Phoenix is only the eighth race of the 2009 Sprint Cup Series season, but it helped answer many questions: An old man can still compete with the young guns, AJ Allmendinger isn't going anywhere (for a while), (most of) Hendrick Motorsports is a title threat and there's a lot of fact (and fiction) in the NASCAR garage. Find out more with The Final Lap
Frozen in time
After most of NASCAR took the week off, drivers hit the road at Phoenix this weekend with a renewed passion. Check out the best images herePrefer video highlights? We've got those too
Getting his just desserts
The surprise of the 2009 season is getting rewarded for his efforts. Although details about his car number or sponsor have not been settled, Richard Petty Motorsports confirmed thsi week that AJ Allmendinger will remain at the team through 2010.
Fact or fiction?
Will Kasey Kahne stay or will he go? That was the question on everybody's mind after internet reports hinted that the Bud Man was planning an exit strategy. Here's the real deal straight from the source.
Jump to conclusions
The rumor-mongers were out in force for Jamie McMurray as well, as a number of internet reports suggested he's on the way out at Roush Fenway Racing when they are forced to shut down one of its teams at the end of the year. Guess somebody forgot to tell Jack Roush those plans
Unfortunately for Aric Almirola and his No. 8 team, one piece of garage gossip has become reality as his team has been parked due to a lack of sponsorship. Related: McReynolds: Almirola may need to take step back | Dale Jr. sad No. 8 isn't racing right now
Worth the risk
Greg Biffle and his Roush Fenway Racing team gambled their way to a record win Friday night, as they survived a two-lap sprint to claim the 100th Nationwide Series win for team owner Jack Roush.
Time for a change
The Subway paint scheme wasn't the only new thing Carl Edwards was sporting this weekend at Phoenix. After a pit road snafu cost the No. 99 team a chance to win at Texas two weekends ago, a shake up was in order.
Highs and lows
Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s woes continued Saturday night at Phoenix. An early pit road issue, a late loose condition, and a late feud with Casey Mears all combined to erase any positives for the No. 88 team. Dale Jr. had one simple message for the competition after the latest setback.
While NASCAR drivers seemingly are younger and younger each year (think 18-year-old Joey Logano), veteran Mark Martin showed he still had what it takes to succeed in NASCAR by cruising at Phoenix to snap a 97-race Cup winless streak. | Results | Hammond video: Nifty at 50 | Spencer: Better with age
Just the beginning?
Oh by the way, Martin's Phoenix victory was significant for another reason - it continued Hendrick Motorsports' domination. If the competition doesn't pick up the pace in a hurry, the Hendrick juggernaut could roll on to many more wins and another championship, Lee Spencer says.