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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?

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Showtime Southern 500 at Darlington

The Track too Tough to Tame lived up to its reputation Saturday night, as most every car was loaded onto the trailer with at least a Darlington stripe if not significant damage. And it was our longtime Power Rankings king who may have suffered the most; Jimmie Johnson wound up singing the blues after a …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Crown Royal 400 at Richmond

Jimmie Johnson appeared doomed to end the day a lapped car before a timely piece of debris saved his night at Richmond. But even with the mystery caution, a dose of good fortune could only keep the No. 48 car in contention for so long, struggling en route to a 10th-place finish that left him …

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Happy Hour: Will Kasey Kahne Be Much Better at Hendrick? Not if Recent History is a Guide

Whenever a high profile driver changes teams, much is made of how well he will perform at his new digs. Either he will finally realize his long-stifled talent, or there’s going to be some struggles while the new team “gets back on track” with the help of his leadership in the garage. It seemed like …

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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?

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Aaron’s 499 at Talladega

The “lottery” that is Talladega these days usually shuffles the Power Rankings around like those ping-pong balls before they’re picked at random. For now, there’s one thing we know for sure when the drawing stopped: Kevin Harvick came out the big winner. He may have offended his current and future sponsor in victory lane during …

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Happy Hour: Restrictor Plates Still Restricting Racing

Last season Joe Menzer of NASCAR.com took Chase opponents to task for still bleating about a playoff system that has been in place for several years now, as if somehow a rotten idea becomes better over time. Despite having little real basis for defending NASCAR’s unpopular playoff, he took some unfriendly shots at people who …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas

Once again, Mother Nature wreaked havoc with the NASCAR schedule, causing the second rain-delayed race in three weeks. It was a nightmare scenario for many involved with the sport; but for Denny Hamlin, it’s like an unexpected bonus. For the third time in four races contested on Monday, Hamlin came home victorious, this time just …

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Happy Hour: Sponsors Call the Shots in Today’s NASCAR

In theory, sponsorship of a racecar would be beneficial for all of the entities concerned. In practice, the importance of sponsorship money can get out of control. It has become all consuming in NASCAR, and not to the sport’s benefit. Think of most of the complaints about NASCAR today and most of them can be …

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