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Full Throttle: 2011 Hall of Fame Nominees Have It Right, For the Most Part

The Hall of Fame – regardless of sport – is there to honor the history, founders, integral contributors and past champions of that sport. But while this is true, the other thing it always seems to be is the focal point for debate. No matter who is in, who is nominated, and who is left …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at Loudon

Everyone thought that a little game of road course bumper cars at Infineon would stir up the Frontstretch Power Rankings. But one week later, it was actually the (mostly) caution-free, flat one-mile oval in New Hampshire that threw the top 15 into the blender. Four drivers climbed into the rankings this week, while four fell …

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Full Throttle: Rubbin’ is Racin’ – A Tale of 2 Right/Wrong Races on How to Rough Someone Up

“Rubbin’ is Racin’” has been a saying around the world of NASCAR from the very early years. It was made famous by the 1990 movie Days of Thunder when Cole Trickle (Tom Cruise) tried to explain to Harry Hogge (Robert Duval) why he was all over the track. Harry Hogge: Cole, you’re wandering all over …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon

A typical road-course weekend saw a few names you don’t normally see up front, and some you expected to see up front relegated to poor finishes through no fault of their own. When the smoke cleared from a day filled with bumper cars and bumpy strategies, Jimmie Johnson surprisingly took home the checkered flag for …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Heluva Good! 400 at Michigan

The Irish Hills of Michigan were not the scene of a fuel-mileage strategy play this weekend; instead, the drama scenes fizzled in the face of total domination by Denny Hamlin. Not even mystery debris could cloud the ending of a race thoroughly controlled by the No. 11 from start to finish. Kasey Kahne, Jeff Gordon …

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Full Throttle: Michigan Still Pulls in the Fans

The southeast region of Michigan is unquestionably the toughest hit area of the country in this current economic downturn. Unemployment rates are double digits and the automotive industry is doing everything it can to get back to viability. The track in Brooklyn is often belittled for hosting boring races, but there is no question that …

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