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Happy Hour: Wins Leaders Both in Danger of Missing Playoffs?

Remember the good old days, when we didn’t care who was fighting for 12th place in the standings too much? Those days are gone, even for me. Kyle Busch and Mark Martin, two great drivers on opposite ends of NASCAR Nation’s polarization spectrum, battled to one of the best finishes of the year in Bristol …

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Voice of Vito: Fuel for Thought – Making the Case for Fuel Injection in NASCAR

Progress and change. Both are touchy subjects, and, more often than not, have no bearing or influence on the other. One can fly in the face of tradition while the other may support and reinforce it. I’ll spare you the political diatribe (for now) however, and cut to the chase where in NASCAR, the opportunity …

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What’s Vexing Vito: Driver Introduction Music At Bristol – How To Turn a Good Idea Up To 11

This past weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, the night race that was the Sharpie 500 was host once again to one of NASCAR’s most anticipated races of the year. As NASCAR continues its effort to elevate itself to something that resembles a cross between an NFL game, Wrestlemania, and a rock concert, it featured personalized “introduction” music for each of the 43 drivers. Mercifully, “Don’t Stop Believing” was omitted from the catalog.

Mirror Driving: Fuel-Injection Firestorm, Tackling Team Orders & Why Bash Bristol?

Saturday’s race at Bristol featured green-flag passing as well as several on-track run-ins, although many fans still said afterward that the race was boring. So was it boring, or are fans’ expectations out of line?

Phil: It wasn’t boring. I just think the fans are still used to constant bump and running at Bristol.
Jeff: 99 percent of the fans that say that are watching it on TV.

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 Sharpie 500 at Bristol

The new banking at Bristol, along with the new car, has bred a new form of racing at the old bullring. Single-file bump-and-runs have been replaced by side-by-side competition, with wrecks at the finish line replaced by the type of winning maneuvers you’d be more likely to see at a track like Atlanta or even …

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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 bullring. 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 …

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 Sharpie 500 at Bristol

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 Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Kyle Busch Helps His Chase Chances by Winning 2009 Food City 500 at Bristol

For teams that are outside of the top 12, time is running out to force their way into the Chase. In order to get into the Championship chase, one of those contenders has to make some kind of a big splash. Kyle Busch chose Saturday night to make his splash. Kyle Busch ran up in …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2009 Food City 500 at Bristol

Because he’s a nicer driver than most, Mark Martin finished second, solidifying his Chase berth a bit more and maintaining his squeaky-clean reputation. However, a well-timed bump-and-run is not a dirty move, and Martin should have been more aggressive in the closing laps. If I was his car owner, I’d have been disappointed in the performance this week.

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