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Joey Logano’s Pit Strategy Pays Off Big Time at Loudon, Wins 2009 Lenox Industrial Tools 301

In NASCAR, anything can happen during races. On lap 180, Joey Logano blew out a left-rear tire in turn 3. He had to make multiple pit stops under the caution (during one stop, the crew had to remove part of the tire that had wrapped itself around the left rear hub) and lost a lap. …

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Mad Max, Marcos Ambrose Sip the Sonoma Wine While It’s Sour Grapes for Others

Max Papis Start: 33rd; Finish: 12th Summary: Papis had high hopes coming into the wine country of Sonoma, the site of his Sprint Cup debut in 2008. However, it did not start out very well for the Italian road-racing vet. His No. 13 GEICO Camry fell a lap down very early in the race and it …

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Freshmen Perform Almost as Bad as the Michigan Economy

If Joey Logano fans can be patient for just a few more weeks, they may start to see the results they expected when their young driver was named as the driver of the No. 20 Camry. The rookie has consistently improved in the second half of each race since the middle of April, enough to safely speculate that adapting to the track in these new cars are his biggest challenge at the moment. Once Independence Day weekend rolls around, Logano will start seeing tracks for the second time this season, and I fully expect him to be much faster at the start of the race – which should translate into consistent top-15 finishes at the end.

Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Meijer 300 at Kentucky

Finally, someone has Kyle Busch’s number. And it’s his teammate. Running his first Nationwide Series race since an incident that saw him knock Busch from the lead at Dover with two laps to go, Joey Logano beat his teammate without the chrome horn on Saturday and took the checkers for his trouble. On a late …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Joey Logano Discusses an Encounter With Kyle Busch, His Toughest Track & Driving for the Coach

For the past couple of years, NASCAR fans everywhere have heard about a young driver who was supposed to be the next best thing since “Sliced Bread.” That driver, of course, is 19-year old Joey Logano, who’s been trying to live up to the hype ever since Mark Martin first “discovered” him at age 15. …

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Joey Logano & Greg Zipadelli Ride New Rules to Pocono’s Top Rookie Prize

Joey Logano Start: 23rd; Finish: 23rd Summary: Not even a dominant victory in Saturday’s ARCA Re/Max Pocono 200 could prepare Logano for the “Tricky Triangle” – Sprint Cup style. The rookie, who saw Pocono for the first time in his career this past weekend, was given the chance to earn valuable experience in Bill Venturini’s …

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Voice of Vito: Kyle Busch – Who Else Is Sick & Tired of His Act Besides Me?

It has happened again. The destructive force that may ruin NASCAR as we know it has reared its ugly head once more. No, I am not referring to General Motors joining Chrysler in bankruptcy – though that is another matter altogether that I will be addressing here in the in coming weeks – but rather …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 Autism Speaks 400 at Dover

While Jimmie Johnson was completely dominant at Dover, he wasn’t the only one with a stellar Sunday at the Monster Mile. Our experts actually rewarded a different driver with the top spot this week, keeping the three-time champ from assuming the throne he’ll so desperately seek by Homestead. At the same time, some people who …

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Fan’s View: Kyle Busch – Because Pride Must Always Go Before the Fall

Once upon a time – just last Friday, in fact – in a media center not too far from here sat a boy. He wore a yellow suit decorated with multi-colored candies, beautiful on the outside while attempting to hide the ugliness that occasionally lies within. His name was Kyle. Now, Kyle is not like …

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5 Points to Ponder: 2009 Autism Speaks 400 at Dover Edition

Scott Impresses Jimmie Johnson’s win in this week’s Cup Series event at Dover may not have been a surprise, but the results across the two other national series at the 1-mile oval certainly were. Brad Keselowski was in the right spot at the right time in Saturday’s Nationwide race when Joey Logano got into Kyle …

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Joey Logano’s Improvement Continues With Help From Miles the Monster

Joey Logano Start: 21st; Finish: 15th Summary: After struggling throughout much of practice, Logano was able to qualify his Home Depot Toyota in the middle of the pack for the Autism Speaks 400. As it turned out, his starting spot was actually quite good considering how tight the car was. Logano struggled mightily with the …

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