Race Weekend Central

Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Hometown Hero Joey Logano Scores a Victory for the Sport’s Good Guys

Joey Logano Start: 24th; Finish: 1st Summary: On Friday afternoon (June 26), it looked as if the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 weekend would be a special one for rookie Logano. The 19-year-old was returning to his home track, which was also the site of the of his Sprint Cup debut back in the fall of …

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Joey Logano’s Pit Strategy Pays Off Big Time at Loudon, Wins 2009 Lenox Industrial Tools 301

In NASCAR, anything can happen during races. On lap 180, Joey Logano blew out a left-rear tire in turn 3. He had to make multiple pit stops under the caution (during one stop, the crew had to remove part of the tire that had wrapped itself around the left rear hub) and lost a lap. …

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Mad Max, Marcos Ambrose Sip the Sonoma Wine While It’s Sour Grapes for Others

Max Papis Start: 33rd; Finish: 12th Summary: Papis had high hopes coming into the wine country of Sonoma, the site of his Sprint Cup debut in 2008. However, it did not start out very well for the Italian road-racing vet. His No. 13 GEICO Camry fell a lap down very early in the race and it …

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Bubble Breakdown: Despite Early Off-Road Adventure, AJ Allmendinger Posts Top-10 Finish

Had you watched qualifying on Friday, you may have been asking yourself, “why did Scott Speed have to qualify on time while John Andretti had a guaranteed spot? NASCAR’s website has Speed in the 35th spot in points and Andretti in 36th.” The answer is simple; you were looking at the wrong standings. The Top-35 …

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Kasey Kahne Wins a Wild 2009 Toyota Save Mart 350 at Sonoma

In the Sprint Cup Series, road racing is a rarity. Since 1988, the series has only held two road races a season. Some fans claim that Sprint Cup cars are not designed for road courses, and thus, should not race on them. Sunday’s race might have proved those fans wrong. The new rules brought double-file …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Lifelock 400 at Michigan Edition

“Give me fuel, give me fire, give me that which I desire,” may very well have been the lyrics Jimmie Johnson was banging his head to as his dominant No. 48 Chevy sputtered to the finish of Sunday’s LifeLock 400. The three-time champ absolutely dominated at Michigan, only surrendering the lead after the final pit …

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Bubble Breakdown: Michigan Fuel Mileage Plays Into the Hands of a Trio of Bubble Teams

Fuel mileage was again the name of the game for the second week in a row this past Sunday at Michigan International Speedway. As some of the top-15 teams dried up late and faded, three of our bubble teams were able to surge ahead as they went into conservation mode soon enough to stretch their …

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