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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2011 Wonderful Pistachios 400 at Richmond

I can’t say that I’m a fan of NASCAR’s selectively allowing the boys to have at it. First, Kyle Busch was allowed to blatantly wreck Elliott Sadler in the CWTS race at Bristol without so much as a public slap on the wrist. Then at Richmond, there were three separate payback incidents handled three different ways.

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2011 Quaker State 400 at Kentucky

He may have had to settle for a second-place finish, but David Reutimann did it in fine fashion, beating series champion Jimmie Johnson at the line – a feat that’s hard to lay claim to as Johnson is a bulldog when it comes to protecting a finish. But Reutimann was able to pass Johnson in the tri-oval, and might have had something for race winner Kyle Busch if he’d had a few more laps. Plus, unlike the All-Star event, he didn’t have to endure being called “Rooty-tooty fresh and fruity” from the booth. That’s a bonus no matter where you finish.

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2011 Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte

Most of the top five was completely predictable, but the driver who finished third was a bit of a surprise. David Reutimann looked like he might have something for Carl Edwards after a charge off the final restart, but could advance no further in the closing laps of what was one of the least exciting All-Star events in recent memory. Darrell Waltrip got a little carried away during the charge, calling Reutimann “Rooty Tooty Fresh and Fruity,” which was an advertising slogan from International House of Pancakes. Here’s hoping that one won’t stick…

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in NASCAR: Everyone BUT the Big 3

Here’s my Hot/Not in NASCAR gift from me to you, a guided tour away from all things Chase, FedEx, Lowe’s and Pennzoil into the world of other drivers whose seasons – and coverage – in the minds of many ended weeks ago.

Did You Notice? How to Make People Race, a Sponsor’s Decade-Long Despair & Hendrick’s Ace Card

“Hey, we want you involved in NASCAR at a high-end price,” says Mr. Hendrick. “No way!” says Sponsor X. “Cars going around in circles is not our thing, especially with that dollar amount you just threw out.” “OK,” is the owner’s response. “But how about pairing you up with a campaign to end hunger, a positive PR opportunity for your company that comes at a bargain price, maybe a one or two-race sponsorship deal?”

Running Their Mouth: 2010 TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville

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 TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

Running Their Mouth: 2010 Sylvania 300 at Loudon

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 Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway:

Voice of Vito: Busch Bashing Justified Jeers or Just Sour Grapes?

Kyle Busch has had an eventful past few weeks, getting more airtime and mentions than any show on SPEED in what seems to be a constant loop of public disaffection. In Bristol, he swept all three races in the Camping World Truck, Nationwide and Sprint Cup series, a feat that was heralded by many in …

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