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Running Their Mouth : UAW-Ford 500

_Each week, we'll go through media reports, interviews, PR, and all our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Nextel Cup race, capturing 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 much-anticipated UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway:_ "We avoided the wrecks, and all of a sudden found ourselves in the Top 15 with about 25-30 to go, and we held on there. What I don't understand is how I got by my teammate. I got a couple of pushes. When it got three-wide, I thought, `This is my opportunity.' Luckily, when I got high and Jimmie tried to block me, the No. 20 was there and had nowhere to go. He's the one who pushed me to the front." _Jeff Gordon_ Read More »

Tracking the Trucks : Mountain Dew 250

*In a Nutshell:* Todd Bodine took the checkered flag 0.014 seconds ahead of Rick Crawford to win at Talladega on Saturday afternoon. Bodine survived an intense three-wide battle with Crawford and Johnny Benson to win his second race of the season. Jason Leffler and Dennis Setzer rounded out the Top 5. Rookie of the year contender Willie Allen finished sixth, his best finish of the season, followed by Ron Hornaday, Jr. in seventh. Chad Chaffin, Regan Smith, and Jon Wood rounded out the Top 10. *Who Should Have Won: Bodine.* Bodine started on the pole before finding himself deep in the pack with handling woes; however, the team worked hard to move the No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Toyota back towards the front. The Toyota Tundra took the lead for the final time on lap 74, when Jack Sprague got caught up in a six truck accident, and fended off all challengers the rest of the way. Bodine led a total of 46 laps, the most of any driver, in what was an impressive performance at the biggest speedway on tour. Read More »

Running Their Mouth : LifeLock 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, capturing 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 rain and darkness-shortened LifeLock 400 at Kansas._ "It was obviously a good day when we ended up in Victory Lane. We qualified well, and the car was pretty decent off the start of the race. I knew, five to go, that I was probably going to be all right, but I wasn't looking for that caution, that's for sure. What made me nervous, I didn't know how good the No. 07 was on the restart...but we'll never know." _Greg Biffle on his first win of the season_ "I don't know where we finished. I thought you had to finish under your own power across the finish line. We maintained the pace car speed. I don't know what the deal is. The bottom line is the Jack Daniel's Chevrolet was good, and we had a lot of fun today." _Clint Bowyer, finished 2nd...also complaining about Greg Biffle's win, as the car appeared to run out of gas coming to the finish line_ Read More »

Tearing Apart the Trucks : A Third Driver in the Championship Mix

Just when you thought the Truck Series points race couldn't get more exciting, the Smith's Las Vegas 350 did just that. The combination of a dominating win by Travis Kvapil and a blown tire for Ron Hornaday, Jr. has tightened up the points race just a little more...opening the door to make it a three-man affair. It was hard to see this sudden turn of events unfolding earlier in the month. With both Hornaday, Jr. and Mike Skinner finishing in the Top 3 at the New Hampshire 200 on September 15th, they looked to have fully separated themselves from the pack. After that race, Hornaday, Jr.'s point lead stood at 29 over Skinner; the closest competition behind them was Travis Kvapil in third, 271 points back and looking like a longshot for the title at best. Read More »

Running Their Mouth : Dodge Dealers 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, capturing 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 Dodge Dealers 400 at Dover International Speedway._ "We unloaded on Friday, the Office Depot Ford Fusion was fast. I wish we could've started the race right then, it was so good. We just fought back and had a great battle with Matt (Kenseth). Hated to see him lose an engine. He easily would've been first or second today, and then there at the end battling with Mark. Those restarts were a real stresser, but kind of just decided to have fun with it. And Greg was pretty fast at the end, had tires; I did not need another restart, I was pretty excited that it went green." _Carl Edwards_ Read More »

Tracking the Trucks : Smith’s Las Vegas 350

*In a Nutshell:* Travis Kvapil took the checkered flag ahead of Johnny Benson to win the Smith's Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Saturday night. Kvapil outran Benson and Jon Wood, who finished third, in a couple of great side-by-side battles during the final six laps to score his fourth win of the season and ninth of his career. Terry Cook and Erik Darnell rounded out the Top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* Kvapil. Kvapil scored his third pole of the season with a speed of 175.387 mph. He ran in the Top 10 the majority of the night, and crew chief Mike Beam was able to make the right calls and adjustments to turn the power on in the end. The driver of the No. 6 K&N Ford passed Jon Wood with just 13 laps to go and relinquished it only once officially when Johnny Benson led him by 0.09 with four laps to go. Read More »

Tearing Apart the Trucks : Villeneuve Set to Make His Debut

Tomorrow evening, when the Craftsman Truck Series field takes the green flag for the Smith's Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, former F1 driver Jacques Villeneuve will make his NASCAR debut in the No. 27 Toyota Tundra for Bill Davis Racing. Villeneuve is scheduled to run the remaining seven races of the truck season as well as the ARCA race at Talladega in an effort to prove to NASCAR that he is worthy of a Nextel Cup ride for the 2008 season. Bill Davis, certainly inspired by Juan Pablo Montoya's relatively smooth transition to NASCAR from Formula 1, heard Villeneuve was looking for a ride and jumped at the opportunity to offer him one. Read More »

Running Their Mouth : Sylvania 300

_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, capturing 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 Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway._ "Well, it must have been the burnout. I think I blew (the engine) up. That's what it's all about (though)...this is unbelievable. I can't believe it happened here. This has always been a good track for us; we just could never get the finish. I'm just so excited to celebrate with all these guys. They deserve it." _Clint Bowyer after his first career win_ "It was a real good day. I'm so proud of this race team. That was a great effort to come from 18th and fight our way up to finish inside the Top 5. Clint Bowyer, my congratulations to him. He was the class of the field today. I'm (just) very happy to get the Chase started off like this. I was having fun racing with Tony. He's a great driver and a class act, and we were mixing it up for sure there a couple of times. It was a good race." _Jeff Gordon, finished 2nd_ Read More »

Tracking the Trucks : New Hampshire 200

*In a Nutshell:* Ron Hornaday, Jr. became the first repeat winner Saturday when he took the checkered flag over Erik Darnell, who charged past Mike Skinner and Todd Bodine in the final 30 laps. The New Hampshire 200 had just four cautions, allowing Hornaday, Jr. to open up a lead that, at times, was more than six seconds. He finished 4.211 seconds ahead of Darnell. Mike Bliss rounded out the Top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* Hornaday, Jr. After rain cancelled qualifying, Hornaday, Jr. started on the pole according to NASCAR rules. The driver of the No. 33 Camping World Chevy clearly had the dominant truck all day. Erik Darnell looked to have a shot to catch and challenge Hornaday, Jr. but he ran out of laps before he had the chance. Read More »

Tearing Apart the Trucks : A Championship That’s Far From Decided

As the Craftsman Truck Series rolls into New Hampshire International Speedway for the 18th race of the season, Ron Hornaday, Jr. finds himself leading the points for the first time since 1999. Mike Skinner had led the championship standings since he won the second race of the year at the California Speedway and found himself tied with Jack Sprague for the top spot. The combination of a 28th place finish for Skinner after a cut tire and a second place finish for Hornaday in the last race at St. Louis, put the driver of the No. 33 Camping World Chevy ahead by just four points, the second closest points margin in series history at this point in the season. Read More »