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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 »

Mike Skinner : The Best Ever or The Best For Now?

Everywhere you turn, if you're looking for anything about the Craftsman Truck Series, you're bound to find something about Mike Skinner and his dream season. But is Skinner the best driver in Truck Series history or is he just the best in the series right now? Mike Skinner entered the Truck Series in an exhibition race November 20, 1994 in the No. 3 GM Goodwrench Chevy fielded by Richard Childress. A few months later in Skinner's first point race, he won by 0.09 seconds over Terry Labonte. Skinner went on to win seven more races and sat on the pole eight times during the 1995 season. An average finish of 4.8 and 18 Top 10 finishes gave Skinner and Richard Childress their first championship. Read More »

Running Their Mouth : Allstate 400 at the Brickyard

_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 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard._ "This one is for everyone in the stands who pull for me and have to take the bull(expletive) from everyone else." _Tony Stewart_ "It's a little late to be concerned about it now, isn't it?" he asked. "Whatever happens, they can't take this (trophy) away from me today." _Stewart when asked about his post race expletive_ "Here, kitty, kitty, kitty. Come get you some of this." _Tony Stewart while he was chasing Kevin Harvick_ "Heh heh. That was FUN." _Dale Earnhardt Jr (finished 34th) on his radio after an agressive pass on Tony Stewart on lap 20_ Read More »

Tracking the Trucks : Power Stroke Diesel 200

*In a Nutshell:* Ron Hornaday, Jr. held off a strong charge by Johnny Benson to win the rain-delayed Power Stroke Diesel 200 at O'Reilly Raceway Park. Hornaday's final margin of victory was 0.350 seconds after passing Benson, then Travis Kvapil with 30 laps to go to take the Friday night short track shootout. Kvapil faded to third at the finish, with Rick Crawford and Ken Schrader rounding out the Top 5 behind him. Todd Bodine, after trouble early in the race, battled back to finish sixth, ahead of Erik Darnell; Regan Smith, Jack Sprague, and Brendan Gaughan rounded out the Top 10 finishers. *Who Should Have Won:* *Hornaday, Jr.*. In a field set by points after a qualifying washout, Hornaday started second, giving him valuable track position he never relinquished on a night where his Truck was strong from the start. In contention all night long, Hornaday raced for second with Johnny Benson for more than 30 laps before going to work on then-leader Travis Kvapil. Once he passed them both, there was no getting by the No. 33 Truck, as Hornaday used patience and precision to hold off all challengers en route to his third victory in fourteen races this season. Read More »

Running Their Mouth : Gateway 250

"It's been a long time since we won, and we knew we had a good shot coming in here. Everybody on the team was real excited about coming in here, and the car was just dominant all night. I'm just real proud of everybody. We knew we had a good car after practice - we didn't know it was going to be this good, though." _Reed Sorenson on his Busch Series victory_ "I don't know who's driving the 24 - he looks like a 10-year-old out there. He waved me by, then he ran into me." _Mike Bliss on 18-year-old Landon Cassill_ "(As far as the wreck), I was down on the yellow line as far as I could go, where I was supposed to be. I don't know whether he checked up or he came down the track." _Landon Cassill on Mike Bliss_ Read More »

Tearing Apart the Trucks : Mid Season Review

The Craftsman Truck Series is going into their twelfth off weekend of the season, and beside Travis Kvapil and Mike Beam getting penalized for infractions at Kentucky, not much is going on. But the truck series has passed an important milestone. Saturday night's race at Kentucky was race number 13 in the 25 race season. We have officially made it past the halfway point of the season. So how is everything going with the truck series? Mike Skinner has been the class of the series since the beginning of the season. He opened the season with his worst starting position of the year; ninth. Two weeks later, Skinner began a stretch of six poles in a row; he has seven this season. He holds the current series record for leading the most consecutive races at 13 and is only the second truck series driver over 50 to win a race; Joe Ruttman is the other. As the weeks go on, Skinner's season is looking more and more like his championship season in 1995. Read More »

Running Their Mouth: USG Sheetrock 400

_Editor's Note : Each week, we'll go through all the media reports, interviews, PR, and 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 USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway._ "Matt Yocum was telling me I looked like I was struggling a little bit, but I told him to get his fat butt up there and see what he can do. That's not as easy as it looks. It's leaning out over the track." _Tony Stewart, when asked about his fence climb_ "What won us the race is (crew chief Greg) Zippy (Zipadelli) and these guys - the pit crew - did an awesome job today. They kept us the track position at the end, and that's what we needed. Track position was so important to let us run our pace and run the line that we wanted to run without having to worry about getting in dirty air. Thanks to these guys around me, that's what got us in Victory Lane again." _Tony Stewart_ Read More »