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Going By The Numbers: NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Disappearance On The Road

Max Papis

Max Papis, post-Truck slap has been nowhere to be found in 2014 as the road ringer disappearance in Sprint Cup continues. Credit: CIA

When I first started watching NASCAR, the road course races were among the best of the year. Not only were the tracks — Sonoma and Watkins Glen — the only instances all year in the Sprint Cup Series where one could watch drivers actually take a right turn every lap. They were also chock full …

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Did You Notice? … The Death Of A Ringer And How Old Dogs Learn New Tricks

Did You Notice?… The road course ringer era is over? Just two right-turn “subs” are on the list for Sonoma: Boris Said for GO FAS Racing and Alex Kennedy for Circle Sport. Said, driving the No. 32, has been in that position for years while Kennedy is a bit of a stretch, considered somewhat of a …

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Bubble Breakdown: Tempers Flare Between David Stremme & Robby Gordon at Pocono

Rain forced the postponement of Sunday’s race until Monday afternoon, meaning there will be no bubble chatter this week as I had to work and therefore wasn’t able to listen to the in-car radio communications during the event. I tried to get out early, but when I asked my boss if I could leave early …

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10 Points to Ponder… After the 2008 Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono

1. Midget Money – Frequent NASCAR “bad boy” Tony Stewart was fined $10,000 after reportedly becoming angry at officials during a USAC midget race when they made a competition-related decision that adversely affected Tracy Hines, who drives for Stewart’s open-wheel team. Witnesses said that Stewart charged a USAC official — knocking his headset off — and then shoved him. The 10-year NASCAR veteran has since apologized for his conduct, and will also pay for new radios and uniforms for officials out of his own pocket.

Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2008 NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Montreal

Marcos Ambrose led 27 consecutive laps and built an eight-second lead over Max Papis, maintaining the lead even after slipping off course under green. Pit lane, however, snakebit Ambrose and the No. 59. Ambrose nearly spun in the pits while leading, and then received a speeding penalty to boot. That handed the lead to Ron Fellows, who had short-pitted earlier in the event, allowing the native Canadian to lead until the race was finally red-flagged for heavy rain and a lack of visibility. For Fellows, it was his fourth career Nationwide Series win, and the first at any level for him on the Montreal road course named after his racing hero Gilles Villeneuve. Fellow road-ringers Patrick Carpentier and Boris Said scored top-five finishes.

Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Marcos Ambrose Steals the Show, But McDowell Tops the Rookies at Sonoma

It was a wild weekend for the young Aussie who made his first career Sprint Cup start in the famed Wood Brothers Ford. On Friday, the road course ringer from down under impressed everyone with a top-10 qualifying effort after leading first practice. Saturday was more of the same as Marcos Ambrose once again topped the charts in happy hour despite slapping the wall when he ran out of track. The No. 21 crew made repairs to the car while Ambrose flew to Milwaukee where he recorded a 16th-place finish in his regular Nationwide ride… and all this was all before the main event had even started.

Bowles-Eye View: Road-Course Ringers Running Short On Wins

Max Papis. Brian Simo. Ron Fellows. This weekend, some of the most accomplished road racing veterans will once again descend upon Infineon Raceway in a stock car, looking to translate success from other series into an upset victory on their biannual tour around the Sprint Cup circuit. There’s just one problem; barring a miracle, every single one of them will come up short. But that doesn’t stop the same continuous cycle of hope turned hopeless, as each one embarks on a quest for a rather unlikely trip to the top rung of stock car’s highest ladder – complete with an assist from NASCAR teams willing to hire them. Or are they?

Nextel Cup Rookie Report: 2007 Centurion Boats at the Glen Edition

It was definitely an up and down day for Canada’s favorite road course driver as Ron Fellows was tapped by Hall of Fame Racing to drive their entry for the second time this year. Starting back in the 26th position by virtue of team owner points, Fellows methodically moved his way up to 12th place just before the race’s halfway point. This would not be the first time that the road-course ringer would have to fight through the pack. Due to the varying pit strategies that were employed by different teams, the DLP HDTV Chevy was mired back in 22nd place with only 30 laps to go. What might have seemed like a recipe for disaster actually proved to be the perfect combination for an exciting finish as Fellow sliced through the field and engaged in an excited duel with Robby Gordon in the closing laps. Using years of experience while taking advantage of the misfortune of others, the Canadian driver brought home a fourth-place finish, the third top five of his career.

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