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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 Up & Coming NASCAR Stars

The second off week of the season gives us a chance to take a step back, get a little creative, and play the role of “talent scout” for the power rankings this week. This time, our experts were asked to look into their crystal ball, ranking the top-20 prospects coming up the ranks that could …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not: NASCAR Stars of the Past & Future

  Yesterday’s end to March Madness was the ultimate display of David vs. Goliath: the small school Butler Bulldogs versus the longtime tournament powerhouse Duke Blue Devils for a national title. But why put all your eggs in one basket, rooting for that classic “Big Brother vs. Little Guy” matchup when you can see the …

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Turner’s Take: Cup Drivers Invading NASCAR’s Lower Series Must Stop

This is getting completely out of control. Just when you thought full-time Sprint Cup Series drivers could exert no more dominance over NASCAR’s Nationwide and Truck series, think again. Five races into the 2010 Nationwide season, we have four wins by Cup drivers. Four races into the current Truck campaign, I count three victories by …

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5 Points to Ponder: Tough Crowd in Music City, NASCAR’s New Villain, More

With Carl Edwards vs. Brad Keselowski hyped in the offseason as the sequel to last season’s Cup showdown in the Nationwide Series between Edwards and eventual champion Kyle Busch, another Cup regular has come to crash the party… and he’s already done the Nationwide dance twice before.

Talking NASCAR TV: SPEED Takes a Step Back While ESPN Shines at Nashville

Hello, race fans, and welcome to another edition of the weekly TV critique. This past weekend, the Sprint Cup Series took their traditional Easter break, putting the Nationwide and Camping World Truck series in the Music City spotlight instead. However, before I start talking about the individual races, I want to address both series’ TV …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2010 Pepsi 300 at Nashville

Expect an announcement in the very near future that Kevin Harvick will be running for a third Nationwide Series crown. Why not? This Saturday in Nashville, his No. 33 was the class of a very stout field in what’s turning into a regular occurrence for 2010. And this time, everything, be it fast pit work …

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5 Reasons Justin Allgaier Can Win the 2010 Nationwide Series Championship

Not since Martin Truex Jr. held off a surging Clint Bowyer to score his second consecutive Nationwide (then Busch Series) title has a regular in the Series actually won the season-ending crown. Continuing a practice that Kevin Harvick made fashionable when he decided to run for a second Nationwide crown, and slaughtered the field doing …

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Did You Notice? Martinsville’s 2nd Swan Song?, Silly NASCAR Warnings & Roush on QVC?

  Did You Notice? Martinsville’s finish was one of the best we’ve had in the past several years, causing longtime fans to breathe a little easier about its future? I wish I could say I’m with you on that one. Certainly, if these decisions were based on racing alone Martinsville would be assured a second …

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Testing Ban Another Example of NASCAR’s Brilliance

Looking at the news from this past week, one would never know that there is a testing freeze in place in NASCAR. The Sprint Cup Series tested at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a new spoiler package. Boris Said and Roush Fenway Racing were running laps at Road America in preparation for the first ever Nationwide …

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What’s Vexing Vito: Despite Limited Numbers, Penske Dodges Return to Prominence; Notes From Charlotte Test Session Day No. 2

About the same time the 2009 NASCAR season was at its midpoint, there were questions being raised as to the viability of manufacturer involvement in the sport – particularly with regards to Chrysler. I remember sitting in the press room at Michigan last June, and every driver who came in for a briefing mentioned the …

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