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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2011 Auto Club 400 at Fontana

Juan Pablo Montoya wants an oval win in NASCAR, and 2001 is looking more and more like the year he could do it. Montoya grabbed and held onto the pole, and when all was said and done, finished 10th, keeping his eighth-place points standing and altogether looking like a legitimate contender early on with three top-10 finishes in five races.

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2011 Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas

It was a rare pole for Matt Kenseth, a driver not known for qualifying prowess, and early on it looked as though Kenseth was on cruise control, but after a flat tire and subsequent race spent struggling to get back on the lead lap, Kenseth finished a hard-fought 11th. Considering how long Kenseth was trapped a circuit down, that’s no walk in the park.

Running Their Mouth: 2009 Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix

_Welcome to Running Their Mouth! 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 sneak peek at what they all were thinking following Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway:_

*Best Quote:*

“Are you kidding me? Pinch me man, pinch me.” _Race Winner Jeff Gordon_

Grading the 2010 NASCAR Pack, Part III: Drivers Brad Keselowski – Brian Vickers

With the NASCAR season two-thirds of the way gone and the final off week now out of our way, we’re taking a brief moment of respite, grading all the drivers and teams once again on their performance so far in 2010. Tuesday, we covered an owner-by-owner breakdown of season results so far… all of which you …

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Voice of Vito: Life Beyond the Chase – NASCAR Drivers & Teams on the Cusp of Cup Contention

During the course of the last few weeks, the dominant topic of conversation in just about any motorsports medium has been NASCAR’s Chase for the Cup. Only two races remaining before points are reset and NASCAR’s version of a bracketed playoff series begins, with drivers currently ranked fifth and ninth in points likely being seeded …

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Fact or Fiction: A Look at the Chase, Team Red Bull & Brad Keselowski’s Popularity

Speaking of Team Red Bull, Vickers’s return, Scott Speed and the addition of Kasey Kahne in 2011 has left three drivers under contract for next season. The team has two options: run two cars or put Kahne in the No. 82 and let Speed out of his contract.

Brian Vickers Returning to No. 83 in 2011

In his first press conference since announcing he was diagnosed with blood clots and forced to sit out the remainder of the 2010 season, Brian Vickers met with the media Saturday in Bristol to update his condition and announce he would drive the No. 83 Red Bull Toyota in 2011. “A lot has happened since …

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Brian Vickers to Meet With Media at Bristol, Expects 2011 Return

Sources indicate to Frontstretch that Brian Vickers will meet with the media at Bristol Motor Speedway to discuss his progress and his intentions for the 2011 season. The meeting will take place following a three-month check-up examination by doctors monitoring the Red Bull Racing driver’s condition. Sources close to the situation say everything is progressing …

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The Yellow Stripe: 9 Drivers Who Need a Reset Button… Now

The running of the Coke Zero 400 on the high banks of the most famous venue in stock car racing this past Saturday night marked the exact halfway point in the 36-race schedule. While I’m on the subject of the weekend’s crashfest, why on earth did Coke decide to call it the Coke Zero 400 …

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