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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

RacinToday.com
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 [...]

Minter: Not All Issues Mechanical
Friday, 13 Nov, 2009 – 7:45 | 4 Comments
Minter: Not All Issues Mechanical

A few random racing thoughts on a rainy night in Georgia….
Racing success and failure is often more about mechanical issues than many casual fans sometimes realize. Then again there can be factors that no engineer or mechanic can fix. During the press conference at Talladega a couple weeks ago, in which Lance McGrew officially lost [...]

Memo: Fixing As Cool As Crashing
Wednesday, 11 Nov, 2009 – 10:42 | Comments Off
Memo: Fixing As Cool As Crashing

Let’s see what’s in the Morning Memo today:
I would have loved to have had a front-row seat for what went on at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday. Not on the race track, but in the garages. Would have loved to have pushed up a nice, comfy-leather chair, ordered a pizza and sat and watched as [...]

The Search For Jimmie’s Place In History Begins
Wednesday, 11 Nov, 2009 – 7:44 | 2 Comments
The Search For Jimmie’s Place In History Begins

By Mark Armijo | Senior Correspondent
RacinToday.com
Phoenix, Ariz. – Jimmie Johnson stumbled down memory lane a week ago at Texas Motor Speedway, losing a sizeable chunk of a NASCAR Sprint Cup points lead for the second straight year.
A year ago, Johnson lost 77 points from a 183-point lead after finishing 15th at Texas.
On his return trip [...]

Woody: Kyle Pulled A Kyle After Texas Race
Tuesday, 10 Nov, 2009 – 14:15 | 24 Comments
Woody: Kyle Pulled A Kyle After Texas Race

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
When Kyle Busch narrowly missed making the make the Chase for the Championship at Richmond back in September I though he showed a lot of class with the way he handed his defeat and disappointment in the harsh glare of the TV lights.
That low point of his season might have been [...]