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Brian Vickers Returning to No. 83 in 2011

In his first press conference since announcing he was diagnosed with blood clots and forced to sit out the remainder of the 2010 season, Brian Vickers met with the media Saturday in Bristol to update his condition and announce he would drive the No. 83 Red Bull Toyota in 2011. “A lot has happened since …

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Bubble Breakdown: Elliott Sadler Bounces Back After Brutal Pocono Wreck, Top-35 Notes

Tremendous point swings marked last week’s chapter of the 2010 Top-35 battle as the twists and turns of Watkins Glen stirred up the standings. While Marcos Ambrose earned a season-best third-place finish and 90 points of cushion, Scott Speed plummeted 46 points down into bubble danger with the first last-place finish in his young Cup …

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Mirror Driving: Elliott Sadler Survived… But Can Richard Petty Motorsports?

Following a nasty wreck for Elliott Sadler at Pocono, there was an outcry about the lack of a SAFER barrier at the point where Sadler hit. Is it time for NASCAR to mandate set safety standards for all its tracks, or should the tracks themselves bear full responsibility considering the cost involved?

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in NASCAR Sprint Cup: 2010 Pocono-Watkins Glen Edition

We’re heading full steam toward the Dog Days of Summer, but there’s several NASCAR Sprint Cup regulars barking up the wrong tree. As the race for the Chase turns sharply into focus, there are just 17 drivers left with a realistic shot at the playoffs. That leaves a number of superstars, from Juan Pablo Montoya …

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Running Their Mouth: 2010 Brickyard 400

Welcome to Running Their Mouth! Each week, we’ll go through media reports, interviews, PR and all of our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Sprint Cup race, capturing the story of how the weekend unfolded. It’s the most original commentary you’ll ever find: the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of …

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What’s Vexing Vito: NASCAR Fines Carl Edwards – But For What Exactly?

In my Tuesday Voice of Vito column, I opined on the lunacy that has become “Have At It Boys!” following Saturday night’s debacle at Gateway International Raceway – GIR, baby. It is a phrase that has worked its way into NASCAR lexicon and has become as irritating as “Young Gun” was a decade ago. That …

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What’s Vexing Vito: Daytona Daydreaming – Changes Loom Ahead for NASCAR’s Chase, Again…

Last weekend at Daytona, a number of topics were discussed by NASCAR CEO Brian France. Some were met with rousing approval – i.e., the new Nationwide Series Car of Tomorrow, others were split down the middle, such as repaving the surface at the 2.5-mile superspeedway (and removing the associated potholes), while others such as the …

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Running Their Mouth: 2010 Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona

“Same old Daytona, cars moving around and bouncing around and handling came into play and you saw a lot of passing and shuffling, and then there at the end we had the big wreck and we were fortunate to be in front of it. On the last restart, once the [No.] 24 pulled out and …

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