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

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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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2010 Zippo 200 at the Glen

The same Marcos Ambrose whose unforced error cost him and the No. 47 team a Cup victory at Sonoma in NASCAR’s last visit to a road course put a whooping on the Nationwide Series field Saturday, leading all but 22 laps and proving to be untouchable at the front en route to his third consecutive NNS win in the Zippo 200. Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch rounded out the top five.

Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2010 Bucyrus 200 at Road America

Carl Edwards appears to have this whole road racing thing figured out. On the Nationwide Series side, anyway. In what was a dominant performance from the pole, Edwards led 35 of the 50 laps run in NASCAR’s debut race on the Road America road course with this division, stealing the lead for good from Jacques …

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Did You Notice? How Michigan Saved Itself, Ringers Unemployed & Fixing Mark

Did You Notice? How Michigan’s attendance for the June race increased by 5,000 between 2009 and 2010? It’s an interesting twist during a year of continued attendance declines, especially considering the state unemployment rate, as of March 2010, was hovering just under 15%.

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 – …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2008 NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Montreal

In a Nutshell: The NAPA 200 didn’t really start until lap 8, when rains descended on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal. But rather than postponing the event, NASCAR red-flagged the field and allowed teams to change their cars over to a rain package, putting on grooved tires and installing windshield wipers, brake lights and …

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

Rookies in the Starting Lineup: Marcos Ambrose (seventh), Sam Hornish Jr. (17th), Ron Fellows (22nd), Max Papis (28th), Michael McDowell (34th), Patrick Carpentier (37th), Aric Almirola (40th), Brian Simo (43rd) Unofficial Finishing Positions: McDowell (21st), Carpentier (24th), Almirola (28th), Fellows (29th), Hornish Jr. (31st), Papis (35th), Ambrose (42nd), Simo (43rd) Rookie of the Race: Ambrose. It …

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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 …

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