Tag Archives: Andrew Ranger

Mirror Driving: Montreal To Cup?, Atlanta Angst, And Where Have All The Rookies Gone?

*The Nationwide Series ran a wild and crazy race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Sunday, with rain tires and a roller coaster running order jumbling up the finish. Was the competition overall better than last year, and is this a venue where NASCAR should explore sending the Cup teams at this point?* Beth: It wasn't bad, but I wouldn't be too quick to move the Cup Series there. Jeff: I agree; while I liked the race, the circuit is just not ready for Cup. Amy: I’m with you two. I thought the race was decent, but in my opinion, it's a good venue for a NNS standalone -- and that’s it.

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Did You Notice? NASCAR’s A Young Man’s Game, Chasing Survival, And Highway Robbery

*Did You Notice?* … That with Michael Waltrip and now Bobby Labonte possibly out of full-time rides in 2010, the Cup Series has become more of a young man’s game than ever before – and the age of gray-haired success stories may finally be gone for good. Looking at the lineup of 2010 full-time teams, just four men age 40 or older are set to show up with fully-sponsored cars: Mark Martin, Jeff Burton, Robby Gordon, and Greg Biffle (who turns 40 in December). Why is that such a big deal? A quick look back at the landscape of Cup Series champions shows that 40 used to be the age drivers would reach their peak … not fall into either retirement or obscurity. Just look at the average age of Cup Series champions from 1990 through 2000...

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Montreal

For the third year in a row, Marcos Ambrose was the class of the field. And for the third year in a row, he failed to take the checkered flag at Montreal. Ambrose, who in an interview that ran during the race broadcast was quoted calling his secret to road racing “minimizing the mistakes made on every lap,” broke his own golden rule on the final circuit. Coming to the course's final turn, Ambrose was attempting to block a hard-charging Carl Edwards by running the middle of the track. And while the move successfully blocked Edwards, it also put Ambrose out of position for the last turn.

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 EnjoyIllinois.com 225/NAPA Auto Parts 200 Edition

_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 EnjoyIllinois.com 225 at Chicagoland Speedway and the NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve:_ *EnjoyIllinois.com 225* "It was a really good night for us. The Miccosukee Tundra was pretty good. We were real proud of the way that we brought a brand new truck here out of the box. We were dragging in practice a little bit and had to work through a few things to get the truck off the race track. We're going to take it home, work on it a little bit, polish it up and get it ready for the next one. Hopefully we can [win)]a few more times this season." _Kyle Busch_

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Five Points to Ponder: 2009 NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Montreal Edition

*One of the worst races of the year?* Yesterday’s Nationwide fiasco in Montreal had its share of memorable moments, from the final stage of the race being run on a wet track to a record number of cautions and a last lap pass for the win. Normally, those are three key variables that make a race “exciting,” but aside from the drama in the last stages of the race, the rest of the demolition derby just didn’t sit right with me. I like the track, I thought the series had a much better approach to racing in the rain this time around, and I thought the race was overall pretty competitive. But there comes a point when there are too many wrecks, and the fact that there was such little racing – especially in the closing stages of the race – the nonstop carnage totally ruined the race in my eyes. If I had to see another crash involving Antonio Perez or Steven Wallace I had one finger on the remote ready to turn the broadcast off. I’m a big supporter of roadcourse racing, but if I had to grade yesterday’s race, I’d give it a C-, leaning towards a D...and that includes the great finish.

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2008 Food City 250 at Bristol

Friday night was the night Clint Bowyer was looking for. After enduring weeks of poor-handling racecars and seeing his points lead diminish, Bowyer and the No. 2 team found themselves amongst the class of the field. By lap 106, they took the lead and never looked back... that is, until lap 227. Bowyer -- in the lead with no surrounding lapped traffic -- got loose exiting turn 1 and slipped up the racetrack, opening the door for Brad Keselowski. Finishing off a charge to the front from his 37th starting spot, Keselowski flew by Bowyer and led the remainder of the race, scoring his second Nationwide Series win of the season and of his career.

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