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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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Fanning the Flames: There Were Start & Parkers in 1992? Blasphemy!

Some random thoughts that came to me while cleaning the throttle body on my ’05 Colorado this week … it’s funny where your mind goes at times like these.

* Let’s not dwell on the Junior / Lance McGrew radio discussion from Bristol too much. Driver emotions always run higher there, and I’d be cussin’ somebody, too, if I made a mistake that dropped me from fifth to 25th.

* The No. 48 team won all three practice sessions last weekend. Remember the last time that happened? If memory serves, it was at Charlotte during the Chase last season, and the result on race day was the same. Lesson: If you read on Jayski that Jimmie’s won all three sessions on Friday and Saturday, call “your guy” and let the cabbage fly.

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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Fanning the Flames: Cleaning Out the Inbox & Bracing for Bristol

With March comes Madness, short track season, and spring cleaning – all of which kick off this week. And for me, the spring cleaning comes in the form of a few unanswered emails that have been rattling around my inbox from before Carl and Kes bogart’d all column space here on Thursdays. Should be plenty …

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Fanning the Flames: Edwards, Keselowski & the Fan Fallout

I’m guessing you all know what you’re in for by reading Fanning the Flames this week. Yes, it’s all Carl, all day. So if you’re tired of the coverage, I’m giving you permission to hop on over to McLaughlin’s or Vito’s piece now. Go ahead. I won’t be mad. OK, now that I’ve committed writer’s …

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

The No. 2 car of Kurt Busch managed to win a race, but it was two other stories that stole the show this weekend at Atlanta. Carl Edwards made payback on superspeedways an acceptable behavior, while Goodyear once again brought a tire to the track that failed to perform as expected for nearly one-third of …

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Fanning the Flames: Letarte’s Strategy Flaw, What’s Stuck in Kahne’s Craw & Danica’s Last Hurrah

Something a co-worker and I found after wandering 17 degrees and 25 minutes off target in the dangerous and productivity-killing miracle that is YouTube. Enjoy. The sad thing is, I remembered every word to the song. Sad, yet awesome. Q: Two tires or four is like a charge or a blocking call in basketball. It’s …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Shelby American at Las Vegas

A weekend in Las Vegas turned out lucky for Jimmie Johnson, who took a four-tire gamble on the last pit stop and rode it to victory number two in as many weeks. Just like that, second-place Kevin Harvick saw the race slip away – along with his hold on the top spot in our Power …

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