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2009 Sprint Cup Rookie Final Report Cards: Grading a Year Filled with Future Potential

Another season has come to a close, and it is time for Professor Lumbis to issue final report cards to the Freshman Class of 2009, consisting of rookies and almost rookies alike. It’s a piece you’ll want to read carefully, saving for your files, because as of right now, it looks like it could be …

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Mirror Driving: Making History, Penalizing Fairly & Winning NASCAR Fans Back in 2010

Jimmie Johnson won his fourth consecutive title last weekend, the first driver to win four in a row and fourth to win four or more titles in the history of the sport. But should an asterisk go into the record books because Johnson won under the Chase system?

The Yellow Stripe: 9 Drivers (Who Don’t Race for Hendrick) to Watch in 2010

I want to start out in this, the final Yellow Stripe of 2009, by recognizing the efforts of Jimmie Johnson. Even if your personal flavor preference is not vanilla, any true fan of our great sport should recognize the level of achievement for the entire No. 48 team: a worthy champion, no question. All told, …

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 Ford 400 at Homestead

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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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Joey Logano Captures 2009 Rookie of the Year Award Despite Rocky Finish

There were certainly some positives to take out of the 2009 season finale for this year’s rookies and almost rookies. Scott Speed tied his career-best qualifying effort. Marcos Ambrose started the Ford 400 like he was shot out of a cannon, mixing it up with the sport’s best names. Brad Keselowski finally broke into the top 30 with his new team. Finally, Joey Logano secured the 2009 Rookie of the Year title and was one broken part away from a top-10 finish.

Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Ford 300 at Homestead

If nothing else, the Ford 300 was certainly a microcosm of the 2009 season. Brad Keselowski and Jason Leffler ran hard with good cars, but not good enough to challenge Carl Edwards or Kyle Busch (though in all fairness, both were also involved in incidents). And as for the two Cup superstars who resigned themselves …

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A Look Back: The Top 10 NNS Performances of 2009

Anyone that’s read my Nationwide Series coverage over the course of the 2009 season knows full well that it’s been hard for me to find positive things to say. And as hard as I have tried to come up with some insightful concluding words to head into the off season by, I instead decided to …

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Did You Notice? Big Brother Gets to Keselowski, Marlin’s “Sterling” Career & No Championship Talk (Promise!)

Did You Notice? That with only one week left to go in the season, there’s plenty more to focus on than just the championship. Continuing the theme I had last week, let’s look at some small knickknacks people might have forgotten about with Jimmie Johnson mania on overload. That’s right, it’s time to actually adhere …

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Mirror Driving: Judging History… For Hornaday?, McGrew’s McMess & Fixing Feuds

Jimmie Johnson is now on the cusp of history at Homestead, needing only to stroke it and post a 25th-place finish to clinch. Looking back over this year’s Chase, is there any type of format that would have guaranteed a closer finish during these playoffs?

Talking NASCAR TV: The Championship is a Big Story – But Not THAT Big

Hello, race fans and welcome to my critique, entry No. 42 in a long series in which we look into the quality of NASCAR’s TV broadcasts. This week: Phoenix. Of course, before we get into the nitty gritty of the weekend’s racing, there are a couple things I want to mention. First of all, two …

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