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Frontstretch Fantasy Insider: Bristol on the Juice… How To Survive Delaware’s Monster Mile

Leaving the Beast of the Southeast behind in a flood of rain, the Cup circuit heads to the aptly titled “Monster Mile” that is Dover International Speedway, a one-mile high banked concrete oval that lives up to its reputation as a Bristol on steroids. The high-speed facility is one of the more treacherous circuits on the Cup schedule, with its slippery concrete surface, narrow exit off the corners and boiler-plate metal walls. Just as in the track’s adjacent casino, the stakes will be high this weekend, and the Frontstretch Fantasy Insider is going to be right there with you to count the cards.

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 Coca-Cola 600

Each week, we’ll go through media reports, interviews, PR, and all of our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Sprint Cup race, capturing the story of how the weekend unfolded. It’s the most original commentary you’ll ever find: the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of …

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NASCAR’s Memorial Day Tribute: Racing with the Red, White and Blue

It happens at the beginning of almost every race; the Star Spangled Banner ends to a rousing round of applause from the stands closely followed by the thundering roar from a flight of F-14’s. Each time I experience this combination of patriotism and muscular display of our nation’s military, I get goosebumps. Mostly, I share a smile with those fans standing next to me while my husband frantically clicks off a bunch of shots on his camera. Besides the reverberation in my blood, there is a greater point to that moment. Perhaps the musicians are talented and the jets are really impressive, but it’s too easy to forget exactly what it is we are experiencing. And I don’t mean the prelude to “Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!”

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Bubble Breakdown: Rain Plays Into The Hands Of Gordon While Riggs Rains On Baldwin’s Parade

Well the 24 hours of Charlotte finally came to an end late Monday afternoon. And the 50th running of the Coca Cola 600 was dominated by Kyle Busch and the weather. The race never went green on Sunday and suffered rain delays again on Monday before finally being called and producing a surprise winner. So to see which bubble teams gambled on the weather and won, and which wound up all wet, read on in this week’s edition of the bubble breakdown.

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2009 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte

David Reutimann won Monday’s Coke 600, despite scratching up the right side of the No. 00 Aaron’s Toyota. Crew chief Rodney Childers’s call for the 'Franchise' to stay out instead of pitting before the race’s final caution flag put the Michael Waltrip Racing driver in the lead ahead of Ryan Newman, Robby Gordon and Carl Edwards. The crew chiefs of all of these entries deserve three thumbs up for playing the Mother Nature card and snagging top-five finishes.

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Numbers Game: 2009 Coca-Cola 600

1st Career Sprint Cup victory for Coca-Cola 600 winner David Reutimann in 75 starts. 1 Number of times winner Reutimann led the Coca-Cola 600 Monday. 1 Career Cup win for owner Michael Waltrip after Reutimann’s trip to Victory Lane on Monday. 1 Car moved to the rear of the field …

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Five Points to Ponder: Memorial Day Weekend 2009 Edition

*Longing for Leniency* You know that big senior bully who picks on the little freshman in high school? That’s what NASCAR has been accused of on several occasions in the past month with the suspensions of Jeremy Mayfield and Carl Long. The recent 12-week, $200,000 fine for Long's engine that was a fraction of an inch too big has crippled the income of the longtime part-time driver. After the appeals process is over – which given NASCAR’s history is unlikely to be overturned – Long will be shunned from the garage for the length of his suspension, preventing him from being a Nationwide Series crewman as well.

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