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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Mr. Logano’s Wild Ride Means Top-Rookie Honors for Scott Speed

This was one of those weekends where everybody involved with the sport came out as a winner when Logano walked away from an eye-popping accident that left his car in shambles. There are many negative things that have been said about this new car and with good reason, but the additional layer of safety it has introduced into the sport far outweighs the other challenges that crews and drivers have had to deal with as a result. It was unfortunate though for Logano that he was at the wrong place at the wrong time as the accident ended what could have been a potential top-10 run.

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2009 AAA 400 at Dover

Jimmie Johnson had a dominant car on Sunday, but it wasn’t always a sure thing. In fact, Johnson said afterward that even after winning the pole and being fast in all practices, he wasn’t sure the car had staying power. A few 11th-hour phone calls from crew chief Chad Knaus, though, and Johnson was back in business with the changes Knaus had brainstormed. The win is Johnson’s 15th in Chase races, more than twice as many was the next two guys put together.

Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Rookies Perform Terribly While a Former ROTY Behaves Terribly at Loudon

The New Hampshire Motor Speedway has been regarded by many as one of the most difficult tracks on the circuit. Apparently, this was true for the freshmen, who – despite their previous experience at this track – ran into a lot of difficulty trying to navigate its tight corners. Dismal outings by all of the rookies and almost rookies have left me with little to say about their performances on Sunday.

Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Freshmen Struggle to Find Footing at Richmond… With 1 Exception

14th place may appear to be an insignificant type of finish for most drivers. However, it represented just the performance the No. 20 team needed. After making significant progress in the second half of 2009, Joey Logano had cooled off somewhat over the past two weeks with finishes of 34th and 22nd at Bristol and Atlanta, respectively. After qualifying poorly, it looked as if the streak would continue, but Logano and team made steady progress towards the front and recorded a solid finish, exactly what the racing doctor ordered.

Running Their Mouth: 2009 Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta

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 Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Joey Logano Leads Quiet Night for Rookie Contenders

Much as ESPN’s focus was on the Chase and the drivers contending for it, the action at the front of the pack was largely veteran, with the rookies in the field left to run their own races and to figure out an already difficult circuit under the lights. And while Logano managed to crack the top 15 and run with the leaders (including eventual race winner Kasey Kahne), the ever-changing track conditions at Atlanta proved too much for even the Rookie of the Year leader, as the No. 20 car lost their handle and faded late.

Happy Hour: Revisiting Predictions from February 2009

Way back in February of this year, the Frontstretch staff gathered together to answer some questions about the upcoming season in an effort to sound like experts. (Some of us are, although I wont stake my career on my own expertise.) I stumbled on my responses to the six questions that Tom sent us, and I thought it would be fun to see how it’s all played out this year.

The Yellow Stripe: Has This Season Really Been All That Bad?

They say absence makes the heart grow fonder, and in the case of the Sprint Cup that’s certainly how I felt this past Sunday, as for the fourth and final time this season, NASCAR’s top echelon took a well-deserved weekend off from the relentless slog that is the Cup schedule. With 24 races in the …

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What’s Vexing Vito: Driver Introduction Music At Bristol – How To Turn a Good Idea Up To 11

This past weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, the night race that was the Sharpie 500 was host once again to one of NASCAR’s most anticipated races of the year. As NASCAR continues its effort to elevate itself to something that resembles a cross between an NFL game, Wrestlemania, and a rock concert, it featured personalized “introduction” music for each of the 43 drivers. Mercifully, “Don’t Stop Believing” was omitted from the catalog.

Running Their Mouth: 2009 Sharpie 500 at Bristol

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 Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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