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Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: A Tale of Two Cities

Geographically, Los Angeles and Las Vegas are about 270 miles apart. Yahoo Maps says the drive should take about four hours on average--unless you’re Sam Kinnison or the nice folks at Shelby Motors lend you one of those Super Snake Mustangs. In this great big country of ours, the two cities are virtual next door neighbors. Hell, it can take four hours to get from Philly to Dover on race weekends. Trust me, it’s been tested. But it was very apparent over the last two weekends that the tracks at Fontana and Las Vegas had very different levels of success in selling tickets this year. Vegas drew more fans for Saturday’s Nationwide race than Fontana managed to peddle for the all singing, all dancing Cup event the previous Sunday. Vegas sold out the Sunday show. The “crowds” for Saturday’s double-header Truck/Nationwide event at Fontana were an embarrassment to the sport. The Calaveres Fair and Frog Jumping Contest draws more spectators than wandered into Fontana for Saturday races.

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No Need For Jeff Gordon To Toot His Own Horn

Last Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, fans witnessed one of the city’s "favorite sons," Kyle Busch, charge from the (almost) rear of the field to dominate the final laps of the Shelby 427. In the process, Busch improved his ranking in the Sprint Cup driver standings 12 positions, putting himself right back into the thick of contending for the season-long title. The 23-year-old Busch now heads into next week's showdown at the super-fast Atlanta Motor Speedway 6th in points, trailing new leader Jeff Gordon by just 59. Now, neither Gordon leading the driver’s standings nor Kyle Busch winning a race are particularly Earth-shattering events.

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Frontstretch Fantasy Insider: Filling The Toolbox for Atlanta Success

After a re-energizing weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the Cup Series heads to its fastest track for a 500-miler, driving on asphalt that rivals even that of Darlington in terms of abrasiveness. Atlanta Motor Speedway is a unique intermediate circuit, one that is largely dependent on handling and a driver willing to move all over the race track. With differing characteristics than Las Vegas and Fontana, it's a quad oval quagmire that forces you to make some major changes to your 1.5-mile lineup. But players, don't despair -- Frontstretch's Fantasy Insiders are going to give you the lowdown on who to choose and who to chastise, avoiding those pesky engine woes in the process to help you rim-ride to a fantasy W this weekend.

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Gone With The Wind? Possible Future Government Involvement With Automakers Jeopordizes Racing’s Future

During his State of The Union address a couple of weeks ago, President Barack Obama asserted that despite these tough times, “America’s best days are ahead of us.” Conversely, one of my favorite bands, Shinedown, has a song whose chorus is, “starring down the barrel of a .45…” Which got …

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Did You Notice? Gray-Haired Success Stories, Some Vigor In Vegas, And… Tony And Hendrick Snuggling Up?

*Did You Notice? …* The old guard is fighting back three weeks into the NASCAR season? After years of being dominated by the era of younger, more marketable drivers, these senior citizens still remaining in the sport have put together some admirable performances under the radar these first three weeks (Mark Martin’s engine failures aside). Consider… * 66-year-old Morgan Shepherd has 19th and 13th place finishes these past two weeks, good enough to launch him into the top 20 in Nationwide Series points.

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Party Crashers In The Top 12 – Here To Stay, Or a Flash In The Pan?

The first few weeks of the 2009 Sprint Cup season have done much to fuel speculation of whether some different teams and new faces that are currently in the top 12 in points can stay there. The next few weeks will prove pivotal in determining whether teams that were once thought a lock to make The Chase can do so, or if they will continue to flail and flounder, while other opportunistic new comers – and some long dormant veterans – can make a charge to contend for races and a title in 2009.

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Mirror Driving: NASCAR’s Red Flag Fiasco, Gordon’s Great Start, And Which Small Teams Can Survive?

*NASCAR had an up and down weekend in Las Vegas. There were three red flags during the Nationwide race, but none in the Sprint Cup Series event the following day despite several late crashes. Should NASCAR have thrown the red when Paul Menard pounded the wall with 17 laps to go, or was keeping the cars under caution the right thing to do?* Kurt: It didn't make too much difference. I believe Kyle was ahead for good then, wasn't he? Although I think they may have underestimated how long it would take to clean up that wreck. Beth: NASCAR made the right call, but it was frustrating just waiting for them to clean up what should have been a small mess.

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Frontstretch Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 Shelby 427 at Las Vegas

Frontstretch Power Rankings
The Jewel in the Desert offered up some fast and furious competition on Sunday, with the Shelby 427 perhaps taking its place as the most competitive racing yet out in Las Vegas. In the end, the 1.5-mile oval took a rather unexpected toll on some motors, a more expected one on some nerves, and turned the top 15 rankings into chaos with a ton of late-race wrecks and pit strategy. Once the smoke cleared and the gambling stopped, our experts had clearly finished major surgery just three weeks into our Power Rankings season. Matt Kenseth's last-place finish was enough to catapult him from the top spot in the poll; but was Kyle Busch’s victory enough to put him number one? Or, did Jeff Gordon’s consistency allow him to swipe the top spot along with the Sprint Cup point lead? Meanwhile, David Reutimann’s early season run has allowed him to break into the rankings ahead of his car owner -- but just how far up the ladder did he climb? Read on to find out these answers and more, as the experts sort out if your driver hit the jackpot or rolled snake eyes in this week’s Top 15 rankings.

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Full Throttle – It Ain’t Braggin’ If You Can Back It Up

Kyle Busch is not the most popular driver in the sport. There are people who would say he’s not the most popular driver in his family. But, whether you like him or dislike him as a person, one thing is undeniable: Kyle Busch is one of the best raw talents …

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