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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono

NASCAR went back to the tricky triangle in the Pocono mountains just six weeks after its last race there; and at first glance, it looked like not all that much had changed. Just like in June, Tony Stewart crashed in practice and started at the rear of the field in a backup car. Once again, …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis

Racing at the Brickyard is not always the most exciting, but the history and tradition of the place always seem to shine through when people start to have doubts. Most of our Power Rankings leaders used the big stage of Indianapolis to come up with strong finishes; but for those who fell short, their problems …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Brickyard 400 Edition

With Doug Turnbull off this week, it’s time for the editing 1-2 punch of our own Tom Bowles and Mike Lovecchio to give you the latest trends in the Cup Series after the Brickyard. We might not have Doug’s usual commentary, but what we do know is which drivers are speeding back to Pocono on the fuel of a red-hot July… and which ones have invited winter into their lives about five months too soon. Read on to see who’s in position to nab a playoff spot or a pink slip heading towards the Dog Days of August in our latest edition of Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in Sprint Cup.

Running Their Mouth: 2009 Brickyard 400

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 Allstate 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2009 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard

Breathing down the race winner’s neck for the win. Mark Martin became the oldest pole winner at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and in the end, fell one spot short of becoming the oldest winner, finishing second to teammate and defending race winner Jimmie Johnson. Johnson said after the race that everyone could take a lesson from Martin about racing and having fun, and it is certainly clear that Martin is enjoying the spoils of a great season to date.

2009 Brickyard 400 Qualifying Recap

After a long, soggy morning, the Sprint Cup Series finally took to the track for qualifying at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at 2 p.m. Sam Hornish Jr. was the first car on track after heavy rain overnight and occasional showers during the morning cleaned off the rubber that had been laid down yesterday. Hornish set …

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Thompson in Turn 5: So Far, Mark Martin’s Season is Not Mark Martin-like

It has been more than 10 years since the newest addition to the Hendrick Motorsports stable, Mark Martin, has scored four wins this early in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. That was in 1998, when Martin would go on to win a total of seven events but nonetheless finish second to a young upstart …

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Mirror Driving: Gauging the Importance of Indy While Sorting Out Title Contenders in Cup, Nationwide & Trucks

With the season just past the halfway point, who looks to be the favorite to win the Sprint Cup championship? Also, who’s your darkhorse… and who is the biggest disappointment to date?

2009 Driver Report Cards, Part I: Grading the Chase Contenders

We’re one race past the statistical halfway point of the 2009 season and as we gear up for the stretch run of 17 Sprint Cup races in 18 weeks, the much maligned (and in equal parts ballyhooed) “Chase for the Sprint Cup” is just seven races away. So before we get down to the serious business of the sharp end of the season, we’ve graded each of the top 40 drivers – based on the points standings as we run headed to the Brickyard. We’ve divided our review into two halves; today, we focus on the top 20 drivers while tomorrow we’ll look at the wheelmen running in positions 21 through 40. Some of these grades will seem just right to you, others a country mile off. But no matter what you think, let us know what you agree with, what you don’t, and why below…

Leading off, it’s “owner/driver” Tony Stewart, a moniker he’s taken well to, it seems.

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