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Running Their Mouth: 2010 Autism Speaks 400 at Dover

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 the Autism Speaks 400 at Dover International Speedway.

Bubble Breakdown: Darlington Crashfest Keeps Top-35 Tussle Tight

Last week on the Bubble Breakdown: As Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon romped around Richmond, all the bubble contenders fell off the lead lap and were left scrounging for spots from 26th on back. In the end, Kevin Conway finished 13 laps down and lost his spot on the bubble to Front Row Motorsports teammate …

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Bubble Breakdown: The Curious Case of Kevin Conway

Last week on the Bubble Breakdown: A wild afternoon of restrictor-plate chaos at Talladega vaulted Robby Gordon back into the Top 35 while Robert Richardson Jr., back in the No. 37, saw his Front Row team fall just two points out in 36th. Between the two teams sat the car driven by Kevin Conway, whose …

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Happy Hour: Will Kasey Kahne Be Much Better at Hendrick? Not if Recent History is a Guide

Whenever a high profile driver changes teams, much is made of how well he will perform at his new digs. Either he will finally realize his long-stifled talent, or there’s going to be some struggles while the new team “gets back on track” with the help of his leadership in the garage. It seemed like …

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5 Points to Ponder: Cup Be Damned for the Shrub, JRM’s Ego & Mears’s Ride?

Tell me again why it was so important for JR Motorsports to dump Kelly Bires? Landon Cassill’s debut in JRM equipment resulted in an 18th-place finish, a result that equaled Bires’s worst finish of the 2010 season that didn’t involve a mechanical failure.

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2010 Subway Fresh Fit 600 at Phoenix Edition

This year’s spring race at Phoenix was hampered by three things: faulty pit strategy, bugs and a race that was 100 kilometers more than it actually should be. Seriously, why in the world would organizers add laps to an event – on a Saturday night, no less – when the number one complaint amongst the …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: NASCAR Not the Only Winner in the Blame Game

“NASCAR is boring.” Or so say many race fans and media, frustrated with the changes in the sport in recent years. We heap the blame on the sanctioning body for everything from A to Z; and let’s face it, we enjoy it. NASCAR is such an easy target for everyone’s frustrations, especially considering the facts; …

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For Hamlin, the 2010 Season Ended on a High Note… This Week

  Monday at Martinsville put Denny Hamlin square in the spotlight. It was a do-or-die weekend at a home-state track, a race many saw as his only chance to save a season that saw him slumping to 19th in points and posing no remote threat for the Sprint Cup title in 2010. His back against …

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Mirror Driving: Gordon’s Wasted Win, Real Rivalries & Hornaday vs. Sauter

Martinsville gave us one of the wilder finishes in recent memory, with Denny Hamlin charging from ninth to first after a bad call to pit for fresh tires. But with so many drivers that had a shot at it, which one should be cursing themselves over the “one that got away?”

Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2010 Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville

On a green-white-checkered restart in overtime (lap 507), the No. 11 car of Denny Hamlin on four fresh tires tagged the back of the No. 39 Haas Automation Chevrolet of Ryan Newman, then the No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet of Jeff Gordon – and then the No. 17 Crown Royal Ford of Matt Kenseth, clearing the way for him to take the lead and the victory.

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