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Running Their Mouth: 2009 Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte

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 Sprint All-Star Race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2009 Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte

After dominating the opening segment, Jimmie Johnson ended up an also-ran after Denny Hamlin sent him spinning on the opening lap of the final segment. Johnson didn’t suffer major damage from the incident, but it left him an unlucky 13th at the end. Under All-Star rules, Johnson could have restarted in the position he had been in at the time of the spin – since the running order reverts to the last lap completed – but Johnson had to pit for tires, forfeiting the spot and a chance to win a third All-Star trophy.

The Yellow Stripe: Race for the Chase Far From Over for Those on the Outside Looking In

“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies and statistics.” So reportedly said Benjamin Disraeli, prime minister of Great Britain from 1874 to 1880. It’s a well-known quote that is attributed to other writers as well, including Mark Twain; but regardless of its exact point of origin, it’s a citation the drivers placed outside …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Crown Royal 400 at Richmond Edition

Watching the running order during Saturday’s Richmond race was similar to watching a yoyo go up and down. Pit strategy, brake wear, copious amounts of cautions, timely adjustments, and good ol’ fashioned hard-nosed racing worked in harmony to jostle both the running positions and the points standings all throughout Saturday night’s event. In comparison to the race a week and a half ago at Talladega, there may not have been an underdog winner or a series of spectacular crashes, but the numerous swaps for the lead and the constant side-by-side racing back through the pack kept its flame of excitement alive.

Running Their Mouth: 2009 Crown Royal Presents The Russ Friedman 400 at Richmond

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 Russ Friedman 400 presented by Crown Royal at Richmond International Raceway.

Bubble Breakdown: Hornish’s 2 Top 10s Make Qualifying on Speed a Distant Memory

What a strange weekend for our beloved bubble dwellers it was at Richmond. At Friday’s qualifying session, Mike Bliss put the No. 09 Dodge in the sixth starting position with what seemed to be a car running with the momentum from last week’s upset win at Talladega. Scott Speed also looked like his team was harnessing their momentum from the previous weekend with an eighth-place qualifying run. In contrast, Robby Gordon, looked to be struggling with a 36th-place qualifying effort, while Sam Hornish Jr. looked to be back to normal with a lackluster 28th-place starting spot. But as you know, strange things happen under the lights at Richmond… so to see if our bubble teams flipped their weekends around, read on in this week’s edition of the Bubble Breakdown.

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2009 Crown Royal presents the Russ Friedman 400 at Richmond

Brian Vickers’s No. 83 struggled with handling issues early on. This resulted in him dropping out of the top 10. Vickers then missed pit road during the first round of green-flag pit stops, dropping Vickers off the lead lap. After bottoming out around 30th, Vickers came back through the field and got the Free Pass back onto the lead lap with the 14th caution on lap 347. Pitting for tires under that caution allowed Vickers to race up to a 15th-place finish.

Bubble Breakdown: Part-Timer Wins at Talladega While Top-30 Teams Turn in Top 15s

With both restrictor-plate wrecks and engines evening the playing field, six cars outside the top 30 in the owner standings wound up in the top 15 at the finish. Were Sam Hornish Jr. and Robby Gordon among the lucky group that broke through? You’ll just have to read on to find out in this week’s edition of the Bubble Breakdown.

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Subway Fresh 500 at Phoenix Edition

Another one bit the dust in the sands out west at Phoenix Saturday night. But as the smoke cleared from the Cup Series’ eighth race of the season, we’re left with plenty of storylines from a weekend’s worth of action at PIR. Mark Martin became one of the oldest drivers ever to win a NASCAR …

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The Yellow Stripe: 50 is the New 20 for Mark Martin

The NASCAR season is brutally long, and with 36 races across 10 months, you know that from time to time you’re going to see an absolute stinker of a race. But from the moment I clicked on the broadcast on Saturday night, I just had a feeling it was going to be a fantastic evening …

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