Tag Archives: John Andretti

Tech Talk: Trent Owens On Martinsville Handling, Truck Arms & Tire Wear

The No. 43 and Martinsville Speedway are synonymous with each other. Richard Petty took the car to victory lane 15 times in his career. North Wilkesboro was the only other track where The King took as many checkered flags first. Prior to Aric Almirola’s win at Daytona in 2014 the …

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Bubble Breakdown: Andretti, Labonte’s Solid Showing Leaves Speed Searching For Answers

Well if you were to ask John Andretti, he'd tell you that New Hampshire is just beautiful this time of year; but ask Scott Speed, and you may get a totally different answer. While driving to a solid 26th-place finish, Andretti and the No. 34 team extended their lead over Speed and the No. 82 car for the final "locked in" spot in the field each week. So to see just how badly Front Row Motorsports beat their rivals, as well as how your other bubble dwellers did, read on in this week's edition of the Breakdown.

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Bubble Breakdown: Regan Smith Smashes Streak While John Andretti Extends Lead On 35th

With NASCAR's Chase for the Cup upon us and twelve of the sport's top drivers locked in and ready to battle for the championship, the chase just to be in the top 35 has boiled down to pretty much two teams: *John Andretti (No. 34) and Scott Speed (No. 82)*. Andretti's once comfortable margin in Front Row's car had dwindled to less than 100 points heading into Richmond last Saturday night, as Speed had strung together a number of decent runs while Andretti struggled to even crack the top 30. So was Scott able to keep narrowing the gap at Richmond, or was John able to stabilize his lead? Read on to find the fate of that duo, as well who's mourning the end of an impressive streak in this week's edition of the Bubble Breakdown...

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David Stremme, Paul Menard Lead Several Bubble Drivers With Top 20 Finishes

Well pull up a chair kids, we had a major case of musical seats amongst some of our bubble teams that isn’t even over yet and I’m gonna try and explain it all to you. It started when Bobby Labonte who drives for Hall of Fame Racing was taken out of his ride by HOF’s “partner” Robert Yates Racing and replaced with young Erik Darnell for seven of the last 11 races. Needless to say Labonte was none too happy. When this news broke, TRG Racing offered their seat to Labonte for the seven races he’d be available starting at Atlanta Sunday night. This meant their regular driver David Gilliland was out for those seven races, including Atlanta until Bill Elliott cracked some ribs in a dirt bike accident. The Wood Brothers then tabbed Gilliland to drive their car for the weekend. Gilliland then also landed a ride next weekend driving the No. 7 Toyota for Robby Gordon Motorsports while Robby is away at an off road event. This opens up the No. 71 ride next weekend and it will be filled by Mike Bliss, who drove the No. 09 Dodge this weekend, which next weekend will be the No. 09 Chevy driven by Brad Keselowski. If this wasn’t confusing enough, Joe Gibbs Racing has a contractual obligation to Farm Bureau to put the No. 02 Toyota on the track with Farm Bureau as a primary sponsor. And who is gonna drive it? David Gilliland. This puts David in an odd position as he’s scheduled to drive both the No. 71 and the No. 02 at Charlotte. Oh and by the way Bobby Labonte is still gonna drive his old No. 96 in four races. So there it is, clear as mud. With all this you must be asking yourself how all of the drivers did in their new rides. Well to find out read on in this week’s edition of the bubble breakdown.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Sharpie 500 at Bristol Edition

Welcome back Bristol – we missed you! Or maybe you never left and we just had to get used to a few less shoving matches in the Thunder Valley Bull Ring. Nonetheless, the Sprint Cup Series capped off an exciting week of racing at Bristol Motor Speedway by seeing Kyle Busch break out of both a bad streak in the Cup Series and in the public relations realm. The win over dominant Mark Martin allowed Busch to inch closer to the Chase threshold and put fellow contenders Brian Vickers and Clint Bowyer in his rear view mirror, with just Atlanta and Richmond left before the start of the playoff. Toward the top of the standings, both Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon clinched Chase berths, while points leader Tony Stewart had a rare poor outing. Heading into this off weekend, here are the *HOT*, *WARM*, and *COLD* this week:

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Top 15 Finish Has Scott Speed in Striking Distance of Top 35

Well bubble fans it looks like we’re losing one of our bubble dwellers, again. During the week it has been reported that David Stremme will be replaced in the No. 12 Team Penske Dodge by rising star Brad Keselowski in 2010 if not sooner. David was just not getting the job done for team Penske, sitting in 31st in the owner’s standings while driving for an organization that has seen the resurgence of Kurt Busch and a huge improvement with Sam Hornish Jr. With Keselowski, Roger Penske gets a driver that has equaled the number of top ten finishes posted by Stremme and has done it in just eight races this year compared to 98 career starts for David. And while Stremme has yet to win a race at NASCAR’S top level, Mr. Keselowski has the dramatic win at Talladega back a few months ago on his resume. So with news of his impending departure, would Stremme get up on the wheel and go out with a bang or just fizzle out? Read on to see how David and the rest of the bubble teams did at Bristol Motor Speedway in this week’s edition of the Bubble Breakdown.

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Underdog Bubbles Burst While John Andretti Beats Scott Speed on Fuel Mileage

*Breaking Down The Bubble:* The last few weeks, John Andretti’s radio has been a little livelier than normal. Instead of just lap times and car positioning, John has been requesting to know where the No. 82 car is on the track. That's because Red Bull Toyota has beaten Andretti’s No. 34 Chevrolet the last three races, slowly closing the gap between the teams. This type of behavior is called "looking over your shoulder;" but as Speed applies more pressure, John will only be looking more and more. So to see if Speed did just that at Michigan, read on in this week’s edition of the Bubble Breakdown. *Focusing on the bubble:* *Scott Speed and his No. 82 Red Bull Team* thoroughly dominated *John Andretti’s No. 34 Carfax Chevrolet* right up until two laps to go on Sunday afternoon.

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Bubble Breakdown: Scott Speed Slowly Chipping Away At John Andretti’s Lead

I am gonna start this week’s column with a bit of advice, as I know many of you attend races and even camp at the track like I do. So if you are camping at the race, and they come over the PA system and warn of impending severe thunderstorms, go take down your 30 feet high metal flagpole _BEFORE_ the lightning moves into the area. However, I am sure my readers are smart enough that I don’t need to tell them that... so on to the race from Watkins Glen. My *Ron Fellows* in Victory Circle prediction fell apart very early, as a broken starter sent the road racing ace to the garage for repairs on lap 28, costing him several laps on the track. But not every bubble driver struggled at the Glen, and we even had a non-top 35 driver post their first career top 10 finish. So read on in this week’s edition of the Bubble Breakdown to see which drivers actually had a good Monday in Upstate New York.

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Bubble Breakdown: Tempers Flare Between David Stremme and Robby Gordon at Pocono

Rain forced the postponement of Sunday’s race until Monday afternoon, meaning there will be no bubble chatter this week as I had to work and therefore wasn’t able to listen to the in car radio communications during the event. I tried to get out early, but when I asked my boss if I could leave early to go home and watch the race he gave me the look that said get out of my office and go back to work, now. So I hid in a corner of the plant, huddled with a radio, listening to see if Scott Speed would make any headway into John Andretti’s hold on 35th, and if Robby Gordon would just plain lay one upside David Stremme’s head. So to see how the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 played out for our bubble teams, read on in this week’s edition of the bubble breakdown.

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Scott Speed Wins The Indy Battle, But John Andretti Winning The War

Sunday, NASCAR traveled to the hallowed halls of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in their annual attempt to show that if you take 43 stock cars and put them at one of the greatest tracks in the entire world, you really don’t get very good racing. While a caution with thirty laps to go made for a good finish for the fans, it was no help for several of our bubble teams, who were struggling all afternoon and wanted nothing more than for the race to be over. Scott Speed found trouble early, Bill Elliott found it late, and Robby Gordon found it both early and often. To see just what those troubles were -- and if John Andretti was able to hold on to his guaranteed starting spot -- read on in this week’s edition of the bubble breakdown.

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