Tag Archives: David Ragan

What’s Vexing Vito: Unsolicited Opinions on Things You Haven’t Thought About Until Now

In this space each week, I usually wax poetic – or manic – depending on your view, on some topic that has been, by this point in the week, completely beaten to death and rehashed to the point that you probably can’t fire off a letter to me quick enough, …

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Driver Report Cards, Part II: Grading Dale Jr. And The Rest

Continuing on from yesterday’s review, it’s time for Professors Danny and Tom to grade those drivers sitting at the back of the class. Whether it’s some bad racing luck, poor chemistry with a crew chief, or just plain awful driving, most of these guys from 21st on back have endured a season they’d like to forget. As the upcoming summer stretch heats up, those unlucky enough to be a part of this list won’t be fighting to make the Chase; instead, they’ll be working to save their jobs, explaining to unhappy sponsors and owners how things didn’t go as planned. But in the midst of this group are a handful of diamonds in the rough, wheelmen overachieving with single-car teams overmatched from the start against the multi-car powerhouses. Just which of these underdogs stood out above the rest? Read below to find out as our two-part midseason report card series comes to a close.

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Bubble Driver Review: David Ragan Biggest Disappointment Amongst This Group In 2009

Well, it’s that time of year where we look back at the first half of 2009 and grade our bubble teams. Keep in mind this report card is aimed at a specific subset inside the Cup garage -- those in and around the cutoff for the 35 "locked in" spots the series gives out each week -- and not the entire 43-car field. With that in mind, read on to see which of these struggling teams are actually overachieving with limited resources, as well as which ones are falling short of expectations as we take a closer look at the cars on the bubble 19 races into the season.

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Talking NASCAR TV: Lack of On-Track Action Hurts All Broadcasts at Chicagoland

Hello, race fans. Chicagoland Speedway brought us some more rain on Friday, but thankfully, it did not cancel any sessions. Instead, the racing Friday and Saturday night suffered from a different problem: it was rather spread out and kind of boring. In fact, there hadn’t been so much as a spinout all weekend until 55 laps remained in the Cup race. How did the lack of racing on the track affect the TV coverage itself? Let’s see...

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Five Points to Ponder: 2009 Lifelock 400 at Chicagoland Edition

*ONE: Will Martin Truex Jr. make the Chase in his first year at MWR?* *_Fan Vote -- YES: 63%; NO: 38%_* It was a move Martin Truex, Jr. had to make. The No. 1 Earnhardt-Ganassi team has been in disarray all season long, and Truex has felt the effects with just three top 10s and a current 24th spot in the driver standings. A move to Michael Waltrip Racing may not be a jump to a perennial powerhouse, but it’s a move that could reap benefits as both David Reutimann and Marcos Ambrose have shown that the team does harness potential. The million dollar question is, though, will the partnership between Truex and Waltrip lead to a Chase berth in 2010?

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Part-Time Schedule Yielding Big Time Results For Furniture Row Racing

Rain washed out qualifying for Daytona last Friday meaning the field was set by owner’s points. This was not good news as the teams outside the top 35 not only had to start at the rear of the field, they also had to do so in their qualifying set-up as this was the second of three impound races this season. However, the good news is that back in February Matt Kenseth proved that you can come from the back to the front and win at Daytona. So with that in mind, read on to see which of our bubble drivers went to the front, which ones didn’t, and which ones never even made it to the checkered flag in this week’s edition of the bubble breakdown.

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NASCAR News for Friday, July 3, 2009

Mayfield cannot find ride for Coke Zero 400 On Wednesday, the big news story in NASCAR was that Jeremy Mayfield had received an injunction from a Federal judge which allowed him to attempt to qualify for this weekend’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. However, there are some problems …

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Back To The Few Sure – Roush Looks To Rebound From Miserable Season at The Friendly Confines of Daytona

Remember that scene in Dumb & Dumber when Lloyd Christmas starts saying, “Find a happy place…” ? Earlier this week, the stress of the day job got to be a bit much, so during lunch I went to my favorite place of refuge – the auto parts store. Don’t ask …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Edition

The Cup Series’ trip to wine country in Sonoma, Ca. sure seemed to be worth the extra gas bill. The inevitable fuel strategy gambles and unpredictable mishaps that Infineon Raceway commonly produces shuffled up the running order many times during Sunday’s race. The racing action through the pack was tight and fender-banging, especially in the closing laps, helping to cure the spacious, snooze-worthy action of the past couple of weeks in Michigan and Pocono. Despite the race boiling down to fuel strategy, the best driver and car combination won the event. Kasey Kahne survived several restarts and held off an almost equal car and superior driver in Tony Stewart. Not every team was as lucky, as some Chase hopefuls took hits in the points and others that have struggled all year continued that trend. Here are this week’s *HOT*, *WARM*, and *COLD* drivers.

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