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Minter: Notes from Atlanta
Saturday, 5 Sep, 2009 – 18:10 | 2 Comments
Minter: Notes from Atlanta

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Truex Knocks Chase Contenders From AMS Pole, Stewart on Danica, Chevy Boss Promises Continued Support

The NASCAR cream is rising to the top, well almost to the top. Saturday’s qualifying session at Atlanta Motor Speedway saw eight of the top 10 starting spots go to drivers contending for berths in the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup, which begins after next Saturday’s race at Richmond International Raceway.

Truex Jr. On Pole For Pep Boys Auto 500
Saturday, 5 Sep, 2009 – 17:12 | Comments Off
Truex Jr. On Pole For Pep Boys Auto 500

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Martin Truex Jr. won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Pep Boys Auto 500 with a lap of 30.106 seconds, 184.149 mph. This is his third pole in 142 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. This is his second pole and sixth top-10 start in 2009.
His first pole of 2009 was for the Daytona 500. [...]

Atlanta Night Race Could Lessen Drivers’ Outside Chances
Saturday, 5 Sep, 2009 – 9:18 | One Comment
Atlanta Night Race Could Lessen Drivers’ Outside Chances

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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There’s lots of excitement around Atlanta and throughout NASCAR over the prospect of running a nighttime Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on a holiday weekend.
Sunday’s Pep Boys Auto 500 could provide the kind of boost the track needs to increase attendance and quell the talk of the speedway [...]

Dirt Bike Crash Knocks Elliott Out of Race at Home Track
Friday, 4 Sep, 2009 – 12:10 | One Comment
Dirt Bike Crash Knocks Elliott Out of Race at Home Track

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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This is becoming the week of living dangerously for Sprint Cup drivers. First Carl Edwards broke his foot playing Frisbee and now Bill Elliott has cracked three ribs riding his dirt bike.
“It was just a freak deal,” Elliott said. He said although he probably could have raced in pain, he [...]

Woody: The Chase Is A NASCAR Success Story
Thursday, 3 Sep, 2009 – 18:55 | 3 Comments
Woody: The Chase Is A NASCAR Success Story

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
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When NASCAR does something dumb it gets hammered, and when NASCAR does something smart – well, it often also gets hammered.
The Chase for the Sprint Cup is a case in point. Implemented in 2004 under the reign of youthful NASCAR boss Brian France, the Chase was a brilliant idea that has [...]

Edwards Steps Wrong, Breaks Right Foot
Thursday, 3 Sep, 2009 – 18:50 | One Comment
Edwards Steps Wrong, Breaks Right Foot

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Hampton, Ga. – Carl Edwards still plans to compete in this weekend’s NASCAR doubleheader at Atlanta Motor Speedway, despite fracturing his right foot earlier this week.
The Roush Fenway Racing driver experienced a freak accident near his home in Columbia, Mo. on Wednesday.
“I know this probably sounds ridiculous to a lot [...]

Minter: The No. 3 Is Making News Once Again
Thursday, 3 Sep, 2009 – 8:00 | 3 Comments
Minter: The No. 3 Is Making News Once Again

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Some Thursday Observations:
* The news this week about Austin Dillon entering the Camping World Truck Series race at Iowa Speedway in a No. 3 Chevy brought to mind a visit to 311 Speedway in Madison, N.C., a few years back.
Then, as now, there was great interest in what it would [...]

Minter: Cut The Talk About Cutting An Atlanta Race
Wednesday, 2 Sep, 2009 – 9:56 | One Comment
Minter: Cut The Talk About Cutting An Atlanta Race

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The NASCAR circuit is back at Atlanta Motor Speedway this week, so that means the home folks have to brace for another round of stories questioning whether the track should lose one of its Cup dates.
The talk doesn’t make sense to them for a variety of reasons. Even with the [...]

Morning Memo: Your Thoughts On Cooling Down?
Wednesday, 2 Sep, 2009 – 9:45 | 2 Comments
Morning Memo: Your Thoughts On Cooling Down?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Let’s just see what’s in the Wednesday Morning Memo today:
* I’ve always been torn by the media interview procedure in racing.
As a journalist, I like the fact that you are allowed to walk up to a driver who has just climbed out of his car after a wreck or after [...]

NASCAR Newscast: Pep Boys Auto 500 Preview
Wednesday, 2 Sep, 2009 – 8:30 | Comments Off
NASCAR Newscast: Pep Boys Auto 500 Preview

NASCAR returns to the South for Labor Day weekend as Atlanta Motor Speedway hosts its first Sprint Cup Series night race. Jeff Gordon and Ryan Newman say racing under the lights will make one of NASCAR’s fastest and most competitive tracks even better. Plus, find out why Dale Earnhardt Jr. has a good chance of [...]