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Mirror Driving : A NASCAR Spending Cap? Fixing Qualifying, And Saving The Truck Series

*Following a dominant performance on Sunday, can anyone catch Jimmie Johnson for the championship? And if so, which team will do it?* Matt T.: Nope. Jimmie is the smoothest driver and Chad is the smartest crew chief. They won't give this thing away. Doug: Just like with Jeff Gordon and Evernham, J.J. and Chad have that "magic.” They shine when the light shines on them. Vito: Unless someone slips them one of Kyle Busch's engines or Dale Jr.'s tires, this thing is over. Even then, if Johnson does pop a motor — or a tire — Burton, Biffle, and Edwards have to be on their game and virtually perfect from here on out. And none of them has shown that they or their crews can do that.

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Frontstretch Sprint Cup Power Rankings : Top 15 After Martinsville

Frontstretch Power Rankings
The oldest track on the circuit had its usual beating and banging this weekend; but when the smoke from Martinsville cleared, there was one warrior who stood head and shoulders above everyone else. As a result, the Chase picture appears more focused than ever, as Jimmie Johnson’s dominant performance has most everyone believing he’s got the title all but sewn up. There are several others still with a chance to win it all, but it's going to take some trouble out of the No. 48 team in order to make their dreams come true. If you're still doubting Johnson's championship future, well, let's put it this way: our writers are convinced. Johnson pulled off the sweep this week in the Power Rankings, garnering all 10 first place votes. But what about the big shifts behind him? Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Jeff Burton, and Tony Stewart are just some of the Chasers who had major jumps up and down the ladder this week. Check our rankings to see if your driver kept the short track fenders on or finished without his hood in this week’s Top 15.

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Message Board Promo 10/20

Still haven’t joined the Frontstretch Forums? Here’s a peek at what you’re missing this week: “Should NASCAR think about qualifying on Saturday in the event of a rainout on Friday?”:https://frontstretch.com/board/index.php/topic,2909.0.html “Did you know Cale Yarborough almost played college football instead of racing?”:https://frontstretch.com/board/index.php/topic,2911.0.html “Will qualifying be rained out again this week?”:https://frontstretch.com/board/index.php/topic,2910.0.html …

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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 Yarborough, who won back-to-back-to-back titles (1976-78) some three decades ago). All that we’re waiting for now is the corpulent lady to belt out a little number, right? Well, maybe not quite yet.

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Jimmie Johnson – Modern Day Legend? Third Consecutive Title Would Put Him In Rare Company

To hear many pundits in the media lately, the sky is falling; it is quite possibly the end of the world as foretold in the Book of Revelations or Nostradamus. There is no pulling back from the precipice, and everyone is doomed to accept the fate that becomes them. No, I am not talking about the economy or the upcoming election. I am referring to Jimmie Johnson’s third consecutive Sprint Cup championship being anything but a foregone conclusion at this point. There are few certainties in life: Death, taxes and Johnson’s performance in the last 10 races of the season. Each year, the title fight tightens over NASCAR's final two months, and each time, the No. 48 team pops up no matter how many times others try to pound on them, like some sort of possessed Whack-A-Mole.

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Talking NASCAR TV: Mistakes Mar ESPN’s Middling Martinsville Coverage

The television coverage of Chase Race Number Six at Martinsville achieved approximately the same quality level as the other five Chase races. Unfortunately, the network team in front of and behind the camera has not made much progress in correcting ongoing mistakes and heeding to repeated suggestions. At the same time, the things throughout NASCAR on ESPN broadcasts that are done well continue to show impressively to viewers, giving the show some building blocks upon which to grow. However, the negatives always seem to be remembered more boldly than the positives as the season winds down.

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Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: TUMS QuikPak 500

It was the same track, same story for Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 team, who extended their Top 10 streak at Martinsville to 13 races with a win this weekend. Not only did Johnson extend his Top 10 streak at the paper clip half-mile, but he also extended his Top 10 streak overall to eight races on the season. With Jeff Burton struggling this weekend, Johnson is now the lone driver on this week's *HOT* list. While Johnson is clearly the series' hottest driver and appears to be headed toward a third consecutive championship, a handful of drivers make the *WARM* list this week. To see if your favorite driver makes the cut, or if they need nothing more than a solid run at Atlanta, check out the latest edition of Who's Hot / Who's Not in Sprint Cup: Chase Edition.

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Running Their Mouth: TUMS QuikPak 500

_Each week, we’ll go through media reports, interviews, PR, and all our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Sprint Cup race, capturing the story of how the weekend unfolded. It’s the most original commentary you’ll ever find: the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of the drivers, crew members, and the car owners themselves. This week, here’s a sneak peek at what a select few were thinking following the TUMS QuikPak 500 at Martinsville Speedway:_ "We were one of probably two or three cars that were really strong. And we had a great pit stall and great pit stops. We were going for maximum points, and thankfully, we did that today. I'm just very proud of this race team and the composure we’ve shown over the year, and the work that’s gone on to get this Lowe’s Impala back in Victory Lane." _Jimmie Johnson_

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Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: TUMS Quik Pak 500

*The Key Moment:* Jimmie Johnson got an excellent jump on that final Green-White-Checker restart and kept Dale Earnhardt, Jr. off his rear bumper. *In a Nutshell:* Stock cars running belly to the ground, bumper-to-bumper into the fading sunlight of an autumn afternoon. It just doesn’t get any better. *Dramatic Moment:* Well, it's not the Chase, is it? Dale Earnhardt, Jr. seemed to have Johnson’s number late in the race, but a series of cautions ended his chances. *What They’ll Be Talking About Around the Water Cooler This Week* What has *Jimmie Johnson figured out about Martinsville* nobody else can pick up on? For that matter, what has the entire Hendrick organization figured out about Martinsville?

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