due to a very loose-handling racecar …

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Rookies Run Well, But Only Marcos Ambrose Sealed the Deal in Daytona

Joey Logano Start: 21st; Finish: 19th Summary: The leading Rookie of the Year candidate came into Independence Day weekend riding high on momentum after capturing his first career win in New Hampshire. A newly confident Logano, who wrecked out of the Daytona 500 after just 79 laps, appeared determined to make his return to the …

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Hometown Hero Joey Logano Scores a Victory for the Sport’s Good Guys

Joey Logano Start: 24th; Finish: 1st Summary: On Friday afternoon (June 26), it looked as if the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 weekend would be a special one for rookie Logano. The 19-year-old was returning to his home track, which was also the site of the of his Sprint Cup debut back in the fall of …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma

The twists and turns of Sonoma, Calif. resulted in several twists to our rankings. One twist that got even tighter once again was Tony Stewart’s death grip on the top spot in our Power Rankings. This week’s winner was one of the three big movers up this week in the rankings, actually moving into the …

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Mad Max, Marcos Ambrose Sip the Sonoma Wine While It’s Sour Grapes for Others

Max Papis Start: 33rd; Finish: 12th Summary: Papis had high hopes coming into the wine country of Sonoma, the site of his Sprint Cup debut in 2008. However, it did not start out very well for the Italian road-racing vet. His No. 13 GEICO Camry fell a lap down very early in the race and it …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2009 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Running on a smaller budget is usually not indicative of a great finish, but someone forgot to give Marcos Ambrose that memo. Ambrose once again showed his considerable road-racing skill as he was alternately patient and aggressive in his march from the back of the field (where he …

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Frontstretch Fantasy Insider: Plucking the Sweetest Fantasy Grapes at Infineon

For the first time this season, the stars of the Sprint Cup Series leave the ovals behind for the twisty confines of a road course. The more technical of the two courses tackled by the Cup circuit, Infineon Raceway is full of tight quarters and few passing zones, making track position… and staying on the …

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