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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2011 Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas

Usually the villain of the race earns the title on the track. Usually that guy is left wondering when he’ll be loved because he caused something he may or may not regret later. But this week’s winner wasn’t even in the race. Carl Edwards’s mom, it seems, inadvertently gave her son a mild case of food poisoning with Friday night’s dinner, and the driver was feeling the effects during the race on Saturday. Teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was on standby, but Edwards finished the race, ending up third and taking over the points lead to boot. Maybe he needs to have her cook that again at Homestead…

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix

_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 the drivers, crew members, and car owners themselves. This week, here’s a sneak peek at what they all were thinking following Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway:_ *Best Quote:* "Are you kidding me? Pinch me man, pinch me." _Race Winner Jeff Gordon_

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2011 Daytona 500

When he caused the first wreck, a one-car deal with only Kyle Busch suffering the consequences, Michael Waltrip actually might have been loved for spinning out NASCAR’s bad boy. But for his encore, Waltrip ran over his own driver, David Reutimann, and the aftermath involved several teams who, unlike Waltrip’s, are actual championship contenders and will now be behind for weeks as a result. Perhaps staying retired would have been a wise chose for the former two-time Daytona 500 winner; the race could have been a feel-good story for Waltrip, who won this race 10 years ago, but he left half the field not feeling too good at all.

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond

All day at Richmond, through coverage of practice and qualifying, the hype was all over Kevin Harvick's No. 33 car and how he finally had the horses to run with Kyle Busch. There was also plenty of press regarding the charity competition within Joe Gibbs Racing between Busch and Denny Hamlin. Meanwhile, Carl Edwards only qualified 39th, made his way forward all night long, took the lead on lap 227 and never looked back, taking a win that few expected him to contend for with a broken foot and being relegated to a last-place start after suffering from spark plug issues.

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 CARFAX 250 at Michigan

Brian Vickers dominated from the pole on Saturday, and when he didn’t lead, Kyle Busch did. Neither of them won. Racing hard with two laps to go, Vickers got loose in the exit of turn 3 and broke the momentum of second-place Busch catching the car, allowing none other than the hometown hero, Brad Keselowski, to shoot to the high side. Though Busch and Vickers managed to keep up with Keselowski down the backstretch on the final lap, Keselowski’s position on the high side of the track provided him with enough momentum to steal his third Nationwide victory of the 2009 season.

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Five Points to Ponder: 2009 Brickyard 400 Edition

On the weekend of one of Sprint Cup’s biggest races, the sport’s other national series’ were at Indianapolis’ other track – the .686-mile short track, O’Reilly Raceway Park. But while the Brickyard 400 is one of NASCAR’s crown jewels, strangely enough I found myself more excited for the other two “companion” races in town. Call me crazy, but we all knew the single-file parade that would take place on Sunday. You know what else I knew? That the races at ORP would be some of the most exciting short track races we’ve seen this season…regardless of series. With only a handful of Cup regulars in the Nationwide field; and Kyle Busch not dominating the Truck race, fans got to watch the wily truck veterans duke it out on Friday and the likes of Trevor Bayne, Steven Wallace and Brad Coleman try and prove themselves Saturday. Now, while I understand the financial benefits of running Nationwide and Truck races as campaign events to the Cup Series, *wouldn’t it be great to see more short tracks on the schedule like this weekend?*

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Kroger 200 at IRP

After Saturday night’s race, even I am willing to put aside the fact that yet again the Nationwide Series ended a race with a 1-2 dose of Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch (though this time Edwards came out on top). Why? Without a doubt, the Kroger 200 was the most exciting race of the 2009 NNS season, and perhaps the best seen at any level of NASCAR this year.

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