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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Subway Fresh Fit 600 at Phoenix

The duel in the desert Saturday night came packaged with a sudden late-night plot twist that led to a green-white-checkered finish for the ages. When the smoke cleared, it was a shocking winner (Ryan Newman) whose 77-race losing streak came to an end while allowing the frustration from other victory droughts (Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon) …

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Happy Hour: Jimmie Johnson is Not Unbeatable

Recently I was talking with my father, whom NASCAR lost as a fan at the end of 2006, or at the beginning of the No. 48 team’s four-year-and-counting championship reign, take your pick. He is aware, only because his son covers the sport, that Jimmie Johnson has won four straight titles. During the discussion of …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 Up & Coming NASCAR Stars

The second off week of the season gives us a chance to take a step back, get a little creative, and play the role of “talent scout” for the power rankings this week. This time, our experts were asked to look into their crystal ball, ranking the top-20 prospects coming up the ranks that could …

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Happy Hour: How Important is the Crew Chief? With Matt Kenseth, Not Very

Recently in a Mirror Driving column there was debate about why Jimmie Johnson doesn’t seem to be getting recognition as one of the all-time greats in the sport. Several answers were offered, from the format in which his championships were earned, to his first class equipment, to his apparent lack of sufficient road rage. And …

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Mirror Driving: Gordon’s Wasted Win, Real Rivalries & Hornaday vs. Sauter

Martinsville gave us one of the wilder finishes in recent memory, with Denny Hamlin charging from ninth to first after a bad call to pit for fresh tires. But with so many drivers that had a shot at it, which one should be cursing themselves over the “one that got away?”

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville

Fans had to wait an extra day for one of the most exciting finishes in awhile, but it was definitely worth it. Denny Hamlin was once again victorious in his home state, good enough to move him back into the Power Rankings just before he goes under the knife for a torn ACL. Back in …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Food City 500 at Bristol

Surprise, surprise. After Jimmie Johnson scored his first ever win at Bristol Motor Speedway, you can guess where he ended up in our Power Rankings this week. With three wins in five races and seven in the last 14, people may be getting sick of seeing the same driver in victory lane – but bad …

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