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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.

Bubble Breakdown: Paul Menard Spins Out Early While John Andretti Runs Dry Late

Well, it didn’t take long for the bubble teams to find trouble at Kansas. A lap 7 spin by Paul Menard collected several cars, ending the day for one backmarker while ruining it for another. Meanwhile, the head-to-head duel came down to the last few laps between John Andretti and Scott Speed, with one driver’s …

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Brad Keselowski Ending Hendrick Tenure on a High Note

Brad Keselowski was clearly the class of the rookie field on Sunday, and would have done even better if it weren’t for the bad luck in the pits that seems to follow crew chief Tony Eury Jr. wherever he goes. Early in the race, the rookie looked as if he had a car that could potentially challenge for the win, but was not able to put himself in position to do so after an untimely caution trapped him at the back of the lead lap.

Running Their Mouth: 2009 AAA 400 at Dover

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 car owners themselves. This week, here’s a peek at what they all were thinking following the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway.

Bubble Breakdown: Clock Ticking for Team Red Bull While The Monster Mangles Several Others

As the NASCAR season begins winding down, time is running out for Scott Speed‘s Team Red Bull No. 82 team, the only real threat to John Andretti‘s No. 34, to catch and pass them and get a guaranteed spot for the first five races in 2010. Not only is time now working against Speed and …

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Mr. Logano’s Wild Ride Means Top-Rookie Honors for Scott Speed

This was one of those weekends where everybody involved with the sport came out as a winner when Logano walked away from an eye-popping accident that left his car in shambles. There are many negative things that have been said about this new car and with good reason, but the additional layer of safety it has introduced into the sport far outweighs the other challenges that crews and drivers have had to deal with as a result. It was unfortunate though for Logano that he was at the wrong place at the wrong time as the accident ended what could have been a potential top-10 run.

Bubble Breakdown: Andretti, Labonte’s Solid Showing Leaves Speed Searching For Answers

Well if you were to ask John Andretti, he’d tell you that New Hampshire is just beautiful this time of year; but ask Scott Speed, and you may get a totally different answer. While driving to a solid 26th-place finish, Andretti and the No. 34 team extended their lead over Speed and the No. 82 …

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Rookies Perform Terribly While a Former ROTY Behaves Terribly at Loudon

The New Hampshire Motor Speedway has been regarded by many as one of the most difficult tracks on the circuit. Apparently, this was true for the freshmen, who – despite their previous experience at this track – ran into a lot of difficulty trying to navigate its tight corners. Dismal outings by all of the rookies and almost rookies have left me with little to say about their performances on Sunday.

Scott Speed Driver Diary: Teammate Is In While Best Friend Is Out, Crew Chiefs in the Information Age & St. Lucia

As you could imagine, everybody at Team Red Bull is really pumped about my teammate Brian Vickers making the Chase. It is definitely a big step for our entire team as we establish ourselves on the circuit. To keep things in perspective though, just like I mentioned after Brian’s Michigan win, while we are all …

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