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Bubble Breakdown: Elliott Sadler Bounces Back After Brutal Pocono Wreck, Top-35 Notes

Tremendous point swings marked last week’s chapter of the 2010 Top-35 battle as the twists and turns of Watkins Glen stirred up the standings. While Marcos Ambrose earned a season-best third-place finish and 90 points of cushion, Scott Speed plummeted 46 points down into bubble danger with the first last-place finish in his young Cup …

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Bubble Breakdown: Sam Hornish Jr. Didn’t Win… But He Still Lucked Out at Pocono

Last week, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was mean to the bubble drivers, preventing all but one – 24th-place Travis Kvapil – from finishing any higher than 30th. A first-lap crash crunched the fenders of Elliott Sadler and Sam Hornish Jr., a shredded tire ended Robby Gordon’s day and mechanical troubles wreaked havoc on both Kevin Conway and Regan Smith.

Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Marcos Ambrose Gains Positions & Respect at the Glen

When the green flag was waved for the Centurion at the Glen, Marcos Ambrose found himself tasked with having to overtake 42 Sprint Cup drivers at one of the toughest tracks on the circuit to pass — nearly an impossible feat. However, after running near the top of the practice charts and taking home his first career NASCAR victory in the Nationwide Series race the day before, the Australian had a little bit of confidence in his fuel tank; and boy, did it pay off.

Nextel Cup Rookie Report: 2007 Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Edition

After qualifying his Dodge Charger on the outside of row four for Sunday’s race, it appeared that Juan Pablo Montoya was poised to have another strong run following his second-place finish at Indianapolis. In fact, Montoya did look strong throughout the first quarter of the race, remaining in or just outside of the top 10. But as the race wore on, so did Montoya’s attention span, as at one point he made a remark about how long the race was. Struggling to keep his No. 42 machine on the bottom, the Rookie of the Year points leader began to fade, and he eventually wound up 16th in the final running order. Still, it was Montoya’s 10th top finishing rookie honor in the 2007 season – leading all first-year drivers in that category.

Tearing Apart the Trucks: History of the Truck Series

With the Craftsman Truck Series taking three weeks off after only two races, what is there for a truck racing columnist to do? I started thinking about how the Truck Series originated, and I learned one thing; I didn’t have a clue. When I got into watching truck races, the series was well underway, so …

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