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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 AAA 400 at Dover

The Monster Mile had no mercy for our poll this week, with its slick track and tough tire compound leading to poor finishes for several drivers on last week’s list. But other’s pain was Jimmie Johnson, Mark Martin and Juan Pablo Montoya‘s gain, each of whom put together their second straight top-five finish in the Chase …

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The Yellow Stripe: Earnhardt, Kyle Busch Among 10 Drivers Who Can’t Wait for ’10

The setting of the Chase field post-Richmond marks a clear delineation in the season between the haves and the have nots. And judging by the fevered TV coverage of the top-12 drivers, you’d have been forgiven if you wondered if the other 31 were even competing. But as a long list of DNFs and poor-handling …

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Fantasy Insider: In the Clutches of the Monster (Trophy)

From magic to monsters, this week the Sprint Cup Series heads to Dover to tackle another 1-mile oval that, while the same length as NHMS, bears no resemblance to the flat-track of Loudon. Fast, high-banked and treacherously confined, Dover truly is a Monster Mile, be it its ultra-tight pit road or its boiler-plate steel retaining …

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Full Throttle: Phillip Morris Wins Again With a Little Different Style

The Whelen All-American Series national championship was settled a little differently this season. Phillip Morris came into the last race with a comfortable lead this year, and a second-place finish was enough to wrap up the title for him. Last year, and in 2006, when Morris won his two previous titles, he had to win …

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Fan’s View: That Couldn’t Have Been Team Orders, Could It?

During the closing laps of the Camping World 200, one thing was clear: Kevin Harvick and Ron Hornaday were not too happy with each other. Well, yes, they had been trading paint for the last 50 laps; that alone could explain the rubbin’ and bumpin’ during caution laps, especially for these two committed competitors. But …

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Voices from the Heartland: What If The Emphasis Really WAS On Winning?

As we all know, the whole Chase was brought to us in 2004 as a result of a few key factors – chief among them the simplistic greed of Brian France. France wanted to go head-to-head with the NFL during the fall months of the season. This grand illusion, I’m sure, was hatched long before …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond

The final weekend in the race for the Chase saw plenty of playoff-worthy drivers put their best foot forward at Richmond. Brian Vickers slipped in, Kyle Busch fell just short… and there were a slew of others in between who made it clear they’ll spend this fall fighting for a season championship. The shuffling of …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Chase Elimination Edition

Maybe Kyle Busch smashing that Sam Bass-crafted guitar earlier this year was bad luck after all. Saturday night’s Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway proved to play a different tune than Busch’s preference, though the racing Gods left enough light at the end of the tunnel for the No. 18 team to …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond

All day at Richmond, through coverage of practice and qualifying, the hype was all over Kevin Harvick‘s No. 33 car and how he finally had the horses to run with Kyle Busch. There was also plenty of press regarding the charity competition within Joe Gibbs Racing between Busch and Denny Hamlin. Meanwhile, Carl Edwards only …

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