Tag Archives: Kurt Busch

Running Their Mouth: 2009 Autism Speaks 400 at Dover

_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 Autism Speaks 400 in Dover, Delaware Sunday:_ "That was a great race. We obviously had a great race car all day long, and I've got to thank Chad (Knaus, crew chief) for giving me such a great Kobalt Tools Impala. My hats off to Tony Stewart. That was one heck of a race. I had to drive so far over my head to get by him. Just very proud of this effort and what we did out there on the race track today." _Jimmie Johnson_

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Return Of The Forgotten Busch Brother

After an almost inexplicable collapse in the Chase last year, one that was largely due to mechanical failures rather than driver errors, Kyle Busch in 2009 has reverted to being the dominating force he was in 2008. Once again, the driver of the 18 car has been making noise that cannot be ignored, scoring more than a quarter of the top series’ wins thus far and telling reporters he may challenge the King someday in total wins with his victories in the other two series. And along with his racing success comes his cocky, unrepentant, and daring attitude. Kyle is refreshing or offensive, but he’s never boring. It’s easy to watch Kyle Busch race and conclude that there aren’t many that can keep up with him when his car is right. It’s easy to see him win race after race and think him destined for all-time greatness in this sport. It’s even easy to watch Kyle Busch and ask, who can beat this kid? But Kurt’s still the Busch with the Cup on his shelf.

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Grading The 2009 Sprint Cup Pack: Part Two

*Hendrick Motorsports* (Nos. 5, 24, 25, 48, 88) *Stats:* 4 Wins, 15 Top 5s, 22 Top 10s in 47 starts *Best Driver:* Jeff Gordon (1 Win, 8 Top 10s, Point Leader) Danny: They only get the minus because of Junior. Otherwise, it’s business as usual for Rick Hendrick’s fantastic four. *Grade: A-.* Tom: What they’ve done this season is so impressive, I think Junior doesn’t even matter at this point. Hendrick has formed the model of the satellite team (the way to get around a four-car limit) while drivers Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon are the ones to beat for this year’s title. Oh, and there’s a 50-year-old named Mark Martin who’s on track to win six races. What more do you want? OK, OK I hear ya Junior Nation… but if the Tony Eury, Jr. era is truly over, it’s just a matter of time before he picks it up. *Grade: A.*

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Frontstretch Fantasy Insider: Taming the Beast of the Southeast

With the All-Star Race behind us, it’s back to points racing with one of NASCAR’s most prestigious and demanding events, the season’s only 600-mile race. Since its repaving, Lowe’s Motor Speedway has been home to fast and treacherous competition, with side by side in the corners proving next to impossible to control for drivers struggling with the handling of their race cars. A true test of man and machine, Sunday’s race will be a battle of attrition and adjustment as the track transitions from day to night. But just like Jeff Gordon’s back, the Frontstretch Fantasy Insider is ready to get your fantasy teams through 600 miles…and when our picks go three-wide, expect them to come out unscathed.

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Grading The 2009 Sprint Cup Pack: Part One

NASCAR’s longest and most grueling race, the Coca-Cola 600, represents a significant milestone in the 2009 season. It’s not quite the halfway point to the Chase (that comes the following week after Dover), but once the checkers fly late Sunday evening, we’re exactly one-third of the way through the 36-race schedule. With that in mind, it’s a good time to take a step back and look at how the Sprint Cup contenders (and pretenders) have performed thus far.

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 Sprint All-Star Race

_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 Sprint All-Star Race at Lowe's Motor Speedway:_ "I can't believe he (Matt Kenseth) gave me the bottom. But I'll take it. Matt (Kenseth) is a guy you can trust. I'm so proud of everyone on this Office Depot / Old Spice team. They've been an awesome group of guys to work with, and that's the most gratifying part about it. It's about seeing those guys and seeing them celebrating and smiling in Victory Lane when I got there. There's no check you can write in any amount that's going to make up for that or take the place of it." _Tony Stewart_

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 Crown Royal Presents The Russ Friedman 400 at Richmond

_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 Russ Friedman 400 presented by Crown Royal at Richmond International Raceway:_ "I really want to thank Combos, M&M's, Interstate Batteries, Toyota and the fans for coming out tonight. I know they were all supporting me for my birthday tonight, and we pulled out the win for them. The Combos Toyota wasn't great, but it was good enough to matter most when we needed to win here. I know this is another big win this year. I hope the team enjoys it as much as I do. It's amazing." _Kyle Busch_

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Kurt Busch: Welcome Back

Largely lost in the hubbub surrounding Sunday’s action packed contest at Talladega Superspeedway that culminated with a spectacular crash, a win by a part-time Sprint Cup driver with only five starts under his belt and the surprising finishes by the likes of Scott Speed, Joey Logano and Marcos Ambrose was the fact that Kurt Busch is now leading the driver’s championship point standings. On the merits of a sixth place finish in the Aarons’s 499, Busch moved ahead of 4-time Cup Champion Jeff Gordon and left Alabama with a slim five-point lead heading into Saturday night's race from the Richmond International Raceway. On one hand, topping the standings after only nine of 36 events on the Cup schedule isn’t that big a deal, but on the other hand that Busch, who despite being a former champion has not lead in points in more than four years, finds himself on top is significant.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Edition

What a weekend! The roller coaster-esque ebbs and flows of storylines and drama poured through Talladega more than at any track in a long time. The breakthrough win of David Ragan in Saturday’s Aaron’s 312 Nationwide Series race was impressive enough -- but it merely set the stage for what would be a remarkable finish the following day. At first, it seemed after a series of "Big Ones" it was the usual suspects who would rise to the front at the end. Ryan Newman and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. almost fulfilled that prophecy, creating their two-car breakaway during the final restart of the Aaron’s 499. But just when you thought they had it won… something unexpected actually happened in the Sprint Cup Series, as the two-car tandem of Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski blew by them on the white flag lap. And after using some brilliant strategy, it was none other than Keselowski who scored his first Cup win, handed owner James Finch his first, and assisted in one of the wildest, scariest crashes ever.

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 Aaron’s 499 at Talladega

_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 special Nationwide Series peek at what the drivers were thinking following the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway:_ "Talladega is such a crapshoot. You can't expect anything. Can't expect to win, can't expect not to win. I knew that I had to get locked into somebody's rear bumper if I was going to run up to the front. And even then you don't know if it's going to work out. I gotta apologize to Carl for wrecking him, but man the rule is you can't below the yellow line. He blocked, and I wasn't going below it. I don't want to wreck a guy but you're forcing the situation. This is NASCAR racing, and this is cool. I can't believe it." _Brad Keselowski_

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