The 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is starting to get interesting as Sunday Mark Martin picked up the gauntlet thrown on Dover International Speedway by Jimmie Johnson in the AAA 400 and then proceeded to race his way to a second place finish at Dover that keeps him and the team in the running for the Sprint Cup Series Championship. This victory makes Johnson a definite threat to take the Sprint Cup Series Championship in his No. 48 Chevrolet, which would be the fourth in a row for his team, if he and they can manage to keep the momentum …read more
Sitting just out of the race for the Chase Kyle Busch did everything he could Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway to get himself in a position to make a run for the Chase in the remaining races before the teams and drivers meet for the showdown. Pole-sitter Mark Martin did his best to keep Busch behind him in the race to the Chase by finishing second in the Sharpie 500. He stayed right on Busch’s tail for the last four laps and tried several times to pass but wasn’t able to find the speed and line to make it …read more
“One person’s bad-luck is another racers gain” turned out to be the saying of day on Sunday afternoon, on the pavement of historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway as Jimmie Johnson’s gain turned out to be Juan Montoya’s bad luck. Jimmie Johnson was able to take advantage of a pit-road error by Juan Montoya that resulted in a penalty to Montoya. After restarting on the outside lane with just 24 laps remaining, Johnson was able to stay in front of his teammate and pole sitter for this race, Mark Martin, to take his second consecutive Allstate 400 at the Brickyard and his …read more
The 2009 NASCAR season is on its one week break that traditionally happens every year, so to mark this occasion, we’ve decided to do go over the report card for the 2009 season. We’ll go over a few of the surprises and disappointments on NASCAR’s national levels so far this year.
The biggest disappointment of the year for many will be the disappointing year of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Expectations were high for Dale but he has had a hard time getting his car up to speed all year, but hopefully these are just growing pains and he’ll find his wheels next …read more
50 year old Mark Martin is like a fine wine this year as he won his 2009 series best fourth Sprint Cup competition of the year and the 39th of his long and illustrious racing career Saturday night at Chicago’s 1.5 mile Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois. The last man standing on a night of body-slamming and bump-drafting that included seven cautions, the last one with only two laps left in the race due to oil on the track from Kyle Busch’s blown engine. Mark Martin pulled away after a double-file restart after the seventh caution of the night and …read more
Have you ever noticed how sometimes something wonderful falls right in your lap during an activity when it wasn’t your actual goal? Mark Martin has probably experienced this before, so when his plans to try for a top five finish in Sunday’s LifeLock 400 turned into a victory lap, he might not have been as surprised as a younger driver. This didn’t stop him from expressing his joy to the world in a bright smile that certainly speaks miles about his opinion about his good fortune and the final result at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday.
Fuel conservation again played a …read more
50-year-old Mark Martin did it again Saturday night, taking his second victors cup in the last four races of the Sprint Cup Series Championship by outlasting Jimmie Johnson in a crash-heavy race at Darlington Raceway. Only his second win at Darlington in the last sixteen years, he last won at Darlington in 1993 in the Southern 500, if he keeps up his winning pace he might even start thinking the Sprint Car Championship is within his reach.
Pretty good showing for a driver who contemplated hanging up his driving gloves a few years ago, before signing up for the 2010 Sprint …read more
Avondale, Arizona was the place to be Saturday night as racing fans were treated to a entertainment feast that was Kyle Busch loose the race by a mere fraction of a mile per hour, a spectacular and gladly ultimately painless crash by Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Mark Martin managed to make it out of the pit in time to beat everybody to the checkered flag and take the trophy and check.
Dale Earnhardt’s downfall brought on the final caution flag of the Subway Fresh Fit 500 with a mere 12 laps to the finish line, with the race order standing as …read more
The Cup Series moves its vans to the one-mile tri-oval of Phoenix International Raceway this weekend after a much needed weeks rest over Easter to recharge batteries and prepare mentally for the grind to come during the rest of the Cup Series season. It’s time to tune the engines and get the cars set up for a track that is unique as far as tracks go on the circuit. The Phoenix International Raceway is in disguise, it’s actually a short track dressed up as an intermediate oval.
The track designers have produced a track that has an irregular D shape and …read more
Good news for those involved in the Chase. Saturday’s practice times/speeds were faster for most than qualifying. Three of the top six times were the likes of Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson and Greg Biffle – the top three in the Chase standings.
Biffle’s No. 16 car posted the fastest time during the practice round, cutting up the Kansas Speedway at 167.385 MPH. Biffle is tied for second in the Chase standings, along with Johnson, who finished the practice round with a top speed of 166.528. Edwards posted the third-best top speed in the No. 99 car at …read more