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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Watkins Glen A Mix Of Tony’s Tragedy, AJ’s Triumph

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Key Moment – On lap 78, Josh Wise stopped in the grass on the inside of the exit of the Bus Stop. Rather than throw a local caution to give Wise an opportunity to refire the car and continue on, NASCAR threw a full-course caution. As a result, AJ Allmendinger and Marcos Ambrose drew immensely closer …

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Nationwide Breakdown: Zippo 200 at the Glen

Nothing could stop Marcos Ambrose on Saturday afternoon at Watkins Glen International. The 37-year-old was entered in his first NASCAR Nationwide Series event in nearly one year, and he made the most of it. Ambrose and his crew chief Scott McDougall played the perfect strategy to win the Zippo 200 at the Glen. Leading a …

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Mirror Driving: System Failure, Strategy vs. Speed, and Future Stars

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Welcome to Mirror Driving. Every week, your favorite columnists sit down and give their opinion about the latest NASCAR news, rumors and controversy. Love us or hate us, make a comment below and tell us how you feel about what we’ve said! This Week’s Participants: Amy Henderson (Mondays / The Big Six & Wednesdays / …

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Happiness Is… Indifference Darian Grubb & The Glen

At Watkins Glen International In Watkins Glen, Ny On August 11, 2013.

Martin Truex, Jr.‘s No. 56 team went from full-time to part-time status in the blink of an eye.

Well, Pocono was fun.  Or something. At one point it seemed more like bumper cars at 200 mph than actual racing.  Then again, who ever expected the Big One to happen at the triangle, a track long considered one of the most boring?  The overall culmination felt like a disjointed mess of a race, which …

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Fantasy Insider: Road Course Ringer Equals Marcos or ‘Dinger

2014 Sonoma Cup Marcos Ambrose Car Cia

When it came to making fantasy auto racing picks for road courses, for years it seemed like a safe bet to look at the so-called road ringers and try to pick up a top 10 finish with a cheap or rarely used driver. But taking a look back at the last three road course races, …

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Five Points to Ponder: Martin’s Impact, The Glen, and Looking Ahead to ‘15

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ONE: Will Dale Earnhardt, Jr. remain strong this season? Fresh off the No. 88 team’s sweep of Pocono, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and outgoing crew chief, Steve Letarte seem to be “firing on all eight cylinders” as Junior stated after their victory at the GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday. But the question remains, with …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Pocono – Watkins Glen Edition

The return to Pocono Raceway had it all: widespread pitting strategies, tire-care issues, a high-energy finish and even a Big One. It was the ideal ending to a two-week flat track endeavor. NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series now shifts focus to Watkins Glen International Raceway, where road course specialists will be looking to sneak into the …

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Marcos Ambrose to run Nationwide Series event at Watkins Glen

2014 Indianapolis Cup Marcos Ambrose Cia

Richard Petty Motorsports announced on Monday that Marcos Ambrose will run both the Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series races this weekend at Watkins Glen International. Ambrose will drive the No. 09 Stanley Ford in Saturday’s Zippo 200, before driving the No. 9 Stanley Racing Ford on Sunday. “I love going to Watkins Glen and …

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Happiness Is… A Storybook Career, Sigh of Relief & Those Open Wheelers

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Jeff Gordon celebrates after winning the 2014 Brickyard 400. (Credit: CIA)

Sigh of relief. Everyone can thank Jeff Gordon for putting a stop the Ford juggernaut.  The win streak, of four in a row, was getting out of hand and some other manufacturer needed to be represented in victory lane. There’s a couple interesting things about the string that Ford had just put together, with the …

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Five Points to Ponder: Rookie Magic Turned Tricky Triangle

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ONE: What Does a Fifth Brickyard Victory Mean for Jeff Gordon? After winning four NASCAR Sprint Cup championships, 90 career victories (third all-time), 445 top-10 finishes, three Daytona 500 victories and now a fifth career win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (the most all-time on the oval at IMS), what does the win on Sunday really …

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The Frontstretch Five: Things That Would Make Fans Happy at Daytona

2014 Daytona Duels Cup Trevor Bayne Justin Allgaier Kurt Busch Landon Cassill Cia 430

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Welcome to the Frontstretch Five, a brand-new column for 2014! Each week, Amy Henderson takes a look at the racing, the drivers, and the storylines that drive NASCAR and produces a list of five people, places, things, and ideas that define the current state of our sport. In the latest edition, has five things that …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Toyota / Save Mart 350

2014 Sonoma Cup Jack Roush Carl Edwards Trophy Cia

Carl Edwards and Jack Roush have enjoyed a decade's worht of success together. Edward's move to Joe Gibbs Racing for 2015 comes at a time where their outsourced engines have been largely left in the dust this season.(Credit: CIA)

Key Moment – The caution flag flew for debris in turn 10 on lap 72 that was not shown on television. Carl Edwards had pitted two laps before that and was able to stay on the track when most everyone else came to pit road. Edwards and Marcos Ambrose led the field to the green …

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