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Fanning the Flames: Schedule, Driver & Sponsor Changes Aplenty Coming in 2011

The 2011 schedule was released yesterday afternoon. Unfortunately, there were no surprises, and if you’ve read this column the last week or two, you know how I feel about that. So without dragging us back down that dark alley, I’ll just post it so you can copy and paste it to your desktops or something… …

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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.

Fanning the Flames: From “Impactful Changes” to Missed Opportunity for NASCAR

Color my naïve. Or call me a glutton for punishment. I had fooled myself into believing the “impactful changes” Brian France trumpeted concerning the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule at Indianapolis Motor Speedway would right some scheduling wrongs. I believed NASCAR realized it had a golden opportunity at its fingertips to freshen up and inject …

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Report: Paul Menard to 4th Richard Childress Racing Team in 2011

Frontstretch‘s Matt Taliaferro is reporting he’s learned Paul Menard has agreed in principle to move to Richard Childress Racing for 2011. Sponsorship would continue to come from his father’s company, Menards, with a car number and crew chief to be announced. No word on an official announcement yet from either side, but the team would …

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Fanning the Flames: Sorting Through the Myriad of NASCAR’s Midsummer Issues

A Truck Series race in Nashville this weekend! Yes, I’ve decided to shelve my beef with the Superspeedway concerning the overpricing issue and am taking my wife to her first NASCAR event on Saturday. I guess it boils down to being willing to pay $35 a pop to see the Trucks instead of the Nationwide cars. …

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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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Fanning the Flames: NASCAR’s Methods From Yesteryear Don’t Work in Today’s Environment

I swore I wouldn’t get fining-mad over this, and honestly I haven’t (actually, as time has gone on, it’s become comforting in a weird way), but I can’t understand how a sportscaster on the local news — the local news in cradle of the South, by gawd in Nashville, Tennessee — struggles with delivering a …

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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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Fanning the Flames: Fan Reaction to Carl vs. Brad Round II, Including Penalties

NASCAR drew the proverbial line in the sand yesterday that separates “boys being boys” from “boys behaving badly.” Its Wednesday afternoon ruling brought a head to four days of speculation, commentary and outcry from a fanbase and a racing media that increasingly seems to tell NASCAR that it doesn’t like what it sees, and will …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: The 2011 Potential Hall of Fame Class

With the Cup Series off this weekend, the pollsters took a look at the recently announced list of nominees for the 2011 Hall of Fame induction class. The mix of names covers all aspects of NASCAR – drivers in various series, crew chiefs, car owners and promoters. Some were there when the first green flag …

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Fanning the Flames: Chase Tweaks, Junior’s CC & Revisiting Mikey’s Tweets

I hope you’re enjoying the off-week before the off-weekend (which precedes the off-week after the off-weekend). Plenty of diverse topics this week, so let’s not waste time. And I realized I don’t mention it enough, so let me take a moment to say thanks for the dialogue — this column wouldn’t exist without it, and …

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