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Bubble Breakdown: Monster Mile Mashes 2 Teams Into Top-35 Trouble

Last week, the “Lady in Black” brought the Bubble Battle to a boil when Front Row Motorsports teammates Kevin Conway and David Gilliland, back in their old rides from Fontana, both crashed out of the 500-mile marathon. Still, Conway remained on the bubble with his nearest combatants tantalizingly-close in the rankings. Gilliland, 22 points away from a guaranteed starting spot, was left to contend with the No. 26 of David Stremme, suddenly just 105 points behind him.

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Showtime Southern 500 at Darlington

The Track too Tough to Tame lived up to its reputation Saturday night, as most every car was loaded onto the trailer with at least a Darlington stripe if not significant damage. And it was our longtime Power Rankings king who may have suffered the most; Jimmie Johnson wound up singing the blues after a …

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Bubble Breakdown: Darlington Crashfest Keeps Top-35 Tussle Tight

Last week on the Bubble Breakdown: As Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon romped around Richmond, all the bubble contenders fell off the lead lap and were left scrounging for spots from 26th on back. In the end, Kevin Conway finished 13 laps down and lost his spot on the bubble to Front Row Motorsports teammate …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Crown Royal 400 at Richmond

Jimmie Johnson appeared doomed to end the day a lapped car before a timely piece of debris saved his night at Richmond. But even with the mystery caution, a dose of good fortune could only keep the No. 48 car in contention for so long, struggling en route to a 10th-place finish that left him …

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Bubble Breakdown: The Curious Case of Kevin Conway

Last week on the Bubble Breakdown: A wild afternoon of restrictor-plate chaos at Talladega vaulted Robby Gordon back into the Top 35 while Robert Richardson Jr., back in the No. 37, saw his Front Row team fall just two points out in 36th. Between the two teams sat the car driven by Kevin Conway, whose …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Aaron’s 499 at Talladega

The “lottery” that is Talladega these days usually shuffles the Power Rankings around like those ping-pong balls before they’re picked at random. For now, there’s one thing we know for sure when the drawing stopped: Kevin Harvick came out the big winner. He may have offended his current and future sponsor in victory lane during …

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Bubble Breakdown: Restrictor-Plate Heartbreak for Several Competitive Underdogs

Last week, the No. 34 of Front Row Motorsports (driven by Travis Kvapil) slipped back into the Top 35 after Texas. It wasn’t pretty, but that minuscule three-point cushion was enough to push FRM teammate David Gilliland’s No. 37 back onto the bubble spot for the first time since Bristol. At Talladega, that meant it …

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Bubble Breakdown: 3’s Not the Charm for David Reutimann in Texas

Last week on the Bubble Breakdown, a 14th-place finish at Phoenix vaulted Robby Gordon’s No. 7 back onto the bubble, locking him into a Cup race for the first time since Bristol. Gordon bumped out the No. 34 car driven by Travis Kvapil, who finished 36th after his engine exploded on lap 314. At Texas, …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Subway Fresh Fit 600 at Phoenix

The duel in the desert Saturday night came packaged with a sudden late-night plot twist that led to a green-white-checkered finish for the ages. When the smoke cleared, it was a shocking winner (Ryan Newman) whose 77-race losing streak came to an end while allowing the frustration from other victory droughts (Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon) …

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Bubble Breakdown: Robby’s Top 15 Bursts Kvapil’s Bubble Inside Top 35

Robby Gordon picked up a well-deserved 14th-place finish in Saturday’s Subway Fresh Fit 600 at Phoenix. But was that enough to get him inside the Top 35? Meanwhile, David Stremme’s No. 26 and Mike Bliss’s No. 36 both failed to make the race, meaning their 37th and 38th-ranked teams both lost nearly 40 points on …

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