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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 Pepsi 500 at Fontana

After scoring another victory at his home track, Jimmie Johnson put a major stranglehold on the top spot in the poll following Chase race number four at California. Behind him, the keyword appears to be “stability” as a Sunday snoozer led to minimal movement amongst our Power Rankings. But while our experts have labeled Johnson …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Pepsi 500 at Fontana Edition

As Yogi Berra once said: “It’s déjà vu all over again.” Another fall race in Fontana is complete, and for the third straight year another victory (and in this case, the point lead along with it) went to Jimmie Johnson, Chad Knaus, and company. Any fan who has followed NASCAR even remotely over the past …

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 Pepsi 500 at Fontana

Each week, we’ll go through media reports, interviews, PR and all of 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 car owners themselves. This week, here’s a peek at what they all were thinking following the Pepsi 500 at Auto Club Speedway.

Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Copart 300 at Fontana

Just as expected, the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas stole the show on Saturday, though not as they normally do. While Joey Logano scored an impressive comeback victory, rallying from early-race contact with Greg Biffle to hold off Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards after Edwards spun his tires on a late-race restart, it was the No. …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 Price Chopper 400 at Kansas

Racing in the heartland saw Tony Stewart regain his winning form once more, capturing the Price Chopper 400 for his fourth career trip to victory lane as driver/owner. But a victory does not necessarily mean a trip back to the top of the Power Rankings; in fact, with nine Chasers finishing in the top 10, …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas

After Steve Wallace and Kyle Busch tangled on pit road last season following the spring race at Richmond, Wallace was soon after seen sporting a t-shirt that depicted him grabbing the M&M’s driver by the horns. It was a reference to the incident where Wallace grabbed the face of Busch’s helmet. Well, he must have …

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Kenny Wallace Driver Diary: Making It Better On Track & the Time of Our Lives Off Track

Well, Atlanta marked one of the first races without my crew chief, Chris Rice. I went down there with an open mind and ready to go. We had a lot of problems. The car was bottoming out really badly. The car was hitting the left-side jack post, hitting the cross-member. We never did get going. …

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For JC Stout, Start-and-Park is Seat Time

2009 saw JC Stout, a part-time Truck Series competitor, take his own Stellar-Quest Racing operation to the Nationwide ranks. And, as Frontstretch‘s own Mike Neff chronicled at Charlotte, the team got off to a surprisingly good start at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Competing against one of the deepest fields the Nationwide Series has seen this season …

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