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Mirror Driving: Empty Seats, Empty Punishments & Learning From Jeremy Mayfield

Welcome to Mirror Driving. Every week, your favorite columnists sit down and give their opinion about the latest NASCAR news, rumors, and controversy. Love us or hate us, make a comment below and tell us how you feel about what we’ve said!

Mirror Driving: Gibbs vs. Hendrick, Spicy Sponsor Deals & Hall Not Hauling $$

While Denny Hamlin is on fire after winning at Darlington for his third win this year (and taking the first weekend sweep at the Lady in Black in 17 years), reigning champion Jimmie Johnson has posted two DNFs in the last three races. Have the tables finally turned?

Mirror Driving: “Taming” Richmond, Debris Disaster & Kyle’s Truck Future

The Richmond race is often one of NASCAR’s most competitive. Instead, its 12 lead changes were the fewest we’ve had all season. Cause for concern, or still a great race – just without enough passes for the lead?

Mirror Driving: Best Race Ever?, Finicky Felix & Doubleheader Dangers

The Aaron’s 499 featured a record 88 lead changes and three green-white-checkered attempts. Did that make it one of the best races ever, or was it just more of the same at a restrictor-plate track?

Mirror Driving: Jumping the Gun on Restarts, Race Length & Hamlin’s Knee

Phoenix added 100 kilometers to its race on Saturday night. Did the extra laps give fans more bang for their buck, or was lengthening the race a mistake – one that could even cost them a second date with NASCAR’s restructuring?

Mirror Driving: Jimmie the “Great?” Earnhardt the Enraged & Spoilers

After his driver Jimmie Johnson won his 50th race in 296 starts, car owner Rick Hendrick wondered why Johnson is not being mentioned among the sport’s all-time greats. Why isn’t he? And at what point in a driver’s career is such talk appropriate?

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