NASCAR FINAL EXAM GRADES

  While most get ready to enjoy the current or upcoming holidays, there are millions of college students fretting right now. Exam season just ended. Grades are coming due. Fifteen weeks of work (or slacking) will be rewarding (or acknowledged) with one simple letter.The same holds true for many Sprint Cup teams as they make mad dash to end 2011 with something resembling momentum for 2012. Here’s how this teacher grades these final exams. Kurt Busch signs with Phoenix Racing: CNot h ...

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KAHNE CALLS SPLIT MUTUAL, MOVES ON

MARTINSVILLE, Va._ Just days after being released from Richard Petty Motorsports, Kasey Kahne addressed the media with his new organization Red Bull Racing. Joined by Red Bull Racing vice president and general manager Jay Frye, Kahne discussed his relationship with RPM, how it broke down throughout this season and what he expects moving forward. “A lot of things happened this week,” Frye said. “Obviously, we’re really excited to get a head start on 2011 season. This is so ...

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JOHNSON WINS, OTHER CHASERS FALTER

After a disappointing 25th place finish in last weekend’s Chase opener in New Hampshire, Jimmie Johnson showed up in Dover in championship form. A five-time winner at the Monster Mile, Johnson sat the No. 48 Chevrolet on the pole Friday afternoon and put it in Victory Lane for win number six at the end of the day. Leading five times for a total of 191 laps, Johnson also locked up 10 bonus points for leading the most laps, moving him to second in the standings only 35 points behind Denny Ha ...

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ALLMENDINGER SIGNS MULTIYEAR DEAL WITH RPM

Rumors were made official Friday morning when Richard Petty, Foster Gillett and AJ Allmendinger announced the team had signed a multiyear contract to keep Allmendinger in the No. 43 Ford. With Kasey Kahne, Elliott Sadler and possibly Paul Menard departing the organization at the end of the 2010 season, RPM was able to lock one of its current drivers for years to come. “I am really excited about my future here with Richard Petty Motorsports,” Allmendinger said. “It’s b ...

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HARD HIT OVERSHADOWS RACE

POCONO, P.A. _ While Greg Biffle was able to score the win on Sunday in Pocono, it was a scary wreck involving Elliott Sadler was the biggest story emerging from the day. The incident showed the success of safety innovations implemented by NASCAR, but also called into question those lacking at the Pocono Raceway. With weather approaching and the laps ticking away, the action on the track heated up and the racing in the middle of the pack began to intensify. As Jeff Gordon and Juan Pablo Montoya ...

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INNER MONOLOGUE OF A.J. ALLMENDINGER DURING THE LAST LAP OF THE SYLVANIA 300

Damn! Spun out with one lap to go. Nice luck. I guess NASCAR will throw the caution here. Sure would like that one back. Dinger, you’re better than this! Man, Robby Gordon’s going to beat me today. Robby Gordon? The guy skipped Richmond to race cacti in the desert. He couldn’t drive his way out of a Wal-Mart parking lot. I could beat him in a Rascal. With a restrictor plate. Robby Gordon’s going to beat me today? This sucks. I want this one back. I wish this engine would ...

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