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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2008 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona Edition

There were fireworks before and after the finish of Saturday’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway, as 11 cautions – most of them late – led to a mini-demolition derby of sorts which changed the outcome of the race. Helping some while hurting others, those last-minute wrecks completely changed the placement of several of …

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10 Points to Ponder… After the 2008 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona

1. The Other Big Three – American automakers GM, Ford and Chrysler have just about reached the panic stage as their financial well-being becomes a critical concern. GM stock has lost approximately 75% of its value over the last year, Ford Motor Company has seen a 50% decline of stock value in the last three …

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Bubble Breakdown: Last-Lap Restrictor-Plate Mayhem Ruins Daytona for Several Bubble Teams

As NASCAR made its first return trip to a racetrack in 2008, several bubble teams once again showed signs of life during Friday’s qualifying session. Joe Nemechek, Johnny Sauter and Regan Smith turned laps that qualified them in the fourth, fifth and eighth starting positions respectively, serving notice they planned to be a force during the …

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Happy Hour: Jimmy Spencer & NASCAR’s ‘Young Punks’

Former NASCAR driver and current TV commentator Jimmy Spencer recently addressed a crowded media center for a modifieds celebration to answer questions, and while speaking, he showed some disdain for some of the younger drivers in NASCAR today. His big beef is that the young guys today don’t appreciate what drivers in his day did …

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: Avoiding the Big One at Daytona

Daytona marks the beginning of the second half of the season. This is often the time of year when people reevaluate their fantasy teams and decide if they are in a strong position or if it is time to make wholesale changes and revamp their rosters. Daytona also scares a lot of owners because there …

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BSNews! DEI Announces New Stable of Drivers for 2009… & Other Bits from the Newsroom Floor

(BSNews, Mooresville, N.C.) – In an effort to bring an Earnhardt back into the driver’s seat, it was announced today that 19-year-old Taylor Earnhardt will be racing full-time for DEI in the Cup series in 2009. Taylor is the daughter of the late Dale Earnhardt and Teresa Houston Earnhardt, who’s held the reigns at DEI …

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Fanning the Flames: Breaking Down TNT’s Wide Open Coverage

For the second straight year, the Coke Zero 400 from Daytona International Speedway will be broadcast by TNT Saturday night using a concept called “Wide Open Coverage.” You remember last year, right? The split-screen coverage of commercials and racing action that had been so successfully used in the IRL – from a fan’s standpoint, anyway …

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Mirror Driving: The Busch-Montoya Scuffle, a Silly Season Shuffle & Saving the Truck Series With… the IRL?

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: Tony Lumbis (Mondays/Rookie Report) Vito Pugliese (Tuesdays/Voice of Vito) Mike Neff (Wednesdays/Power Rankings & …

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Top 10 Ways NASCAR Should Punish Montoya for Spinning Vyle Busch

Author’s note: Today’s Top 10 is a compilation written by myself AND a number of the fine, if sometimes just not quite right, members of our Frontstretch Forums family. Yes, this family puts the “fun” in “dysfunctional!” 10. Two-lap penalty for “rough, but extremely funny and satisfying” driving. 9. With the whole “Mo” lawsuit going …

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A NASCAR Fan With a True Passion: Mourning the Loss of Bob “The Ford Guy” Whitehead

This story is about NASCAR’s heart and soul. In a world where prima-donna drivers and corporate sponsorships can sometimes reign supreme, we often forget there’s still one thing, one group still responsible for the sport’s unprecedented growth. Behind the fences lie millions upon millions of fans with unsolicited, passionate love for racecars. No question, NASCAR …

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