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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Kobalt Tools 500 at Phoenix

The penultimate round of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season is now complete. Denny Hamlin dominated the Phoenix event, but a long green-flag run at the end combined with poor fuel mileage for the No. 11 Toyota conspired to relegate Hamlin to a 12th-place finish. Carl Edwards, on the other hand, was able to squeeze out …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 AAA Texas 500

Texas Motor Speedway became Denny Hamlin’s personal playground on Sunday, when he unseated Jimmie Johnson from the top spot in the standings for the first time this late in the season since 2005. Johnson was plagued with pit road issues, which led to the No. 24 team moving over to pit him – a move …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 AMP Energy Juice 500 at Talladega

It may have been the curse of the ancient Indian burial ground popping up once again on Sunday, as Talladega saw some crazy twists and turns that led to a rather unpredictable ending. Clint Bowyer had his nose in front at just the right time while AJ Allmendinger was busy going upside down, winning the …

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Fanning the Flames: Is There Any “Right” Strategy for the Big 3 at Talladega?

Something to think about while the boys are running single file for the first 150 laps on Sunday: had Jamie McMurray made the Chase, he’d be sitting 112 points behind Jimmie Johnson in the standings with a good look at another win coming up. Yeah, I know: Shoulda, woulda, coulda… but it lends credence to, …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville

Sunday’s racing at the small, half-mile paperclip in Martinsville was truly spectacular, reminding us why it’s the only racetrack remaining on NASCAR’s schedule every year since the sport’s inaugural season of 1949. Polesitter Denny Hamlin was certainly not the best car all day, but he was the best when it counted, mounting an impressive comeback …

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Fanning the Flames: Richmond Reaction, Fantasy Talk & a Junior Fan’s Last Stand

As writers, we strive to accurately report, comment and entertain. It’s often our job to take what the sports’ drivers, officials and the like say, then apply it to a relevant piece that informs. I find that listening to differing opinions of those within the sport — those affected by a rule change, penalty, etc. …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Air Guard 400 at Richmond

The anti-climactic final moments of the Race to the Chase left a feeling in NASCAR fans’ mouths like they’d kissed their sister Saturday night. There wasn’t any of the built-up excitement that was promised from all the ESPN hype, and the oft-rumored, rarely intense battle for 12th place never materialized.

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