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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Freshmen Perform Almost as Bad as the Michigan Economy

If Joey Logano fans can be patient for just a few more weeks, they may start to see the results they expected when their young driver was named as the driver of the No. 20 Camry. The rookie has consistently improved in the second half of each race since the middle of April, enough to safely speculate that adapting to the track in these new cars are his biggest challenge at the moment. Once Independence Day weekend rolls around, Logano will start seeing tracks for the second time this season, and I fully expect him to be much faster at the start of the race – which should translate into consistent top-15 finishes at the end.

Did You Notice? The Real Problem With Kyle Busch, the Murkiness of Meth & Silly Season Revisited

Did You Notice? That in between all the controversy and opinions surrounding Kyle Busch and his guitar smashing, the No. 18 Cup team is in very real danger of not even making the Chase? Before we get to his antics (and don’t worry, I’m not going to comment too much as 1,500 people have already) …

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Joey Logano & Greg Zipadelli Ride New Rules to Pocono’s Top Rookie Prize

Joey Logano Start: 23rd; Finish: 23rd Summary: Not even a dominant victory in Saturday’s ARCA Re/Max Pocono 200 could prepare Logano for the “Tricky Triangle” – Sprint Cup style. The rookie, who saw Pocono for the first time in his career this past weekend, was given the chance to earn valuable experience in Bill Venturini’s …

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Bubble Breakdown: Michael Waltrip Bounces Back With Strong 17th to Solidify Spot in Top 35

If you make the long and winding drive down Long Pond Drive you’ll come upon the speedway in the woods known as Pocono Raceway. In 2008, this track was nothing short of disaster for the bubble teams and 2009 wasn’t much kinder to them. It started Friday when qualifying was rained out, meaning that the …

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Joey Logano’s Improvement Continues With Help From Miles the Monster

Joey Logano Start: 21st; Finish: 15th Summary: After struggling throughout much of practice, Logano was able to qualify his Home Depot Toyota in the middle of the pack for the Autism Speaks 400. As it turned out, his starting spot was actually quite good considering how tight the car was. Logano struggled mightily with the …

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Joey Logano Earns 3rd Top-10 Finish at the “Lake at Lowe’s”

Joey Logano Start: 14th; Finish: 9th Summary: Logano rolled off the starting grid in the 14th position when the green flag finally waved for the Coca-Cola 600 on Monday afternoon. The rookie, who just turned 19 years young on Sunday, celebrated by keeping his name mixed with the leaders for virtually the entire afternoon. By lap …

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Thompson in Turn 5: The Jury Is Still out on Scott Speed, AJ Allmendinger Swap

When in the fall of last season it was announced by Red Bull Racing that it had relieved AJ Allmendinger of his duties behind the wheel of the Red Bull No. 84, the news was met with a considerable amount of skepticism within the NASCAR community. It made little sense to many to replace Allmendinger, …

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Did You Notice? NASCAR’s Drug Mistake? (Not Mayfield’s), Keselowski Should Be Cup’s Top Rookie & Johnson Plays Dead

Did You Notice? How secretive NASCAR is trying to be with this whole drug thing? There’s two main questions that came up in my head since the positive test, ones I couldn’t answer immediately as a reporter as Darlington was a weekend I’d taken off: 1) Why was Jeremy Mayfield allowed to practice and qualify …

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Mirror Driving: Darlington on Steroids?, the Rookies Rally & NASCAR on Drugs

Welcome to Mirror Driving. Every week, your favorite columnists sit down and give their opinion about the latest NASCAR news and rumors. Love us or hate us, make a comment below and tell us how you feel about what we’ve said! This Week’s Participants: Tom Bowles (Editor-In-Chief; Mondays/Bowles-Eye View & Wednesdays/Did You Notice) Beth Lunkenheimer (Tuesdays/Running Your …

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