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5 Points to Ponder: 2009 NASCAR Banking 500 at Charlotte Edition

The third man in what seemed to be a three-man race for the championship, Juan Pablo Montoya finished a dismal 35th after contact on a restart and is now 195 points out of the series lead. The Cinderella story of the Chase thus far, it’ll be difficult for Montoya to reel in Johnson without a lot of luck.

Bubble Breakdown: Team Red Bull Full “Speed” Ahead in Battle for Final Locked-In Spot

Last Saturday night, NASCAR ran for the final time at what has been known as Lowe’s Motor Speedway for well over a decade. The track will still be there in 2010, but it’ll have a new name as Lowe’s announced earlier in the year it wouldn’t renew its sponsorship deal. And while we’re on the …

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Richard Childress Reflects on Initial Hall of Fame Class, Dale Earnhardt

Richard Childress visited the media center at Lowe’s Motor Speedway Saturday afternoon to field questions about his nomination to the NASCAR Hall of Fame and the selection of Dale Earnhardt to the inaugural class. The press conference was hosted by Winston Kelly, the president of NASCAR’s Hall of Fame. Childress owned six of the cars …

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Jimmie Johnson Sweeps 2009 NASCAR Banking 500 Final Practice at Charlotte

We’ve heard this story before, but Jimmie Johnson was the dominant car for the last time the cars will be on the track before the race this weekend. With the track cooling down and the grip increasing, the speeds actually went up, and Johnson’s time differential was still basically a tenth of a second. Johnson …

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Jimmie Johnson Tops 2nd 2009 NASCAR Banking 500 Practice at Charlotte

In a continuation of the first practice and qualifying from yesterday, Jimmie Johnson was the fastest driver in the second practice this weekend for the NASCAR Banking 500. Johnson laid down a lap of 28.852 seconds on his very first lap on the track, which correlates to a 187.162-mph lap. Johnson has been unheaded all …

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Happy Hour: The Car of Tomorrow & The Safety Delusion

Don’t take this the wrong way, faithful Frontstretch readers, but sometimes I feel like the kid in the Emperor’s New Clothes story. The Vegas Nationwide race early this year was an example. Despite the CoT and the current Nationwide cars being so vastly different, Goodyear usually brings the same tires for both races on race …

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Thompson in Turn 5: The Hall of Fame Votes Are In & The Committee Got It (Just About) Right

Now with 60 years of NASCAR history to draw on, the sport has selected its first five inductees to the soon-to-be completed Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C. A 50-member blue ribbon panel representing a broad spectrum of the sport voted from a list of 25 that the 21-member Nominating Committee had previously chosen, coming …

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Fanning the Flames: An Odd Point of View, the Hall of Fame & More (or Less) Tolerance

Q: Matt, are you kidding??? Now NASCAR’s own media is defending “the show” that it puts on when it creates drama? [Jeff] Gluck (NASCAR SceneDaily … figures) is telling fans that NASCAR’s phantom cautions for debris is good for the sport?! What kind of “journalist” defends a sport’s leadership that manipulates the game itself? Tell me his thoughts aren’t in line with the majority of the folks who cover this sport and bring it to us daily!

Fantasy Insider: Honing In Your Roster at NASCAR’s Hometown Track

As hard as NASCAR may try to make a home in Fontana, Calif., stock car racing always has and always will be right at home in Concord, N.C., as the Sprint Cup Series returns to Lowe’s Motor Speedway for the third time this season. The third consecutive intermediate race in the Chase, the 1.5-miler still …

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The No. 08 team: More to Overcoming the Odds Than You Might Think

Take a quick stroll through the Sprint Cup Series garage and you’ll see lines of haulers and the full garage stalls of NASCAR’s biggest teams. As you cross through the gates of what should be the exit of the garage area, you see several groups of men huddled around less-colorful racecars, turning wrenches either out …

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