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Did You Notice? Liquor’s Love Affair Turned Divorce, Throwing Caution to the Wind & Finding Earnhardt

Did You Notice? NASCAR is so quick to throw a caution for “debris,” yet so hesitant when there’s actual danger on the racetrack? The first Chase race came packaged with its share of debris yellows, a total of three cautions that threatened to change the outcome of the race. Yet during the last lap, when …

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Mirror Driving: Montoya or Martin Driving Dirty? A Cautionary Tale & As The Tryson Turns

Juan Pablo Montoya says Mark Martin played dirty at the end of the Cup race at New Hampshire. Is he a sore loser, or did Mark’s reputation let him get away with one?

Voice of Vito: Strong Chase Starts Not Always a Recipe for Championship Success

Following his fifth win of the season at Loudon this past Sunday, Mark Martin was sure he was dreaming. He had just won a race on one of the five tracks he had yet to score a victory on in the Sprint Cup Series, firing the first round in the 10-race Chase most never thought …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 Sylvania 300 at Loudon

The first Chase race is finally behind us, with Mark Martin earning his season-high fifth win of the season at New Hampshire. It was one of the wilder races in the history of the 1-mile oval, and that’s reflected in a poll in which 11 of the top 13 drivers swapped spots this week. But …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Sylvania 300 Edition

Was that New Hampshire we witnessed on Sunday? Was that the same track that, at times, has lent itself to single-file boredom? Especially in the closing laps, Sunday’s Sylvania 300 was a barnburner, with Chasers Mark Martin, Denny Hamlin and Juan Pablo Montoya sparring against each other for the lead. And while Martin went to victory …

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 Sylvania 300 at Loudon

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 they all were thinking following the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Fan’s View: The Question that is Getting Old in NASCAR

“Do you think it’s possible that somebody of Mark Martin’s age can win a Sprint Cup?” “Is it probable that someone as young as Joey Logano could win a Cup?” “Does your age give you an advantage over the younger racers?” “Are you willing to work with somebody much younger than you?” “Does your age …

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Bowles-Eye View: Montoya & Mystery Debris? The Perfect Formula for NASCAR to Ruin Martin’s Hollywood Story… Not

Mark Martin’s been through the pain too many times before. Forgive him, then, for breathing the biggest sigh of relief after somehow surviving round one of NASCAR’s 10-race prizefight known as the Chase to the Championship. For after a picture-perfect race that left him a shoo-in for a season-high fifth victory, it seemed the stars …

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