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Thompson in Turn 5: Robby Gordon’s Sponsorship Woes Signal the End of the “Real” Owner/Driver

It appears, barring an 11th hour arrival of a White Knight flush with millions of dollars in sponsorship, Robby Gordon’s five-year battle to be a competitive full-time Sprint Cup owner/driver is about to come to an end. Said Gordon, who competed for the last time with support from longtime sponsor Jim Beam at Phoenix last …

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Bubble Breakdown: Robby Gordon Clinches Spot in Top 35 as Speed, Andretti Stumble

To say it was a good news/bad news week for some of our bubble teams is an understatement. On the plus side, TRG Motorsports got a huge early Christmas present in the form of a signed contract from Bobby Labonte to drive for that team full-time in 2010. Labonte brings creditability along with a past …

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Bubble Breakdown: Top 20 Not Enough for Team Red Bull’s Last-Gasp Bid for 35th

The fight for the Top 35 has now come down to three teams heading to Phoenix next week. Robby Gordon Motorsports, Front Row Motorsports and Team Red Bull are vying for the final spots in the Top 35 heading into 2010. The good news for Scott Speed and his No. 82 team is they have …

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Bubble Breakdown: Battered John Andretti Somehow Comes Out Swinging in Bubble Battle

NASCAR returned to its short-track roots last Sunday with the running of the TUMS Fast Relief 500 in Martinsville, Va. The return to the sport’s oldest speedway was good news for some veteran drivers like Bobby Labonte, who posted a top-20 finish in this latest go-round at the paperclip. But it was bad news for …

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Bubble Breakdown: Team Red Bull Full “Speed” Ahead in Battle for Final Locked-In Spot

Last Saturday night, NASCAR ran for the final time at what has been known as Lowe’s Motor Speedway for well over a decade. The track will still be there in 2010, but it’ll have a new name as Lowe’s announced earlier in the year it wouldn’t renew its sponsorship deal. And while we’re on the …

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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 Cup Series title. The three-time defending Chase champ dominated the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway en route to his fourth win of the year and season sweep at the Monster Mile. Johnson led 271 of the 400 laps and never had a real …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: It’s All Fun & Games – But in NASCAR, Someone is Bleeding to Death

It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye. Remember hearing that phrase as a kid? It was usually connected to doing something like running with scissors, or swordfighting with your brother with the kitchen knives. Anything where the “fun” was getting out of hand and becoming potentially dangerous; hence, the lecture. Guess what? …

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Fanning the Flames: Touch ‘Em All… From Jimmie to Jeremy & Back to Juan

I had a whole big intro here that appealed to my stat-loving side. All kinds of goodies about how unbeatable Jimmie Johnson has been in the Chase over the last three years with the dorky stats and facts to back up my argument. Then our yellow-wallpapered buddy, Jayski, beat me to the punch yesterday when …

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Bubble Breakdown: Andretti, Labonte’s Solid Showing Leaves Speed Searching For Answers

Well if you were to ask John Andretti, he’d tell you that New Hampshire is just beautiful this time of year; but ask Scott Speed, and you may get a totally different answer. While driving to a solid 26th-place finish, Andretti and the No. 34 team extended their lead over Speed and the No. 82 …

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Bubble Breakdown: David Stremme, Paul Menard Lead Several Bubble Drivers With Top-20 Finishes

Well pull up a chair kids, we had a major case of musical seats amongst some of our bubble teams that isn’t even over yet and I’m gonna try and explain it all to you. It started when Bobby Labonte who drives for Hall of Fame Racing was taken out of his ride by HoF’s …

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