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Frontstretch Staff
The Frontstretch Staff is made up of a group of talented men and women spread out all over the United States and Canada. Residing in 15 states throughout the country, plus Ontario, and widely ranging in age, the staff showcases a wide variety of diverse opinions that will keep you coming back for more week in and week out.

Fanning the Flames: Making Sense Of The Talladega Mayhem

*Why is everyone complaining about the [Talladega] finish? The fence held! The drivers walked away! It worked like it was supposed to! Let them race and quit complaining!* _— Kevin Hart_ *A:* I’ll give you those points. Yes, the fence held and yes, everyone walked away, but we simply can’t have cars flying all over the place — especially into the catch fencing that separates the field of competition from thousands of spectators. It just can’t happen.

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A Yellow Line Rant Of A Different Color

What a difference a half a year makes! A little over six months ago, we had a lot to write about after the race at Talladega. Seems that a mostly unknown rookie almost won a Cup race at Talladega. That man was Regan Smith. Without rehashing the whole ordeal, in short, Reagan was forced below the (then single) yellow line by Tony Stewart, but yet still managed to pass him for the (supposed) win!

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Frontstretch Fantasy Insider: Beating and Banging in the Capital of the South

With Talladega in the rear-view mirror, the Sprint Cup Series turns to the cozier confines of Richmond International Raceway and good ol' fashioned short tracking this week. But while the Series’ last downforce race at Phoenix offered a glimpse of who you'd expect to contend in Virginia’s capital, don't discount what happened last Sunday. With more than half of the top 12 in the standings involved in wrecks, the wild-card race at Talladega certainly managed to throw a wrench into the momentum of some contenders. The "Big One" doesn't discriminate whenever it chooses its victims ... and the hangover from those nasty crashes can last a couple of weeks if teams aren't careful. With that in mind, who's ready to vault towards fantasy perfection at the track many call perfect for racing? Short-tracking on a Saturday night is always cause to put a smile on race fans' faces… and with the help of the Frontstretch Insiders, this weekend will be all the more enjoyable for you and your fantasy lineup.

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Mirror Driving: Keselowski’s Sprint Cup Future, Yanking The Yellow-Line Rule, And Super Bowl-Sized Issues For Daytona

*Brad Keselowski won in just his fifth career Sprint Cup start at Talladega this past weekend. With Mark Martin now contemplating staying in the No. 5 — a ride many expect Keselowski to inherit — in 2010 and possibly beyond, what does Keselowski's Cup Series future hold?* Bryan: It’s very bright, for one thing. And if Martin does come back, I don't think there'd be much trouble getting him a ride in a third Stewart-Haas Racing car. Amy: I agree, he has a very bright future. I think HMS needs to give Mark Martin a gentle shove to get him in the seat at least part-time next year.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Edition

What a weekend! The roller coaster-esque ebbs and flows of storylines and drama poured through Talladega more than at any track in a long time. The breakthrough win of David Ragan in Saturday’s Aaron’s 312 Nationwide Series race was impressive enough -- but it merely set the stage for what would be a remarkable finish the following day. At first, it seemed after a series of "Big Ones" it was the usual suspects who would rise to the front at the end. Ryan Newman and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. almost fulfilled that prophecy, creating their two-car breakaway during the final restart of the Aaron’s 499. But just when you thought they had it won… something unexpected actually happened in the Sprint Cup Series, as the two-car tandem of Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski blew by them on the white flag lap. And after using some brilliant strategy, it was none other than Keselowski who scored his first Cup win, handed owner James Finch his first, and assisted in one of the wildest, scariest crashes ever.

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When Radio Killed the NASCAR TV Star

Look, every week we get together and complain. We grumble about the terrible car, rude drivers, annoying animated critters, destroyed TV presentations and boring races. It’s pretty much an endless pit of NASCAR annoyance, isn’t it? I’ve been thinking… do you think it might just be us? I am the …

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Numbers Game: 2009 Aaron’s 499 at Talladega

0.175 Brad Keselowski‘s margin of victory over Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Saturday in the Aaron’s 499. 1 Career win for Keselowski in five starts. 1 Career Cup win for car owner James Finch after Keselowski’s trip to Victory Lane on Saturday. 1 Number of times winner Keselowski led the Aaron’s 499 …

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Five Points to Ponder: 2009 Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Edition

*A NASCAR induced near-disaster?* Like every single person watching the FOX telecast or sitting in the stands at the 2.66-mile superspeedway that has produced some of the scariest incidents in NASCAR history, I too held my breath waiting for the window net to drop on the No. 99 car after Carl Edwards went sailing into the fence. But as soon as Edwards climbed out of his machine and sprinted to the stripe Ricky Bobby-style, my emotions quickly turned from relief to anger.

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Bubble Breakdown: Part-Timer Wins At Talladega While Top 30 Teams Turn In Top 15s

Talladega Superspeedway was the setting this week for the running of the Aaron’s 499. Bubble teams kicked up a little pre-race news as Sam Hornish, Jr. posted a career best qualifying run, starting fourth, before suddenly getting sick with the flu -- forcing the team to fly in Travis Kvapil as a standby driver in case Hornish wasn’t able to finish the race. Also making some noise was Robby Gordon in his self-owned No. 7 car. Robby was the fastest in the field during the first practice, but after sliding down the timing sheets in the second one, he had a 38th place qualifying run thrown out because his car didn’t make NASCAR’s minimum height requirement -- as did Reed Sorenson -- sending both drivers to the back of the field for the start. But Hornish and Gordon weren't the only bubble stories by the time the checkered flag flew in the Aaron’s 499.

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