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The Yellow Stripe: Lewis Hamilton, 50 Up for the CoT, Banquet Seats, 35th Place & It’s All About the Trophy

In the last couple of years, Formula 1 races have acquired a not necessarily undeserved reputation for being little more than two hour-plus processionals; a battle between the haves and the have-nots – the technological and financial titans who win with monotonous regularity and the smaller, upstart manufacturers with no hopes of winning whatsoever. But …

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The Yellow Stripe: Did the NASCAR Genie Pull Through in 2008?

This is my 50th column for Frontstretch, and with just three races to go in 2008 I’m fast approaching the end of my rookie year as a NASCAR columnist. I’m not sure the esteemed editors are quite ready to pull the Yellow Stripe off my back bumper (traditionally, the sign that denotes a first-year driver) but …

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The Yellow Stripe: It’s Jimmie Johnson’s World – We’re All Just Living In It

It’s as good as done, folks. Park the haulers, turn off the seven-post shaker rigs, put away the tools and send the shop guys home for some well-deserved R&R. It’s over. O.V.E.R. See you in Daytona. Jimmie Johnson’s gonna three-peat, becoming just the second driver in NASCAR history to do so (joining the immortal Cale …

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The Yellow Stripe: Sizing Up the Standings, What’s Left to Decide in 2008 for NASCAR’s Top-3 Series

And then there were five. There are just 33 days left (and 14 races across all three series) in the 2008 NASCAR season, and we’re getting inexorably closer to the time of year the prizes are handed out. So, with a little over a month left in the season, let’s take a look at where …

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The Yellow Stripe: The Power of 3 – Why Kansas, Talladega & Lowe’s Can Make or Break the Chase

The Chase for the Sprint Cup is a strange and unpredictable beast. Who, for example, had their money on Greg Biffle winning the first two races of the 10-race playoff? Perhaps family members or best friends may have had some action on the Biff, but I can’t believe there were many (er, any) others. And …

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The Yellow Stripe: A NASCAR Chase Dream Broken – Who Just Missed, Who Just Didn’t Make It & Who Busted Up Trying

It’s postseason time in NASCAR, and despite it being the only points-paying system I’ve ever known, I still find it weird to hear the announcers, commentators, and analysts throwing around words like “postseason,” “playoff berths” and “wildcards.” That’s football or baseball terminology – even to this Brit. But here we are, I suppose, and regardless …

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The Yellow Stripe: Grading NASCAR’s Pack Two-Thirds of the Way Through 2008

66 drivers have started their engines at the NASCAR Sprint Cup level this season. From the high banks of Daytona to the high banks of Thunder Valley the Sprint Cup season has been in part thrilling, part farcical but for the most part, despite all the flaws (yes, even the really obvious ones), still utterly …

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The Yellow Stripe: Why I Don’t Hate NASCAR’s Chase – & You Shouldn’t, Either

Soccer’s English Premier League (EPL) runs from mid-August to mid-May. It’s a relentless 38-game, nine month slog with the 20 best teams in the land, in a country that lives, eats, sleeps, and breathes the beautiful game. Each team plays each other once at home and once on the road, with three points earned for …

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