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5 Points to Ponder: 2009 NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Montreal Edition

One of the worst races of the year? Yesterday’s Nationwide fiasco in Montreal had its share of memorable moments, from the final stage of the race being run on a wet track to a record number of cautions and a last-lap pass for the win. Normally, those are three key variables that make a race …

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Happy Hour: NASCAR Wins Leaders Both in Danger of Missing Playoffs?

Remember the good old days when we didn’t care who was fighting for 12th place in the standings too much? Those days are gone, even for me. Kyle Busch and Mark Martin, two great drivers on opposite ends of NASCAR Nation’s polarization spectrum, battled to one of the best finishes of the year in Bristol …

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Driven to the Past: Harry Hyde – The NASCAR Years…

Recalling drivers and others I’ve known through my years in motorsports has been one of the most gratifying things about writing this weekly column for Frontstretch. Usually it’s on a humorous note, but sometimes it’s historical data which I think is important that the younger fans and others among us should know. Harry Hyde encompasses …

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Thompson in Turn 5: Chase to the Sprint Cup Championship NASCAR’s Stimulus Package

It seems that the impending implosion that the country’s financial institutions and NASCAR faced last winter has passed and perhaps, just perhaps, there is now reason for optimism. Even as the U.S. stock markets continue to soar and the nation’s largest financial institutions begin to report profitable quarters, NASCAR is seeing what appears to be …

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Voices From the Heartland: No Need to Switch to Fuel Injection

Lately there has been a lot of talk about switching to a fuel injection system versus a carburetor in NASCAR. The question I have is; why? Why do we have to mess with one more ‘tradition’ of this great sport? Advocates of fuel injection cite numerous reasons such as better fuel mileage, better performance, “everyone …

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Fanning the Flames: NASCAR TV Coverage, Team Orders & Tapping the Roof

I am not a NASCAR TV critic. I leave that up to Frontstretch’s own Phil Allaway. And I’ve never been one to get my panties in a wad over a particular broadcaster’s production of a race or its on-air talent. After all, and as I’ve said here before, I remember a time when not every …

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Mirror Driving: Fuel-Injection Firestorm, Tackling Team Orders & Why Bash Bristol?

Saturday’s race at Bristol featured green-flag passing as well as several on-track run-ins, although many fans still said afterward that the race was boring.

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Sharpie 500 at Bristol Edition

Welcome back Bristol – we missed you! Or maybe you never left and we just had to get used to a few less shoving matches in the Thunder Valley bullring. Nonetheless, the Sprint Cup Series capped off an exciting week of racing at Bristol Motor Speedway by seeing Kyle Busch break out of both a …

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