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What’s Vexing Vito: Looking for News Where There is None to be Found

As the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup season winds down, there has been little in the way of bombshell reports, earth shattering developments or anything garnering more than a passing interest the last few weeks in the world of stock car racing. What used to constitute Silly Season has come and gone, and what we’re left …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville

Although he didn’t win on Sunday, Jimmie Johnson continued his death grip on the top spot in the Power Rankings, with his second-place finish at Martinsville more than enough to secure all 10 of the first-place votes this week. With four races left, the No. 48 needs to only avoid the Talladega wreck to coast …

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Talking NASCAR TV: ESPN Should Promote Nationwide-Only Drivers While Showing Us More Backbone

Hello and welcome to this week’s critique, entry No. 39 in an ongoing series where I look into NASCAR’s TV broadcasts. This past weekend saw the Cup Series compete on Sunday in the TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway, while Kroger Supermarkets sponsored races in the other two divisions: the Truck Series’ Kroger 200 …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Edition

The usual suspects played “follow the leader” at Martinsville in what proved to be a fairly competitive race. Jimmie Johnson, winner of five of the last six races at the track, led a large portion of the middle of the event, eventually losing the point to Denny Hamlin. But Hamlin, who had a score to …

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville

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 they all were thinking following the TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

5 Points to Ponder: 2009 TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville

Brought up as this week’s field of start and parkers started falling by the wayside, fans and Frontstretch panelists involved in the Frontstretch live blog voted that the recent epidemic of start-and-parkers is indeed bad for the sport. The question is, what hurts the credibility of the sport more: not having full fields, or having cars start-and-park to collect a few dollars?

Denny Hamlin Scores Career-High 3rd Win of Season in 2009 TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville

From the drop of the green flag on Sunday’s TUMS Fast Relief 500, it was clear the race was going to be a battle between points leader Jimmie Johnson and fellow Chasers Juan Pablo Montoya and Jeff Gordon. However, in the end it was Virginia-native Denny Hamlin who was able to hold off Johnson on …

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Thompson in Turn 5: Martin/Montoya the Closest Martin Has Come to an On-Track Feud

Two weeks ago, Turn 5 focused on the increasingly more confident Juan Pablo Montoya and his newfound status as one of the elite drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The article Juan Pablo Has Arrived, But Championship Hopes Are Underpowered chronicled the third-year driver for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing’s ascent from struggling freshman and sophomore …

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