GEN 6: SO FAR A NEW CAR, BUT THE SAME ISSUE

“I hate to be Denny downer, but I just didn't pass that many cars today. That's the realistic fact of it.” It’s an interesting observation from Denny Hamlin, the driver who had to race his hiney off to finish third at the Subway Fresh Fit 500 in Phoenix. Reigning Sprint Cup champ Brad Keselowski agrees, ““It’s harder than ever to pass. You have to be really good. The cars are so aero sensitive.” Getting the entirety of NASCAR Nation to agree on much ...

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DARIAN GRUBB: WINNING!

Revenge is a dish best served cold. Crew chief Darian Grubb isn’t going to crow and thump his chest over his victory with Denny Hamlin Sunday; it’s not his style. By the same token, that warm grin on his face quietly speaks volumes about the fulfilling feeling he must be enjoying as he helps the 11 to victory in just his second race with the team after his dismissal at the end of Tony Stewart’s 2011 championship run. Grubb says he’ll take the high road and stay posi ...

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A GORDON COMEBACK? HE NEVER WENT AWAY!

Good Heavens, you would think by the way people are acting, Jeff Gordon had raced his way back from NASCAR hell with his win in the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix. The media is writing it up like the old Jeff Gordon is back, but come on! Did he really go anywhere? I think what we have here is a lesson in perceptions: on the part of the drivers, the fans, and the media.Before we start writing this up as the greatest comeback since Lazarus, let’s remember this: Jeff Gordon wa ...

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GORDON ENDS DROUGHT AFTER MOVING BUSCH

It had been 66 races since four-time Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon stood in Victory Lane. Yet, that all changed on Sunday after Gordon used his bumper to move past Kyle Busch with less than ten laps to go at the Phoenix International Raceway. Looking just as happy as rookie Trevor Bayne did last weekend in Daytona, Gordon relished the victory after nearly two years without a win. Sunday’s victory was the 83rd of Gordon’s career, tying him with Cale Yarborough for fifth on the all-t ...

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MARK MARTIN SIGNED THROUGH 2010

Good guy Mark Martin will run a full schedule in the No. 5 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports in 2010. And no, we are not exactly sure what Martin and Richard Petty are doing in this picture. Martin, who is 50 years old, won at Phoenix International Raceway in April. The signing likely will impact Talladega winner Brad Keselowski's future. Keselowski has a developmental deal with Hendrick and wants to race full-time in 2010. The Virginian-Pilot's Dustin Long speculates that Keselowski could s ...

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Does NASCAR have ‘Junior Rules’?

NASCAR has decided not to penalize Dale Earnhardt Jr. for spinning out Casey Mears on the cool-down lap of Saturday's race at Phoenix International Raceway. ESPN.com's David Newton writes that fans and some members of the media believe that NASCAR has one set of rules for Junior and another set of rules for the rest of its drivers. ESPN's Newton cites several examples in which drivers were penalized for actions similar to Junior's, including the incident when Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards were ...

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On this date in NASCAR history: April 20, 1901

On this date in NASCAR history, April 20, 1901, Mark Martin was born. Martin, who took the pole and won the Phoenix Subway Fresh Fit 500 on Saturday, remembers being excited about seeing the first Model T in 1908. Said Martin, "I remember thinking, wouldn't it be great if you could go 200 mph in one of those deals? And what if it was covered with stickers?"Congratulations to Martin, who is one of our favorite drivers and a total class act. He has come a long way since... ...

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