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Running Their Mouth: 2009 Coca-Cola 600

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 …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2009 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte

David Reutimann won Monday’s Coke 600, despite scratching up the right side of the No. 00 Aaron’s Toyota. Crew chief Rodney Childers’s call for the 'Franchise' to stay out instead of pitting before the race’s final caution flag put the Michael Waltrip Racing driver in the lead ahead of Ryan Newman, Robby Gordon and Carl Edwards. The crew chiefs of all of these entries deserve three thumbs up for playing the Mother Nature card and snagging top-five finishes.

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David Reutimann Wins Rain-Shortened Coca-Cola 600

You can’t fool Mother Nature. Try as they might, NASCAR was unable to keep the race track dry after the final of four rain showers that doused the speedway today. After 227 laps, 340 and a half miles, the race was called official and David Reutimann played pit strategy, staying out when the rest of the field came in for their pit stop on what turned out to be the final caution. Coming from 14th place to the lead, Reutimann scored his first victory in NASCAR’s top series. Reutimann is now the 20th driver to have completed the NASCAR trifecta, winning a race in Cup, Nationwide and Trucks.

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Numbers Game: 2009 Coca-Cola 600

1st Career Sprint Cup victory for Coca-Cola 600 winner David Reutimann in 75 starts. 1 Number of times winner Reutimann led the Coca-Cola 600 Monday. 1 Career Cup win for owner Michael Waltrip after Reutimann’s trip to Victory Lane on Monday. 1 Car moved to the rear of the field …

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Grading The 2009 Sprint Cup Pack: Part Two

*Hendrick Motorsports* (Nos. 5, 24, 25, 48, 88) *Stats:* 4 Wins, 15 Top 5s, 22 Top 10s in 47 starts *Best Driver:* Jeff Gordon (1 Win, 8 Top 10s, Point Leader) Danny: They only get the minus because of Junior. Otherwise, it’s business as usual for Rick Hendrick’s fantastic four. *Grade: A-.* Tom: What they’ve done this season is so impressive, I think Junior doesn’t even matter at this point. Hendrick has formed the model of the satellite team (the way to get around a four-car limit) while drivers Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon are the ones to beat for this year’s title. Oh, and there’s a 50-year-old named Mark Martin who’s on track to win six races. What more do you want? OK, OK I hear ya Junior Nation… but if the Tony Eury, Jr. era is truly over, it’s just a matter of time before he picks it up. *Grade: A.*

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Frontstretch Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 Subway Fresh 500 at Phoenix

Phoenix's Saturday night showdown may have been Mark Martin's time to shine... but it didn't mean much for the rest of the Sprint Cup competition. Most of the racing behind him was tame at best, with few top drivers encountering problems that left them dropping off our Power Rankings list. However, Jeff Gordon's loose lugnut issue was enough to loosen his grip on the top spot in our latest poll -- the number of first-place votes for him dropped significantly amongst our Frontstretch experts. Was that enough to cause a change at No. 1? And just how far did Martin's win make him rise? Read on to find out in this week's edition of our Top 15.

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Frontstretch Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 Samsung 500 at Texas

Things at Texas happen fast these days, leaving the margin of error slim to none on what's become the sport's speediest track. From Kyle Busch cutting a tire to Carl Edwards having trouble on pit road, too many of the sport's biggest superstars discovered that answer too little, too late. The end result was a major shakeup in our poll this week, with our experts dropping no less than three drivers right out of the rankings. Luckily for Jeff Gordon, he already knew the dangers -- 0-for-16 for his career in the Lone Star State entering Sunday -- and was finally able to put the bad karma behind him in streaking to his first victory of 2009.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Samsung 500 at Texas Edition

Jeff Gordon’s large winless streak came to an end Sunday in Texas – where everything is big. But while Gordon had a giant weight lifted off his shoulders, other drivers felt huge swings in the points. Greg Biffle gained eight spots in the standings after his third-place Texas run, while Mark Martin’s sixth-place finish gained him nine positions. AJ Allmendinger’s ignition issues relegated him to a 34th-place finish and lost him five spots in the points, while Kevin Harvick and Michael Waltrip each lost four places after lousy runs. Inside the top 12, most drivers changed at least one spot, with Matt Kenseth leading the charge, climbing three spots to ninth after running fifth in Texas. Gordon also is seeing his points lead stretch, as you will find out in this week’s list of HOT, WARM, and COLD drivers.

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 Samsung 500 at Texas

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 a select few were thinking following the Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

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