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Fanning the Flames: Closing the Inbox on the 2008 NASCAR Season

The NASCAR offseason is finally upon us; but as they say, there is no rest for the weary. It’s been a blast talking with so many of you during my second season with Frontstretch, so keep those questions coming and we’ll publish a few Fanning the Flames columns during the circuit’s downtime. Besides, some of …

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Rick Crawford Driver Diary: I’ll Keep an Eye on the Casino for You…

Editor’s Note: This diary is part of a wrap-up series detailing the end of the season for Frontstretch‘s four driver diary participants. Since the last time I was here, we went to Talladega, Martinsville, Atlanta, Phoenix, Texas and then ended up at Homestead. During that stretch, we showed some signs of greatness as a team …

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: Get a Head Start on NASCAR 2009 With a 2008 Stats Review

A season of NASCAR fantasy racing has once again come and gone. Jimmie Johnson was the best at the end of the year, and came home with his third consecutive Cup championship. But while Johnson was on top when the Chase wrapped up, he was far from the best fantasy driver on the racetrack. Instead, …

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Thompson in Turn 5: NASCAR Stars Weigh in, for Better or Worse, on Big-3 Bailout Debate

The growing worldwide financial crisis seems to be growing larger, more confusing and more controversial every day. While not be a topic particularly appropriate for the sports page NASCAR, more than any other major sport in the U.S., is directly related to the business world. One look down pit road is a colorful exhibit of …

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Mirror Driving: NASCAR 2008’s Biggest Moment, 2009’s Testing Nightmare & Judging Johnson in 2050

Welcome to Mirror Driving. Every week, your favorite columnists sit down and give their opinion about the latest NASCAR news and rumors. Love us or hate us, make a comment below and tell us how you feel about what we’ve said! This Week’s Participants: Bryan Davis Keith (Thursdays/Picks ‘N’ Pans & Sundays/Nationwide Series Breakdown) Doug Turnbull (Tuesdays/Talking …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2008 NASCAR Season Breakdown

The checkered flag has flown over the field at Homestead marking the end of a historic 2008 NASCAR season. We saw controversial and exciting finishes, scary crashes and a historic third consecutive championship for the dynasty that is Jimmie Johnson, Chad Knaus and the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team. The season also featured three consistently …

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Talking NASCAR TV: NASCAR on ESPN Finale in the Books… the Grading Begins

The second season of NASCAR’ s rebirth on ESPN is in the books. Reactions from NASCAR fans across the nation have been mixed regarding the network’s coverage. When NASCAR and the sports network announced their partnership in 2006, the potential seemed boundless for how good the coverage was going to be. From the first green …

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10 Points to Ponder… After the 2008 Ford 400 at Homestead

1. It’s Still The Thought That Counts – NASCAR drivers Geoffrey Bodine and Scott Wimmer will join the National Hot Rod Association’s Hillary Will and Arie Luyendyk Jr. of the Indy Racing League in a tour of U.S. military bases in Iraq and Kuwait. Billed as “The Racing Heroes 2008 Goodwill Tour,” the four racecar …

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