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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 CARFAX 400 at Michigan

At the center of it all is Jack Roush, who put three cars inside the top five at Michigan; was that enough for all of them to make moves toward the top of the Power Rankings? And while Kurt Busch done blowed up, was that lack of horsepower enough to send him tumbling out of the poll? This week’s NASCAR Power Rankings reveals all the movers and shakers after the year’s final trip to the Irish Hills.

Happy Hour: NASCAR’s “Epic” 12th-Place Battle? Sorry, Ain’t Feelin’ It

As I write this, NASCAR.com’s main article showcases large photos of the soulful faces of Mark Martin and Clint Bowyer as the headline grabs us with the words “RUMBLE FOR 12TH.” They even provide links to Martin’s and Bowyer’s driver pages and store pages, just in case the prospect of Bowyer making the Chase makes …

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Happy Hour: NASCAR Vindicated on Car of Tomorrow, Somewhat

To fully appreciate Elliott Sadler’s assertion that his crash at Pocono was the hardest hit he’d ever had in a NASCAR racecar, consider his terrifying end-over-end crash at Talladega in 2003. Maybe impact-wise it wasn’t as rough, but this guy has been through some frightening stuff. Even what we could see of Sadler’s wreck at …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono

The 24 Hours… err, 500 miles of Pocono not only tested the mettle of all 43 teams Sunday, but it tested the metal of the Car of Tomorrow when Elliott Sadler pounded the inside wall, leaving his engine laying in the middle of the track and his life hanging in the balance. Luckily, the likable …

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Happy Hour: Some Ad Campaigns NASCAR Could Be Running

Recently I witnessed an ad for the upcoming race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Maybe you’ve seen it. It’s a typical spot run on television by speedways, with drivers feuding, a shot of Jimmie Johnson, etc. But at the end, there was this grabber: “And now you CAN get tickets to Bristol!” Why is a racetrack …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Brickyard 400

The Brickyard 400 started out like a historic nightmare on repeat, on the verge of a second debacle in three years – only this time, the culprit was going to be poorly manicured grass. But Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing had no such issues, avoiding overheating from the “lawn” as the race settled in while Juan Pablo Montoya …

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Happy Hour: Why Race At Indy? Because It’s Something Different

I’ve read more than a few articles this week that grudgingly suggest that NASCAR shouldn’t be racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The main gist for most of these articles is that the racing there simply hasn’t been that good, and that stock cars aren’t built to race on a large and flat track.

All valid points, I suppose. I don’t dispute that we haven’t seen the best racing NASCAR has to offer at the Brickyard. And we have seen some of the worst, like the 2008 classic. I don’t even argue that NASCAR racing at Indianapolis is more based on hype than about a venue that produces great racing.

Mirror Driving: Racing’s Version of the Triple Crown, Matt Kenseth’s Collapse & More

Chip Ganassi is going for a triple crown of sorts as a car owner. He’s already won the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500 this season… does he have a chance at the Brickyard 400, as well?

Happy Hour: Nice Guys Don’t Finish 1st Too Often

When Leo Durocher said “nice guys finish last,” his point wasn’t that a competitor needs to trample on his opponents to win. What he was saying was that no one hates a loser. It’s amusing to watch the tributes to George Steinbrenner from a sports media that absolutely despised the man while he was alive. …

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