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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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A non-Chaser won the pole on Saturday for Sunday’s GEICO 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway, but a Chaser in need qualified second fastest.
The non-Chaser who won the pole for the final Contender Round race was Brain Vickers of Michael Waltrip Racing. He put down a lap at [...]

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Race Day: ‘The People’ Are Watching Martin
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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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 [...]

Sun, 11/15/09 – 9:35 | One Comment
Hight, Edwards Clinch in Pomona
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Robert Hight clinched the 2009 NHRA Funny Car championship on Saturday thanks to bonus points earned in qualifying for this weekend’s season-ending event in Pomona Calif.
Also clinching was Mike Edwards in Pro Stock.
The championship in Top Fuel and Pro Stock Motorccyle will be determined on Sunday in the final eliminations at Pomona.
In Top Fuel, Tony [...]

Sat, 11/14/09 – 20:24 | Comments Off
Edwards Wins, Busch’s Title On Hold
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Kyle Busch will have to wait one more week to celebrate his 2009 Nationwide Series championship.
On  Saturday in the Able Body Labor 200 at Phoenix International Raceway, Busch finished ninth and, with Carl Edwards winning and collecting maxmium points, Busch came up two finishing positions short of what he needed to clinch.
As a result, Busch [...]

Sat, 11/14/09 – 19:02 | Comments Off
Cup Notes: Kahne Facing ‘Lot of Unknowns’
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By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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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 [...]

Sat, 11/14/09 – 8:36 | Comments Off
Hornaday Clinches Truck Title
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Ron Hornaday Jr. clinched the 2009 Camping World Truck Series championship Friday night when he finished fourth in the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway.
The championship is Hornaday’s fourth in the series.
“Maybe I will have to build another trophy case,” Hornaday said after nailing No. 4 to the wall.
He got it by keeping Matt [...]

Fri, 11/13/09 – 21:56 | Comments Off
Dixon Moves To Top Of Top Fuel
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There is a new points leader in the NHRA’s Top Fuel category.
Larry Dixon is now in front by one point after he earned the three points for being top qualifier in the division on Friday afternoon at the Auto Club of Southern California NHRA Finals.
Dixon earned the provisional pole for the season-ending, championship-deciding event in [...]

Fri, 11/13/09 – 19:51 | 3 Comments
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, [...]

Fri, 11/13/09 – 19:05 | Comments Off
Warning! Do Not Bet Against Hendrick At PIR
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By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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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 [...]

Fri, 11/13/09 – 18:20 | Comments Off
Sauter On Pole In Trucks
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Johnny Sauter won the pole for Friday night’s Lucas Oil 150 Camping World Truck Series race when he laid down a lap at 131.019 mph on Friday afternoon.
Second fastest in qualifying at Phoenix International Raceway was Kevin Harvick.
Ron Hornaday Jr., who can clinch the series championship this weekend at PIR as he has a 197-point [...]

Fri, 11/13/09 – 17:48 | Comments Off
Harris: GM Is Winning On Sundays
Mike Harris | Senior Writer
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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 [...]

Fri, 11/13/09 – 16:59 | 3 Comments