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Bubble Breakdown: Who’s In & Who’s Out of Top 35 Entering Uncertain 2010 Offseason

Last week at Phoenix, disaster struck TRG Motorsports when a blown right-front tire sent Brendan Gaughan’s fully-funded No. 71 hard into the turn one SAFER barrier, resulting in the team’s first last-place finish of 2010. 101 points out of the Top 35 heading into the 312-lap race, the No. 38 team and driver Travis Kvapil …

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Bubble Breakdown: Brendan Gaughan’s Bad Day Gives a “Front Row” Opportunity for Underdogs

The first car to fall out of Phoenix, however, was TRG Motorsports’ No. 71, derailing Brendan Gaughan’s first Cup race since (as a YouTube viewer corrected) the Truck Series veteran drove in relief of Mike Bliss at the 2005 Pocono 500.

Bubble Breakdown: RGM and TRG Break Away From FRM’s No. 38 at Talladega

Another veteran would take the helm of the Air National Guard Ford at Talladega, where Saturday’s qualifying session proved just as significant to the bubble battle as the race itself…

Bubble Breakdown: Kevin Conway, Robby Gordon’s Team Still Headed the Wrong Way

Dave Blaney gunned FRM’s No. 38 a full 39 points closer to the bubble, where Robby Gordon’s new wheelman Kevin Conway suffered a second straight DNF. But for Bob Jenkins’s only team outside the Top 35, in order to exact FRM’s revenge on the Conway-ExtenZe duo, the team would still have to drive through Latitude 43 Motorsports, now a tantalizing seven points right in front of them.

Bubble Breakdown: Front Row Version 2.0 Making a Move at Atlanta

Less than a week after Kevin Conway and sponsor ExtenZe left Front Row Motorsports’ No. 34 team, drivers Travis Kvapil, David Gilliland and Tony Raines quietly salvaged finishes inside the top 30 at Bristol to move all three of their teams more than 20 points away from the bubble. Sliding closer to trouble was none …

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Bubble Breakdown: Start & Parkers Still Chasing After NASCAR Dreams

With 12 races remaining in the 2010 NASCAR Cup season, two teams still have a realistic shot at re-entering the Top 35 in owner points: the No. 26 Latitude 43 Motorsports team and the No. 38 owned by Front Row Motorsports. Although both cars face an uphill battle to lock themselves into future races, they …

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Bubble Breakdown: Front Row Motorsports Regroups at Brutal Bristol

Last week at Michigan, Elliott Sadler ended a nine month top-10 drought and amassed a season high 375-point cushion on the bubble. Regan Smith and Scott Speed also turned heads on race day by parlaying pit strategy into a pair of top-25 finishes while Sam Hornish Jr. continued a steady seven-race gain. But behind these …

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