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Sterling Marlin Says It Is ‘Probably” All Over
Monday, 16 Nov, 2009 – 20:50 | 24 Comments
Sterling Marlin Says It Is ‘Probably” All Over

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The last of the Good Ol’ Boys is preparing to ride off into the sunset.
Sterling Marlin plans to enter Sunday’s season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway then, after over 30 years of life in the fast lane, will “probably” hang up his helmet.
“Will I miss it? Yeah, in some ways,” said Marlin, [...]

Woody: That’s All Folks
Monday, 16 Nov, 2009 – 9:57 | Comments Off
Woody: That’s All Folks

They can take down the tents, load the elephants and wipe the grease paint off the clowns’ faces so they can return to their regular jobs as Washington politicians.
This circus is over.
As if there was really ever any doubt.
Anyone who wondered how Jimmie Johnson could win a NASCAR-record fourth Cup championship should wonder no more. [...]

Ingram: Talent On Display in Phoenix, Pomona
Monday, 16 Nov, 2009 – 9:28 | 2 Comments
Ingram: Talent On Display in Phoenix, Pomona

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
From the Monday Morning Crew Chief:
On a weekend when Tony Schumacher clinched his sixth straight Top Fuel championship at Pomona, Jimmie Johnson put himself in line to win his fourth straight Sprint Cup title after leaving behind nothing but scorched earth at Phoenix.
Unless something goes unexpectedly wrong at Homestead next weekend, [...]

Johnson Takes Leisurely Ride To Victory Lane
Sunday, 15 Nov, 2009 – 18:27 | Comments Off
Johnson Takes Leisurely Ride To Victory Lane

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Jimmie Johnson will not only head to the season-ending Sprint Cup race at Homestead-Miami Speedway next weekend with a super-solid points lead, he will head there with maximum momentum as well.
Johnson won Sunday’s Checkers O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway and did it in boringly easy fashion.
Johnson led [...]

Flag to Flag: Phoenix
Sunday, 15 Nov, 2009 – 11:09 | 31 Comments
Flag to Flag: Phoenix

Watching the Checker O’Reilly Auto Parts 500?
Nick Bromberg is.
Follow along here as he live blogs the action at Phoenix International Raceway.

Race Day: ‘The People’ Are Watching Martin
Sunday, 15 Nov, 2009 – 9:35 | One Comment
Race Day: ‘The People’ Are Watching Martin

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
There are still a few unknowns about the 2009 Sprint Cup season. Like, the name of the eventual champion – though that could become known today at Phoenix International Raceway.
But there is one thing that is locked down but good, and that would be the name of the person who [...]

Cup Notes: Kahne Facing ‘Lot of Unknowns’
Saturday, 14 Nov, 2009 – 8:36 | Comments Off
Cup Notes: Kahne Facing ‘Lot of Unknowns’

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Avondale, Ariz. – When asked to look into his crystal ball and predict how Richard Petty Motorsports’ merger with Yates Racing will impact him, Kasey Kahne made it clear Friday that he wants to continue working with crew chief Kenny Francis and keep his team intact in 2010.
But he also painted a picture [...]

Truex On Pole For PIR Cup Race
Friday, 13 Nov, 2009 – 19:05 | Comments Off
Truex On Pole For PIR Cup Race

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Martin Truex Jr. will start Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway from the pole as a result of turning a lap a 135.120 mph in qualifying on Friday afternoon.
Starting second in the Checker O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 will be Kurt Busch.
Jimmie Johnson, the points leader in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship, [...]

Warning! Do Not Bet Against Hendrick At PIR
Friday, 13 Nov, 2009 – 18:20 | Comments Off
Warning! Do Not Bet Against Hendrick At PIR

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Avondale, Ariz. – When it comes to predicting a winner in Sunday’s Checker O’Reilly Auto Parts 500, it’s difficult to bet against the four-car Hendrick Motorsports juggernaut.
Mark Martin led 157 laps at Phoenix International Raceway in April and wound up snapping a 98-race winless streak.
Jimmie Johnson, who has never finished off the [...]

Harris: GM Is Winning On Sundays
Friday, 13 Nov, 2009 – 16:59 | 3 Comments
Harris: GM Is Winning On Sundays

It’s been  a lousy year for General Motors, but you’d never know it from the results on NASCAR’s premier tracks.
As we head into the penultimate Sprint Cup race of the 2009 season, Chevrolets have just about decimated the rest of the Cup field.
That’s pretty obvious if you note that Chevy drivers Jimmie Johnson, Mark Martin [...]