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Running Their Mouth: 2009 Brickyard 400

_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 peek at what the drivers were thinking following the Allstate 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:_ "That was unbelievable. I hope the fans enjoyed that race. I can't say enough about this team and all of Hendrick Motorsports. It was a fun battle with my teammate Mark Martin. Damn is he fast. For an old guy he had me pretty worried. It's great to work with him and work with Alan (Gustafson) and work with all my teammates at Hendrick Motorsports." _Jimmie Johnson_

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2009 Driver Report Cards, Part I: Grading The Chase Contenders

We’re one race past the statistical halfway point of the 2009 season and as we gear up for the stretch run of 17 Sprint Cup races in 18 weeks, the much maligned (and in equal parts ballyhooed) “Chase for the Sprint Cup” is just seven races away. So before we get down to the serious business of the sharp end of the season, we’ve graded each of the top 40 drivers – based on the points standings as we run headed to the Brickyard. We’ve divided our review into two halves; today, we focus on the top 20 drivers while tomorrow we’ll look at the wheelmen running in positions 21 through 40. Some of these grades will seem just right to you, others a country mile off. But no matter what you think, let us know what you agree with, what you don’t, and why below… Leading off, it’s “owner/driver” Tony Stewart, a moniker he’s taken well to, it seems.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Lifelock.com 400 at Chicagoland Edition

The twosome of NASCAR races at Chicagoland Speedway this weekend seemed to be shaping up in the same, slow way that we have come to grow used to at Joliet, Illinois' cookie-cutter track. On Friday, the Nationwide Series race was nothing more than a parade of small floats attempting to give chase to the behemoth balloon that is the Joe Gibbs Racing's Toyota-powered team. Saturday’s Cup race wasn't much better, as the nose of Mark Martin’s Kellogg’s Chevy inhaled clean air and simply dominated, surrendering the point only to Hendrick teammate Jimmie Johnson at times. Then, all of a sudden, came those last 50 laps…

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Lifelock 400 at Michigan Edition

“Give me fuel, give me fire, give me that which I desire,” may very well have been the lyrics Jimmie Johnson was banging his head to as his dominant No. 48 Chevy sputtered to the finish of Sunday’s LifeLock 400. The three-time champ absolutely dominated at Michigan, only surrendering the lead after the final pit sequence to Greg Biffle. Ironically enough, though, both Johnson and Biffle were a little too conservative on how much fuel they conserved at the end of the race, using too much gas racing each other in the closing laps and each falling short of fuel at the finish. Biffle managed to coast to 5th place, while Johnson ran out of fuel just past the pit road entrance. That meant he had to nurse his No. 48 for almost a full lap under power, relegating him to a 22nd place result. Despite the long, boring green flag runs Sunday, seeing some teams that needed good finishes actually had them injecting a bit of excitement into what was otherwise a yawner of a race. Here are some of those programs that are *HOT*, *WARM*, and *COLD* as the Cup Series motors away from Motor City.

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 LifeLock 400 at Michigan

_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 peek at what the drivers were thinking following the LifeLock 400 at Michigan International Speedway:_ "Well, you know, this team deserves to be in the Chase, and we were on the outside looking in with all the trouble we've had. I went for the points, man. We ran out [of fuel], coming off of [turn] four. I told Rick (Hendrick, team owner) just please don't fire me. I qualified 32nd Friday night, and I was laying in bed just worrying about it. Heck, I love this stuff. I want to drive this car forever." _Mark Martin_

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Number Five Is Alive: Mark Martin Outwits and Outlasts Opponents In 2009 Lifelock 400 At Michigan

_Ste-Pha-Nie….Number Five…is ALIVE!_ Remember that from the 1986 movie, _Short Circuit_? It was about a robot that, after being struck by lightning, has an awakening and decides that he is not a singularly programmed machine with a single purpose but one who becomes conscious, aware, and celebrates all that is good around him. Following his third win of 2009, Mark Martin is similarly alive and well once again on the NASCAR tour, rejuvenated both physically and mentally after a couple of part-time years taken to focus on life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. After a couple of years taken to catch his breath, he is currently on pace to equal his best season since some 11 years ago, when he collected seven wins and finished runner-up in the standings in 1998.

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Mark Martin Wins 2009 Lifelock 400 at Michigan, Thanks to Fuel Mileage

Sometimes, motorsports can be cruel. You could completely dominate a race, only to lose badly at the end, either through a crash, or by mechanical means. However, sometimes, other factors can cost you a race. Sunday brought on one of those “other factors.” Jimmie Johnson, in his No. 48 Lowe’s …

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At-Track News and Notes – 2009 Lifelock 400 at Michigan

Dust In The Wind – Camping World and Nationwide Teams Lose General Motors Funding When the Sprint Cup Series comes to Michigan International Speedway, it is always as Ron Burgundy would say, “…kind of a…’Big Deal’…” Situated in the backyard of the Big Three automakers, MIS has traditionally been one …

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Will Denny Hamlin’s Supposed “Bad Luck” Derail A Promising Career?

"I think luck is the sense to recognize an opportunity and the ability to take advantage of it. The man who can smile at his breaks and grab his chances gets on." _- Samuel Goldwyn_ There is a tendency in sport, from the highest echelon to the lowest, most grassroots level, to accentuate the short term, focusing on what just happened or what is happening rather than looking at the bigger picture. A driver guiltier of that than most is the wheelman of the No. 11 FedEx Camry -- Denny Hamlin – but after a pair of shocking races, short and term are two words the Virginia native would do well not to let pass his lips in the near future.

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Happy Hour’s Best Drivers In NASCAR, Part One: Drivers #15-11

Being the Official Columnist of NASCAR is not an easy job. It’s not a matter of simply handing over a few million to NASCAR, as with most “official” entities. It takes effort. Column topics must be selected with care, as opposed to just hitting the escape key and writing something about Junior when news is dull. A thoughtful angle that no one else has observed should be provided. A position has to be taken on racing issues of the day. OK, that’s B.S. This job is fun and the difficulty level is in stark contrast with my salary of untold millions. Still, while my “official” title is self-proclaimed, it does carry certain responsibilities, and among them is one that I have long tried to avoid. And that is deciding upon and sharing who I think are the best drivers in the sport today. There isn’t any right answer. No matter who I put in my list here, someone will take issue with some or all of it. That’s okay; that’s great in fact, because maybe in a discussion I could learn some things that I didn’t know.

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