Tag Archives: Mark Martin

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2010 Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville

The best Hendrick Motorsports car at Martinsville wasn’t the one that most fans probably thought of first, but Mark Martin and his team overcame a crunched-up racecar to finish second with the fastest car on the racetrack. Martin missed the Chase this year, but today’s race is a bright spot in the season for the No. 5 team, the best of the Hendrick cars this week, though teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. led 90 laps and scored a top-10 finish, also a bright spot in an otherwise bleak season.

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2010 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen

Signing a contract extension must have agreed with AJ Allmendinger. After settling his 2011 plans earlier this week, Allmendinger thanked his Richard Petty Motorsports team with a fourth-place finish at Watkins Glen, the best of the year for the underfunded No. 43. Though he didn’t quite have the car to make a bid at the end, Allmendinger dogged the leaders all day long, holding off a charging Carl Edwards in the Bus Stop on the final lap and garnering a little TV time for his often overlooked team.

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Overlooking The Obvious: Media Largely Ignoring Compelling Chase Stories, Handing Johnson Title Prematurely

Is there be a more fickle sport than NASCAR? One moment you are an up and coming driver, brimming with a burgeoning career, celebrated by fans both young and old. Then either as a victim of your own success or by making contact with someone more popular, you draw the ire of the grandstands, receiving the type of greeting one expects will await Roman Polanski upon his impending return stateside. While the inverse of that can also be true (witness Darrell Waltrip and to some extent, Dale Earnhardt, Sr.), the flavor of the month syndrome seems to have hit home hardest during the 2009 Chase for the Championship. The 10-race playoff format, whose detractors are rivaled only in their number and intense sincerity by those who oppose government-dictated healthcare, have already turned a deaf ear and a blind eye to the hoopla of hype circulating throughout NASCAR the past few weeks. Considering how the Chase has been portrayed by many in the media the last few days, it would be for good reason, too.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 AAA 400 at Dover Edition

Surprise, surprise…Jimmie Johnson is the early favorite to win the Sprint Cup Series title. The three-time defending Chase champ dominated the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway en route to fourth win of the year and season sweep at the Monster Mile. Johnson led 271 of the 400 laps and never had a real challenge once he assumed the point. The other clear Chase favorites, Mark Martin and Juan Pablo Montoya, finished 2nd and 4th respectively, while Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin left enough on the table to raise doubts about their title hopes. Outside the top 12, Kyle Busch also deflated the confidence of many in his easily being able to hold the title of “Best of the Rest”. Matt Kenseth’s No. 17 DeWalt Ford, likewise, was the fastest it had been since the last trip to concrete mile. Here is a look at this week’s *HOT*, *WARM*, and *COLD* drivers of the week.

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 AAA 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 they all were thinking following the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway:_ "It was just an awesome race car, awesome day. I can't thank all the Lowe's employees for all of their support. We had the Race for Relief program on the deck lid and want to point out that Lowe's is going to donate more money now that we won. The fans were great cheering me in when my engine was broken trying to get here to Victory Lane. I am just so happy we had a maximum points day today; that is what we needed to do." _Jimmie Johnson_

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Unfair Advantage For The No. 48? Jimmie Johnson Says Sour Grapes; Others, Not So Sure

To say Jimmie Johnson was in a league of his own Sunday was putting it mildly. Leading the final 224 laps, the outcome of the race was never in doubt for most of Dover’s second half, the No. 48 running as much as two miles an hour faster than the rest of the field. It was a setup that defined dominance in this sport. But it was also one they had a little extra time to perfect. Part of a two-day tire test on August 4th and 5th, the No. 48 was one of eight teams to get a “grip” on the Goodyear tires that were eventually selected for the Fall.

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Did You Notice? Liquor’s Love Affair Turned Divorce, Throwing Caution To The Wind, And 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 race track? 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 A.J. Allmendinger’s car was stalled in the middle of the front straightaway, NASCAR held off until the cars were coming off of Turn 4 to throw the caution flag – a situation that left a number of drivers themselves scratching their heads.

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Mirror Driving: Montoya Or Martin Driving Dirty? A Cautionary Tale, And 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?* Bryan: Montoya is a sore loser. The Raisin did nothing that he hasn't done before. He raced hard and clean, JPM couldn't take the position. The end. Kurt: Post-race tempers — he'll get over it. It's about winning in the end, not politeness, and Martin is a competitor too.

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