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2009 Sprint Cup Rookie Final Report Cards: Grading a Year Filled with Future Potential

Another season has come to a close, and it is time for Professor Lumbis to issue final report cards to the Freshman Class of 2009, consisting of rookies and almost rookies alike. It’s a piece you’ll want to read carefully, saving for your files, because as of right now, it looks like it could be …

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A Season on the Brink: 1 Final Look at the 4-Team Battle to Finish in the Top 35

Welcome, one and all, to the final bubble column of 2009, the Bubble Review. Here we’ll take a stroll down Memory Lane to reflect on the teams right around the bubble in 2009, and take a quick look ahead to 2010 and see what their future may hold. So, without further ado, here’s this season’s …

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Bubble Breakdown: John Andretti, Front Row Overcome Wreck to Lock Into Top 35 for 2010

With the waving of the checkered flag at Miami on Sunday evening, the 2009 NASCAR season came to a close after 36 points races and 10 long months of racing. And John Andretti needed every one of those races to finally lock himself and his Front Row Motorsports No. 34 Chevrolet team into the Top …

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Joey Logano Captures 2009 Rookie of the Year Award Despite Rocky Finish

There were certainly some positives to take out of the 2009 season finale for this year’s rookies and almost rookies. Scott Speed tied his career-best qualifying effort. Marcos Ambrose started the Ford 400 like he was shot out of a cannon, mixing it up with the sport’s best names. Brad Keselowski finally broke into the top 30 with his new team. Finally, Joey Logano secured the 2009 Rookie of the Year title and was one broken part away from a top-10 finish.

Bubble Breakdown: Robby Gordon Clinches Spot in Top 35 as Speed, Andretti Stumble

To say it was a good news/bad news week for some of our bubble teams is an understatement. On the plus side, TRG Motorsports got a huge early Christmas present in the form of a signed contract from Bobby Labonte to drive for that team full-time in 2010. Labonte brings creditability along with a past …

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Wrecks Doom Rookies at Phoenix as Joey Logano Leads the Wounded

Phoenix is regarded by many as one of the most difficult tracks on the circuit, and those people seem to know what they are talking about judging by the performances of the rookies. After struggling in the desert back in the spring, both Joey Logano and Scott Speed did not improve much this past Sunday.

Scott Speed Driver Diary: Finishing Strong, Then Off to Europe… With Kyle Busch?

The race at Texas this past week was definitely a sign of how much better we are getting. It wasn’t a spectacular finish, but we’ll take an 18th any day right now. So much has improved since we missed the show there back in April. A large part of it is due to me getting …

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 Dickies 500 at Texas

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 the drivers, crew members and …

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Bubble Breakdown: Top 20 Not Enough for Team Red Bull’s Last-Gasp Bid for 35th

The fight for the Top 35 has now come down to three teams heading to Phoenix next week. Robby Gordon Motorsports, Front Row Motorsports and Team Red Bull are vying for the final spots in the Top 35 heading into 2010. The good news for Scott Speed and his No. 82 team is they have …

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Scott Speed Leads the Way at Texas as Rookies Look Towards 2010

This race was more significant for looking towards the future for the rookies and almost rookies, just as it is for many teams at this point in the season. Scott Speed’s year has been a difficult one, as the rookie tries to build experience for next year while attempting to close in on the Top 35 in owner points for his No. 82.

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