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Running Their Mouth : Sharpie 500

Running Their Mouth : Sharpie 500

_Each week, we'll go through all the media reports, interviews, PR, and all our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Nextel Cup race and capture the story of how the weekend unfolded. It's the most original commentary you'll ever find; the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of the drivers, crew members, and the car owners themselves. This week, here's a sneak peek at what a select few were thinking following the Sharpie 500 on the newly repaved Bristol Motor Speedway._ "Man, this is the biggest win of my career. I can't thank Bob Osborne enough and all my guys. My pit crew was awesome, and I want to thank my fans for sticking behind us. It means a lot. I am living the dream thanks to Jack Roush, Roush Fenway, Office Depot. Anybody out there who has a dream, just follow it. My little brother is racing tonight, and I know he's watching. Mom, Dad, Kenny...I love you guys, and to win this race is cool. We're back." _Carl Edwards_ Read More »

Tracking the Trucks : O’Reilly 200

*In a Nutshell:* Johnny Benson scored his first career win at Bristol Motor Speedway Wednesday night, taking the checkered flag 0.790 seconds ahead of the newly married Brendan Gaughan. Benson benefited from a two-car crash on lap 180, when Travis Kvapil and Kyle Busch made contact and spun while battling for the lead. As the smoke cleared coming out of turn four, it was Benson who found his way back out front, and he held off all challengers over the final 21 laps to take the victory. Behind Gaughan, Mark Martin finished third in the O'Reilly 200, ahead of points leader Mike Skinner. Rick Crawford rounded out the Top 5 finishers. Behind them, Ron Hornaday, Jr. was sixth, finishing ahead of both Mike Bliss and Jack Sprague. In ninth and tenth were Cale Gale and Danny O'Quinn, both scoring the first Top 10 finishes of their young Truck Series careers. *Who Should Have Won: Benson*. Johnny Benson and crew chief Trip Bruce were on a different pit schedule than the majority of the drivers all night. Read More »

Busch Series Commentary: Fix the Points System, Please!

If I were to ask if the NASCAR Busch Series were in need of some sort of a points system change, the answers I would get would probably range from 'hell no!' to 'well duh!' Kevin Harivck clinched the 2006 championship with a ninth place finish in the Dollar General 300 at Lowe's Motor Speedway, four weeks prior to the Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and Carl Edwards is well on his way to doing the same with the 2007 championship. There has got to be something NASCAR can do to make these points races a little less boring. Read More »

Running Their Mouth : 3M Performance 400

_Each week, we'll go through all the media reports, interviews, PR, and all our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Nextel Cup race to capture the story of how the weekend unfolded. It's the most original commentary you'll ever find; the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of the drivers, crew members, and the car owners themselves. This week, here's a sneak peek at what a select few were thinking following the 3M Performance 400 at Michigan International Speedway._ "It was a great run for the Miller Lite Dodge. To be able to get the race underway was a relief. I thought we had a good car in practice, and it turned out to be true. We made one big adjustment at the end of Happy Hour, and three days later, we were able to put it to use. It really turned out great. To be conservative is our approach (to making the Chase), and so far, it's worked out." _Kurt Busch in Victory Lane_ "We have an abbreviated week this week. Last time we won, we were able to get everybody together at the race shop and ordered over 100 pizzas and I said, ‘next time around, we might need to start this party around four o'clock'. I'm sure Roger will let us get out an hour early and we can have pizza and beer, and that way everybody gets to celebrate. I don't think this team has any trouble celebrating." _Kurt Busch_ Read More »

Running Their Mouth : 3M Performance 400 Rain Delay

_Each week, we'll go through all the media reports, interviews, PR, and all our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Nextel Cup race to capture the story of how the weekend unfolded. It's the most original commentary you'll ever find; the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of the drivers, crew members, and the car owners themselves. This week, here's a sneak peek at what a select few were thinking during the rain delays for the 3M Performance 400 at Michigan International Speedway._ "We've just been playing Nintendo in the motorhome, and we got cabin fever last night and we went to the university in Adrian and they let us use the gym there, so me and my trainer, Dean, and my motorcoach driver, Tom, we went and worked out. And then we came back to the motorhome for as long as we could, and we took our little Polaris out and ran around the the infield in the rain and met some folks, and had a pretty good time." _Carl Edwards_ Read More »

Tearing Apart the Trucks : Toyota Looking for Back-to-Back Championships

In 2000, Toyota ventured into the big sea of NASCAR racing; first dipping their toes in the water in the Goody's Dash Series. Robert Huffman delivered their first win the following year, and scored their first championship in 2003. The manufacturer entered the Craftsman Truck Series beginning with the 2004 season. Just two years later, Todd Bodine drove Toyota to their first truck series championship in 2006. Now, with just ten races remaining in the 2007 season, Toyota is looking at the very strong possibility of back-to-back championships. Read More »

Running Their Mouth : Centurion Boats at the Glen

_Each week, we'll go through all the media reports, interviews, PR, and all our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Nextel Cup race to capture the story of how the weekend unfolded. It's the most original commentary you'll ever find; the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of the drivers, crew members, and the car owners themselves. This week, here's a sneak peek at what some select few were thinking after the Centurion Boats at the Glen at Watkins Glen International._ "The Good Lord was with us today. I gave it away and got it back the same way I lost it. I felt we had a shot if we could run them down. But Jeff was tough. He was very strong. We just had to keep the pressure on Jeff and hope he made a mistake, and that's just what happened. The good Lord was with us today, and I got it back the same way I lost it." _Tony Stewart (race winner)_ "I just overdrove it into one. Pretty much same thing that happened to Tony (Stewart) earlier; just stupid. I knew I had to push. Tony was really good, and I wanted that win really bad. And I know points don't mean anything so I pushed and I pushed too hard." _Jeff Gordon (finished 9th)_ Read More »

Tracking the Trucks : Toyota Tundra 200

*In a Nutshell:* Travis Kvapil led 47 of the last 48 laps on his way to the checkered flag in the Toyota Tundra 200 at Nashville Superspeedway. Kvapil finished 2.403 seconds ahead of the only Chevrolet to break into the Top 10, Ron Hornaday, Jr. Points leader Mike Skinner finished third with David Starr and Todd Bodine rounding out the Top 5. Read More »

Running Their Mouth : Pennsylvania 500

"It was very solidifying for me today to drive the Miller Lite Dodge (Charger) into Victory Lane. It was a great handling car. I couldn't thank the team enough. I did the smallest part (driving the car), because a lot of work goes on behind the scenes putting this race win together. I feel like a newborn. I'm ready to run for the Chase." _Kurt Busch_ "I enjoy the way people in Milwaukee get pumped up by their racing program. They always strive to be the best beer...but they always tell me go get that No. 8 car. I think I did this one justice, taking Miller Lite to Victory Lane. This Busch made the best beer choice!" _Kurt Busch on winning for Miller_ Read More »

Bubble Breakdown : Rudd Pulls Away, Elliott Pulls Closer In Top 35 Race

With Indianapolis creating a whole new ballgame for the Top 35 in points, the cars battling for the final spot in the bubble came to Pocono bound and determined to bang and beat their way into a "locked in" spot. But in the end, all the jockeying for position on the track didn't lead to a change in the standings...while the gap between 35th and 36th narrowed considerably, the same 35 teams remain eligible to receive an automatic qualifying exemption heading to Watkins Glen. Of the teams on the bubble, who put themselves in good position moving forward, and which teams got knocked back in the Pocono triangle? Read this week's Bubble Breakdown below to find out. Read More »