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The Cool-Down Lap: Time for Tony Stewart & No. 14 Team to Step Up Their Game

One elephant in the Sprint Cup garage these days is not pudgy Tony Stewart himself, but instead the ill performance of his No. 14 race team. The Office Depot/Old Spice Chevrolet has been little better than scrap metal at the track the past several weeks, struggling to stay on the lead lap, much less score …

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The Cool-Down Lap: RIR & ‘Dega Polar Opposites, But Different Styles Still Equal Great Races

Critics of last week’s angry race car mob at Talladega took issue with the fact that almost every entry had a shot at the lead and the win. They labeled the event as contrived, pro wrestling-like entertainment where restrictor plates, not racing, kept everyone within an arm’s length. Three green-white-checkered finishes and numerous wrecks in …

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James Buescher Says Phoenix Racing Will Run Rest of 2010 season

James Buescher is not worried about his future with the No. 1 Phoenix Racing Nationwide Series team. FOX Sports broke news last week that James Finch’s Phoenix Racing team, a longtime NASCAR fixture, is up for sale. The 20-year-old Buescher tells Frontstretch that this news has no effect on the team’s operations this season. “I …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Reed Sorenson’s Recent Resurgence Could Lead to Cup

2010 is a revitalizing step back for Reed Sorenson. After struggling through and eventually losing his Sprint Cup Series ride at Richard Petty Motorsports last year, Sorenson ran the Nationwide Series with Braun Racing on the side, collecting two top-five and five top-10 finishes in just eight starts. That performance, capped by a third in …

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The Cool-Down Lap: 88 is the Magic Number in Talladega… & Junior Didn’t Even Win

We didn’t know it, but sunny skies Sunday morning were an omen of things to come. For as the fog and clouds burned off at Talladega Superspeedway, shadows of doubt about the Aaron’s 499 lurked. Would the return of the spoiler to a plate race, bigger holes in the restrictor plates, and NASCAR’s “Have At …

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The Cool-Down Lap: Richard Petty Should Step Away From NASCAR & Protect His Legacy

Richard Petty is the most accomplished NASCAR driver of all-time and one of the most decorated, celebrated legends in all of motorsports history. His 200 career Cup victories and 27 wins in 1967 will never be matched and his seven championships have only been equaled by Dale Earnhardt. Petty’s squeaky clean, fan friendly, Christian persona …

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The Cool-Down Lap: Will Jimmie Johnson’s Main Rival Please Stand Up? ‘Cause I Don’t See One

Four-time defending champ Jimmie Johnson did not win in the desert Saturday night in Phoenix, but the No. 48 seemed poised to do so for much of the race. Johnson hung in the top 10 in the early laps, then dominated the Subway Fresh Fit 600’s middle portion before relinquishing the lead to Kyle Busch. …

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