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Turner’s Take: Cup Drivers Invading NASCAR’s Lower Series Must Stop

This is getting completely out of control. Just when you thought full-time Sprint Cup Series drivers could exert no more dominance over NASCAR’s Nationwide and Truck series, think again. Five races into the 2010 Nationwide season, we have four wins by Cup drivers. Four races into the current Truck campaign, I count three victories by …

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Turner’s Take: Hamlin Ready to Join Johnson in the Record Books?

Move over, Mr. Martinsville. You’ve got company now. After Denny Hamlin’s win in Monday’s rescheduled Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway, Jimmie Johnson no longer owns exclusive rights to the title, “Mr. Martinsville,” conferred upon him a few years ago by teammate Jeff Gordon. Instead, Johnson must share it with Hamlin. Why should you …

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Turner’s Take: Hamlin Who? Kurt Busch Steals the Limelight Instead

Everyone was wrong about Denny Hamlin. Contrary to popular preseason chatter, he’s not the guy with the best shot at ending Jimmie Johnson’s reign atop the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Instead, the first five races of 2010 have proven differently, with Hamlin failing to even post a top-10 finish to date. In his place, there’s …

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Turner’s Take: Happy Harvick’s Got Reason to Stay With RCR

For most of the 2009 season, the driver nicknamed “Happy” was as unhappy as any competitor in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage. Not anymore. Roll the tape forward to 2010, three races down, and Kevin Harvick is once again living up to the moniker he’s carried for most of his Cup career. Surprisingly, but …

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Turner’s Take: Jimmie Johnson’s Early Season Win Not What NASCAR Needs

Just when it seemed the news couldn’t get much worse for NASCAR, here comes just what the doctor didn’t order: Another Jimmie Johnson win. With all due respect to the four-time defending Cup Series champion, his victory in Sunday’s race at Auto Club Speedway wasn’t exactly the jolt that NASCAR needed as it looks to …

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Turner’s Take: Can Matt Kenseth Win Back-to-Back Daytona 500s?

The challenge that awaits Matt Kenseth on Sunday may seem a bit daunting. That’s because it really is. If the Roush Fenway Racing driver wins the Daytona 500, he’ll become just the fourth driver in the event’s 52-year history to find victory lane in consecutive seasons. The first back-to-back winner of The Great American Race …

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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. But as the season gets …

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Turner’s Take: History Proves Shootout Success Means Nothing

Winning the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway can be a nice shot in the arm for a NASCAR Sprint Cup driver and team as they prepare for the real start of the season eight days later. If nothing else, a victory in the 75-lap exhibition event builds confidence for the next weekend’s Daytona 500, …

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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?

2010 Season Preview: What Tracks Lose a Date in 2011?

Today’s Season Preview Topic: With Kansas and Kentucky widely expected to get second dates in 2011, that means some tracks are in peril of losing a date or even falling off the schedule altogether. Who should be the most concerned heading into the 2010 season, and why?

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