Tag Archives: Mark Martin

Running Their Mouth: 2008 Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond

Each week, we’ll go through media reports, interviews, PR, and all 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 the car owners themselves. This week, here’s a sneak peek at what a select few were thinking following the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

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Did You Notice? Ragan’s Rise Equals Kenseth’s Fall? A Chase Race To Safety, And Stewart’s Success

Did You Notice? All the huff and puff from Dario Franchitti about “wanting to make a go of it in NASCAR” snuffed out the minute Chip Ganassi simply manned up and offered him a slot on a championship-quality ride in the IRL? It’s really a shame, because I thought the Scotsman was showing great progress once he stepped back to the Nationwide Series – where he should have been all along. An outside pole and an 11th-place finish at Bristol of all places was a sign there might have been potential for his move to stock cars. Too bad we’ll never get to see it… you’d have to think that either Franchitti was being completely dishonest, or that sponsorship never materialized to the level that he thought the team could be competitive in NASCAR next year.

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The Yellow Stripe: Grading The Pack Two-Thirds Of The Way Through 2008

66 drivers have started their engines at Sprint Cup level this season. From the high banks of Daytona to the high banks of Thunder Valley the Sprint Cup season has been in part thrilling, part farcical but for the most part, despite all the flaws (yes, even the really obvious ones), still utterly compelling. With 24 down and 12 to go, we’re exactly two-thirds of the way through the season and just two races from the start of the 2008 Chase. So for no better reason than a statistical milepost, it’s time to take a look at who’s leadings all the laps and who’s struggling to keep up with the back markers as I grade the pack after two trimesters.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2008 3M Performance 400 at Michigan Edition

There's been no better time to drive a Blue Oval in the Cup Series this year. Carl Edwards is just one of the five Roush Fenway drivers who make either the HOT or WARM lists this week, and Travis Kvapil, David Gilliland, and even the Wood Brothers have been impressive during at least one of the last two races. But while the Ford camp has found the magic touch, other teams and manufacturers are struggling with just three weeks to go until the playoffs. To see who could really go for a win -- and who's left to challenge Busch and Edwards for the title -- check out this week's edition of Who's Hot/Who's Not in Sprint Cup.

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Running Their Mouth: 2008 Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono

Each week, we’ll go through media reports, interviews, PR, and all 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 the car owners themselves. This week, here’s a sneak peek at what a select few were thinking following the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway.

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10 Points To Ponder… After the 2008 Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono

1. Midget Money - Frequent NASCAR "bad boy" Tony Stewart was fined $10,000 after reportedly becoming angry at officials during a USAC midget race when they made a competition-related decision that adversely affected Tracy Hines, who drives for Stewart’s open-wheel team. Witnesses said that Stewart charged a USAC official -- knocking his headset off -- and then shoved him. The 10-year NASCAR veteran has since apologized for his conduct, and will also pay for new radios and uniforms for officials out of his own pocket.

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Running Their Mouth: 2008 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard

Each week, we’ll go through media reports, interviews, PR, and all 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 the car owners themselves. This week, here’s a sneak peek at what a select few were thinking following the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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10 Points To Ponder… After the 2008 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard

1. Yuck! - Max Mosley, President of the governing body that oversees Formula 1 racing -- the most widely followed form of automobile racing in the world -- won a breach or privacy lawsuit against a British tabloid this week. The magazine ran a story about the 68-year old's sexual escapades that quickly got picked up by the international press, including one that included a role playing scenario which appeared to have Nazi overtones behind it. The Judge, in awarding $120,000 in damages to the F1 head said, "There was bondage, beating and domination, which seem to be typical of S&M behavior.”

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The Yellow Stripe: Drivers I Never Got To See, But Wish I Had

This list of drivers I never saw but wish I had is about as unscientific as you’re going to get. I’ve not restricted myself at all in terms of criteria, and in a couple of cases, I quote from sources that know much more than I. Where relevant, I’ve explained my reasoning, so you know I'm just not pulling these things right out of thin air. Some choices are obvious and others may surprise you; so if you think I’m missing someone, write in and tell me why.

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