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Bubble Breakdown: David Reutimann, Sam Hornish Jr. Highlight Proud Performances by Struggling Teams

Sunday evening, NASCAR’s top series put out its version of an endurance race with the running of the Coca-Cola 600. The series’ longest event, it’s a true test of both man and machine, and everyone needs to be on top of their game. But two of Sunday’s 43 starters – one a bubble dweller and …

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Sam Hornish Jr. Hopeful Coming Out of Lowe’s

Rookies in the Starting Lineup: Sam Hornish Jr.(20th), Regan Smith (27th), Patrick Carpentier (34th), Michael McDowell (41st) Unofficial Finishing Positions: Hornish (13th), Smith (20th), McDowell (32nd), Carpentier (37th) Rookie of the Race: Hornish. Was this the All-Star Race or the Coca-Cola 600? Chances are that it was hard for Hornish to tell, as Sunday night was …

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Bubble Breakdown: Dave Blaney Rides Momentum Into the Top 35

NASCAR’s Sprint Cup teams raced under the lights Saturday night at one of the crown jewel of the series: Darlington Raceway. The track labeled as “Too Tough to Tame” looked quite timid during qualifying for several of the bubble teams as five drivers managed to qualify their cars in the top 18 during Friday evening’s …

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Michael McDowell Survives Darlington Duel

Rookies in the Starting Lineup: Regan Smith (16th), Michael McDowell (18th), Sam Hornish Jr. (23rd), Patrick Carpentier (43rd), Unofficial Finishing Positions: McDowell (28th), Smith (29th), Hornish (38th), Carpentier (40th) Rookie of the Race: McDowell. The rookie hailing from Phoenix, Ariz. recorded his career-best qualifying effort this past weekend when he placed his Camry 18th on the …

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Happy Hour: It May Be Time to Panic for Michael Waltrip

A year and a half ago, Michael Waltrip was successfully wooing employees, a very eager foreign auto manufacturer, and several high profile sponsors to sign onto his new racing team. The pundits predicted that with the backing of both Toyota and cash-rich sponsorship, Michael Waltrip Racing was going to be a contender in Sprint Cup …

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Regan Smith Runs Well at Rowdy Richmond

Rookies in the Starting Lineup: Patrick Carpentier (fourth), Regan Smith (26th), Michael McDowell (29th), Sam Hornish Jr. (35th) Unofficial Finishing Positions: Smith (21st), Hornish (23rd), McDowell (40th), Carpentier (43rd) Rookie of the Race: Smith. The most notable part of Smith’s night wasn’t so much his leading rookie finish of 21st, but rather how he got to …

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Voices From the Heartland: Michael McDowell Incident a PR Bonanza for NASCAR

Before I go too far into this article and ruffle some serious feathers, I want to make it perfectly clear that no one, with the possible exception of Michael McDowell and his family, was as glad as myself to see Michael emerge virtually unscathed from the tangled wreckage that used to be his racecar last …

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Top 10 NASCAR-Related Deductions Submitted to the IRS

10. $450 for new shorts and driver’s suit, submitted by Michael McDowell. (Uniforms and Work Clothes) 9. $1,500 for the complete set of Deep Thoughts works by Jack Handey, submitted by Brian France. (Work-Related Educational Expenses) 8. $750 for resumes from FedEx/Kinko’s, submitted by Jeremy Mayfield. (Moving Expenses) 7. $5,000 submitted by Chip Ganassi for …

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Thompson in Turn 5: The Verdict Is in – NASCAR Scores Big With the CoT

Michael McDowell‘s terrifying near-head on collision with the SAFER barrier and subsequent barrel-rolling down the track at Texas Motor Speedway Friday was the most serious real-life test yet of NASCAR’s new car, known during its developmental period as the Car of Tomorrow (CoT). But the five-year project by NASCAR’s Research And Development division had been …

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Mirror Driving: NASCAR’s CoT Both Safe & Boring, Toughing Out Texas & Managing RCR’s Future

NASCAR’s CoT did its job at Texas, disintegrating to absorb Michael McDowell’s horrific crash during qualifying. Is it time to stop complaining about the CoT?

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