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Rookie Report: Joey Logano Leads Quiet Night for Rookie Contenders

*Scott Speed:* *Start: 32nd; Finish: 24th* *Summary: It certainly wasn't flashy, but Scott Speed finished the race 24th, with a car in good shape. That's about everything Team Red Bull can ask at this point, considering that the top 35 is all but out of reach and that the organization's focus is square on the No. 83 car and securing a Chase berth, not working on developing a rookie driver. The other good news for Speed was that in his now third trip back to Atlanta, he posted his first top 25 finish, a result ten places better than he produced in the spring. The measuring stick for all rookies is with regard to improving on repeat visits, and Speed did just that on Sunday.*

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Patience and Perseverance Pay Off for Speed at Bristol

In Friday’s Driver Diary, Scott Speed gave the Frontstretch faithful a little insight into how he would perform this weekend when he wrote that he that believed he had a car better than what the team brought to Bristol earlier in 2009. Well, it may have not looked that way early on, but this driver and team ran the half-mile exactly the way they should have and were rewarded in the end. Speed did not overdrive the car and kept his nose clean while providing effective feedback to his crew chief. That’s exactly what he did at this track back in the spring where he finished in the 28th position. What was the difference that led to a better result this time around? Experience. It’s been a rough year so far, but Team Red Bull has to feel good about how their driver is growing, especially as they hit the homestretch. I certainly thought that last week’s uncharacteristically horrendous run for Marcos Ambrose would kill most of the momentum the team gained from their runner-up finish at The Glen. Turns out I was wrong.

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NASCAR News for Thursday, July 9, 2009

NASCAR Beckons 4th U.S. Circuit Court to Restore Mayfield’s Ban As reported in the Frontstretch newsletter on July 7th, NASCAR filed a motion in federal court on Monday asking District Court Judge Graham Mullen to reverse the July 1st injunction that lifted Jeremy Mayfield’s indefinite suspension from racing and allowed …

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Joey Logano and Greg Zipadelli Ride New Rules To Pocono’s Top Rookie Prize

Not even a dominant victory in Saturday’s ARCA RE/MAX Pocono 200 could prepare Joey Logano for the “Tricky Triangle” – Sprint Cup Style. The rookie, who saw Pocono for the first time in his career this past weekend, was given the chance to earn valuable experience in Bill Venturini’s No. 25 Camry during the support race. The 19 year-old took full advantage of the opportunity - leading 52 laps en route to a dominant victory. Despite his supremacy on Saturday, Logano appeared out of his league, when the green flag flew on Sunday. The No. 20 Toyota fell from his 23rd starting spot almost immediately and lost a lap before the half-way mark as the Logano struggled with an ill-handling race car.

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Cup Rookies Avoid That Vegas Gambling Temptation… And Survive

*Joey Logano:* *Start: 20th; Finish: 13th* *Summary:* In the land of numbers and luck, it turned out that the number 13 was, in fact, lucky for rookie Joey Logano. After a difficult start to 2009 where the Connecticut native recorded two finishes outside of the top 25 and spun during a Shelby 427 practice session on Saturday, the 18-year-old pulled it together at Vegas to finish a career-best 13th place.

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