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Doug Turnbull

Quality Racing at Auto Club Speedway May Not Be Such a Good Thing

The Daytona 500 has often been a hard race to follow for Auto Club Speedway since assuming the Sprint Cup tour’s second race date of the season in 2005. Extended green flag runs on the track’s flat, lengthy surface caused race leaders to push their leads to unexciting amounts and …

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Still Many Reasons to Have a “Hole” Lot of Enthusiasm For ’10

Yes, yes – the red flags were unbearable. The time pressed on and on during the first one, roughly an hour-and-a-half longer than NASCAR predicted the repairs to the wounded pavement in turn 2 would take. Two approximately 20-lap green-flag runs blanketed a single caution before officials, likely seeing red …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2010 Budweiser Shootout at Daytona Edition

This year’s Bud Shootout might just be a 75-lap exhibition race, but it did illustrate a number of things to understand for what’s ahead this season in Sprint Cup. One thing is for sure: NASCAR is going to do all they can to let the drivers police themselves out on …

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Restrictor-Plate Demons Hamper Martin, Hamlin’s Title Hopes

Jimmie Johnson has Bristol and the road courses; Jeff Gordon has Texas. Nearly every driver has a track or a type of track on their list of weaknesses – one where they can never seem to turn the perfect lap around. It’s a place that becomes a Bermuda Triangle for …

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Who’ll Win It? NASCAR 2010 Season Predictions

2010 is supposed to start a new era for NASCAR – but Jimmie Johnson may have something to say before we’re all said and done. No amount of “Let Boys Be Boys” rhetoric keeps Johnson from being the overwhelming favorite for a fifth title with both fans and the media. …

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2010 Season Preview: Can Better Rules Mean Better Racing?

Today's Season Preview Topic: The new spoiler rules are the start of what could be several changes to make the Car of Tomorrow handle better on the racetrack. But with the controversial Chase system still in place, will better handling necessarily lead to better racing?

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