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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix Edition

As the sun sets on the 2009 Sprint Cup season many unknowns float around the garage, such as the destinations of free agent drivers, the future of unsponsored teams, and the next step for the dozens that already have been laid off from race teams, or soon will be. One question that seems answered already …

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 Checker O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix

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 Checker O’Reilly Auto Parts 500K at Phoenix International Raceway.

Jimmie Johnson Wins 2009 Checker O’Reilly Auto Parts 500k at Phoenix

One week after wrecking in the opening laps in Texas, points leader Jimmie Johnson set out to prove the No. 48 team is deserving of a record-setting fourth straight title. Starting from the third-spot on Sunday, it only took Johnson 53 laps to find the lead and he never looked back. Entering the day 73 …

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Mirror Driving: Too Much Teamwork?, Curbing NASCAR Criticism & A Tall Order for Townley

A lap 3 crash at Texas changed the championship picture dramatically this week, as leader Jimmie Johnson lost over 100 points of the margin he carried into the race. Did Johnson lose his edge, or did Texas simply draw out what should be a foregone conclusion?

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 Dickies 500 at Texas

A crash on lap 3, combined with 111 points lost to his closest competition at Texas, didn’t faze any of our voters in this week’s poll. Not only did Jimmie Johnson maintain his first-place position in unanimous fashion, he maintains a rather healthy points lead in our Power Rankings over second place with just two …

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The Yellow Stripe: Can Mark Martin Do the Unthinkable & Prevent the 4-Peat?

It was over. Done and dusted. The fat lady was halfway through her last aria; the trophy had been all but etched, and the historians were in the process of rewriting the NASCAR history books. Fans were switching off in droves and thoughts, for many, were turning to Daytona in February 2010. Exiting Talladega, Jimmie …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Dickies 500 at Texas Edition

The Texas Tea Party we all witnessed Sunday ended up tasting like fuel, as Kurt Busch claimed his second season victory in the Dickies 500. While the race had its dull moments (er… stretches), the finish surprisingly was more exciting than last week’s 500-mile parade in Talladega, with Kyle Busch running out of fuel with …

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 Dickies 500 at Texas

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 …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 AMP Energy 500 at Talladega

The wild card of the Chase might not have taken Jimmie Johnson out of the points lead, but it certainly mixed up the standings in this week’s Power Rankings. With half our list in shambles after two terrible wrecks decimated the field, our pollsters were left scratching their heads and putting the pieces together the …

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