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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Logano Has Great Finish, Keselowski Has Controversial Finish While Speed Can’t Finish at Talladega

Logano added yet another accolade to his rapidly growing resume as he did what he needed to do to record a solid third-place finish at Talladega, something a lot of veterans even struggle to do. The rookie said that he was searching for both a line and drafting partners throughout the event and it paid off.

Bubble Breakdown: TRG Motorsports Looking to Finish 2009 Strong

Talladega. The name itself sends chills down the spines of many NASCAR fans, as the track is remembered as much for its horrific wrecks as its exciting finishes. Whether it be Ken Schrader’s barrel roll in 1995’s Diehard 500, or 1993 which featured not only Neil Bonnett’s airborne adventure into the catchfence, but maybe the …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Edition

The usual suspects played “follow the leader” at Martinsville in what proved to be a fairly competitive race. Jimmie Johnson, winner of five of the last six races at the track, led a large portion of the middle of the event, eventually losing the point to Denny Hamlin. But Hamlin, who had a score to …

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Bubble Breakdown: Battered John Andretti Somehow Comes Out Swinging in Bubble Battle

NASCAR returned to its short-track roots last Sunday with the running of the TUMS Fast Relief 500 in Martinsville, Va. The return to the sport’s oldest speedway was good news for some veteran drivers like Bobby Labonte, who posted a top-20 finish in this latest go-round at the paperclip. But it was bad news for …

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Joey Logano Survives Martinsville While Scott Speed is Bit by Bad Luck Again

As I mentioned last week, Logano is showing maturity down the stretch and, for the most part, further illustrated his growth as a driver on Sunday. Martinsville is not an easy racetrack to stay patient on, especially when one is shuffled back in the pack as Joey Logano was. However, he was able to maintain composure and fight back for a solid finish.

Bubble Breakdown: Team Red Bull Full “Speed” Ahead in Battle for Final Locked-In Spot

Last Saturday night, NASCAR ran for the final time at what has been known as Lowe’s Motor Speedway for well over a decade. The track will still be there in 2010, but it’ll have a new name as Lowe’s announced earlier in the year it wouldn’t renew its sponsorship deal. And while we’re on the …

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Joey Logano Keeps Missing His Pit From Becoming a Missed Opportunity at Lowe’s

Last week, Joey Logano learned the lesson of making the best out of an ill-handling car by simply surviving to the finish. This week’s lesson is on how to handle adversity. Earlier in the season, this young rookie may have written off his chances after suffering an early race misfortune such as the one that happened on pit road during Saturday’s event.

Scott Speed Driver Diary: An “Unlucky, Good” Day in California & Charging Towards the Top 35

This past weekend’s race at Fontana was one of our better runs this year. Although it may not have always looked like it, we actually ran really well almost the entire race. We started out kind of slow, but then it came around. We just got unlucky because we were running around 21st and we …

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Bubble Breakdown: Lucky Breaks & Perfect Pit Strategy Boost Andretti, Hurt Speed

In an effort to draw a bigger crowd, NASCAR moved Fontana’s date from the hot August Labor Day holiday weekend, when people may have other things to do, to a much cooler holiday-free one in October (unless you still get Columbus Day off) AND made it the fourth race in NASCAR’s Chase for the Cup. …

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Freshmen Speed & Logano Learn the Art of Survival at Fontana

The Pepsi 500 was about making the most out of a bad day for the rookie class. Both Joey Logano and Scott Speed looked out to lunch, but drivers and their teams kept working on their cars throughout the event. The “never give up” attitude placed both in position to get back on the lead lap, taking advantage of a wreck that eliminated many of the competitors ahead of them.

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