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2010 Season Preview: Is Lance McGrew the Answer for Earnhardt?

Today’s Season Preview Topic: Dale Earnhardt Jr. is coming off the worst year of his career, but kept Lance McGrew as his crew chief. Was that the right move, and was McGrew’s bold prediction of making the Chase the right thing for a man whose struggled with confidence since moving over to Hendrick?

2010 Season Preview: Can NASCAR Really “Loosen Up?”

Today’s Season Preview Topic: During the preseason media tour, NASCAR officials went out of their way to claim they’ll “loosen up” during the upcoming season, allowing drivers to be themselves. But will people actually showing their personalities make a dent in declining ratings and fan attendance? And will sponsors actually allow their drivers to follow those rules?

2010 Season Preview: Enforcing the 4-Team Rule?

Today’s Season Preview Topic: 2010 marks the beginning of the four-team rule… but is there really a rule to follow? With another year of owner consolidation, NASCAR enters the season with at least 14 teams receiving chassis and engine support from just two people: Jack Roush and Rick Hendrick. Is that healthy for the sport, and if not, is there a way to stop these partnerships from happening?

5 Points to Ponder: 2009 Ford 400 at Homestead Edition

You can’t fault Jimmie Johnson for dominating the sport in its current points format, but nonetheless the fact that he has won four consecutive titles in the “Chase era” has allowed critics to dispel his accomplishment and put it behind Cale Yarborough’s three consecutive titles between 1976 and 1978 and possibly even Dale Earnhardt’s four in five years in the early ‘90s.

5 Points to Ponder: 2009 Checker Auto Parts 500 Edition

Has anybody else noticed that Richard Petty Motorsports’ decision to put AJ Allmendinger in a Ford for the remainder of the season has lit a fire under both the team and driver? A 10th-place finish last week at Texas and subsequent 13th this weekend is the best two-race average of the season for the No. 44 team.

5 Points to Ponder: 2009 AMP Energy 500 at Talladega Edition

By virtue of flawless strategy once again, Johnson laid back for 95% of the race, came in to top off on fuel and then avoided the Big One he had been fearing to finish in the top 10 and better than his closest Chase competitors. With a now 184-point lead, it’s time to start etching Johnson’s name on the Sprint Cup for the fourth consecutive season.

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