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NASCAR Nextel Cup Rookie Report: 2008 Preview, Part II

With the Daytona 500 nearly upon us, it’s time to finish off my look at the 2008 NASCAR Nextel Cup rookies. Last week in this column, we profiled three of the six candidates; this time around, we’ll finish the job by chronicling three impressive open-wheel veterans turned stock car freshmen: No. 27 Jacques Villeneuve – …

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Bubble Breakdown: Previewing NASCAR’s 2008 Battle for the Top 35, Part II

Being in the Top 35 for the first five NASCAR races this season is a great luxury for those lucky enough to secure a spot at the conclusion of 2007. But after that, each team has to perform well enough to stay there in order to keep enjoying those benefits. Last week in this column, …

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Racing at the Beach: Tragedy, Triumph & Controversial Finishes at Daytona, 2001-07

Editor’s Note: With the 50th running of the Daytona 500 just days away, we’re proud to present Frontstretch Senior Writer Matt McLaughlin’s “History of Daytona” series. McLaughlin has profiled all 49 Daytona 500s – and whether it’s Pearson and Petty spinning through the grass or Earnhardt finally getting the monkey off his back, he’ll have …

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Who’s the Champ, Who’s the Chump & Who’s in the Chase: 2008 NASCAR Staff Predictions

Now that another new NASCAR season is officially upon us, the time is here for our Frontstretch staff to look like geniuses… or fools… with our picks for who makes the Chase – and most importantly, who takes this year’s title. So, read on to find out who your favorite expert picked to bring home …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Time to Put This Bud (Shootout) on Ice

On Saturday night, NASCAR will roar back onto the landscape with the Budweiser Shootout. The race is an exclusive, members-only affair, with only pole winners from the previous season and previous winners on the guest list. Budweiser sponsored the pole award for years, and along with the honor of top starting spot for a race …

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Voices From the Heartland: Why Brian France Is Driving Me Insane

I honestly didn’t want to start my year out like this, but I have been given no choice. You see, what happened was Brian France opened his mouth and spoke – the ramifications of which are further proof that the world has gone totally insane. That’s right, insane. It’s to the point that I would …

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Fanning the Flames: Buyouts & Points Swaps a Greasy Affair for NASCAR

The end of the NASCAR offseason always seems to bring an unexpected surprise… and this year was no exception. Just when you thought the driver/car owner dance was over, up jumps Robby Gordon like one of the girls in Grease sitting along the edge of the gym, waiting for some guy in an ill-fitting suit, …

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Mirror Driving: Was Robby Gordon Saved? Is the Bud Shootout Unfair? & A Testing Wrap-Up – Who Cared?

Will the Robby Gordon/GEM technical alliance be a lifeline for Gordon’s single-car team, or is there no place Foran independent owner/driver in today’s NASCAR?

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: 2008 Preseason Top 15

Editor’s Note: In our ongoing quest to make our site bigger and better, Frontstretch is proud to expand our power rankings to a full website feature. We do our rankings similar to the Associated Press for basketball and football… each staff member that votes ranks the drivers on a 20-19-18-17-16-15-14… 3-2-1 basis, with the first-place …

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Thompson in Turn 5: NASCAR Rule Changes & Missed Opportunities

If NASCAR’s offseason rule changes are any indication – in addition to Brian France’s preseason quotes – it appears that the sanctioning body is satisfied with how they are currently operating the Sprint Cup Series. But was that the right stance to take? There were no dramatic changes in the point system for the Championship …

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