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Fanning the Flames: Little Rock, Chase Hopes, Ford’s New Engine And A Crack-Back

*My buddies are saying that Jeff Gordon will never win a championship again and that he is at his end. What many people fail to realize [is] that if it wasn't for the Chase, J.G. would have two more Cups. With only one restrictor plate race and no road races and no Martinsville, is there any other driver that has the least to benefit by the Chase [format]?* _— Joe_ *A:* I think what you’re asking me, Joe, is what Chase-likely drivers are most handicapped by the current makeup of Chase tracks. In Jeff Gordon’s case, he has traditionally performed well on the road courses, plate tracks, and short tracks.

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Frontstretch Fantasy Insider: Five Bars For Fantasy Teams In Fort Worth

_Everything’s bigger in Texas, and the Texas Motor Speedway certainly is considerably larger than the short tracks the Cup circuit has tackled the last few weeks. With the return to an intermediate oval, the speeds go up and the margin for error in race set-ups goes down, but with the help of Frontstretch’s Fantasy Insiders, you’ll be firing the six-shooters in your fantasy leagues come Sunday._ *By the Numbers* _Best Finish at Texas Motor Speedway (since 2005, active drivers)_ Matt Kenseth, 7.1 Jimmie Johnson, 9.6 Denny Hamlin, 11.6 Kevin Harvick, 11.8 Clint Bowyer, 12.2

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Did You Notice? What Jimmie Johnson’s Hiding, Why Patience For NASCAR Owners Pays Off, And Driver Depression

*Did You Notice?* … How patience seems to still pay off in the long run? So often these days, Cup teams let their drivers go without giving them a full chance to develop. Between impatience amongst sponsors coupled with the pressure of media expectations, it’s pretty hard to leave a guy in a ride for two, maybe even three years. But perhaps A.J. Allmendinger will become the classic case for promoting long-term growth over pulling the trigger too quickly. They released the former open-wheel star over at Team Red Bull after just a season and a half in the Cup Series (and limited time in stock cars prior to that). Even though the ‘Dinger had begun to turn things around last summer – scoring two top 10s and seven top 20s over a three-month period – it just wasn’t enough for the powers that be to offer him a long-term deal.

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Alan Kulwicki: Running Down A Dream

Though it was not all that long ago in the grand scheme of things, the Winston Cup circuit was very different back in the late '70s and early '80s. Back then, almost all the star drivers were still Southern-born and bred, most of them having started their careers racing late models on one of those storied old bullrings south of the Mason-Dixon line. A driver who showed promise might hope one day to land a ride with one of the "Good ol' boy" teams, like Junior Johnson's, Bud Moore's, or Richard Childress's. Certainly, if that driver ever expected to have a chance at running for the championship, it was thought he needed to land a ride with an established team. Then along came Alan Kulwicki. Not only was he born way north of the heart of Dixie in Greenfield, Wisconsin, his plan -- to start his own team and be an owner/driver -- was almost unheard of in that day. But Alan Kulwicki never did follow the beaten path. He blazed his own.

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Mirror Driving: Killing The Competition Caution?, Brainstorming New Sponsors, And Jimmie Johnson vs. Denny Hamlin… NOT!

*After Sunday's race, many people were looking for rivalry or animosity between Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson -- but didn't get any. Are people making something out of nothing, or should there have been more emotion out of the drivers?* Bryan: It would have been nice to see some kind of excitement from the drivers after that great of a race. Beth: I disagree. It was Martinsville, and both drivers were beating and banging. I don't really see where there should be a rivalry. Jeff: The emotion was fine. If Denny could have got back to him, though, you would have seen him move Jimmie for sure.

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Frontstretch Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville

Frontstretch Power Rankings
The oldest track on the circuit showed us Sunday it still offers some of the best racing in NASCAR. Chewing up and spitting out both veterans and rookies alike, the tricky .526-mile oval at Martinsville did its part to jumble up the power rankings for our Frontstretch experts. With their bumping and banging for the lead on Sunday, Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson were able to make big gains up the power rankings ladder. But were they enough to push Jeff Gordon off the top spot? Meanwhile, Matt Kenseth and Jeff Burton were among those who took it on the chin at this short track. Read on to see how far they slid -- and which new drivers drove their way up the list -- in this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Top 15.

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Full Throttle – The Greatest to Never Win Indy Has Gone to a Higher Victory Lane

There have been many hard luck stories from the Indianapolis 500 over the years, but the face of those hard luck stories was very frequently Lloyd Ruby back in the day. Michael Andretti and his father Mario were notorious for hard luck at Indy, although Mario did take the checkered …

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NASCAR News for Wednesday, April 1, 2009

McMurray’s Assets Frozen The Dallas Morning News reported on Monday that Jamie McMurray, driver of the No. 26 Crown Royal Ford, is currently locked in a battle to have his investment assets unfrozen. McMurray’s accounts were frozen as they were set up through the Stanford Financial Group, currently under investigation …

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