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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 Up & Coming NASCAR Stars

During the final off week of the NASCAR season, despite a year where rookies are few and far between in the Cup Series, we’re taking a look at some stars of tomorrow who could potentially make an impact down the road. There are a multitude of racers spread all over the country, and thousands of …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not Around the World of NASCAR

The big boys took this weekend off to prepare for the second half of the summer, but for a handful of drivers looking to fill their shoes someday, downtime is simply not an option. They’re all fighting to hold a job in this shrinking market, with one bad move sending them to the sidelines: just …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2010 Dollar General 300 at Chicagoland

Kyle Busch was in character Friday night, leading the most laps in a car that was among the class of the field. But it took a gift from Brad Keselowski to send Busch to his 37th career Nationwide Series victory. Following a lap 191 restart, the No. 18 car found itself drifting back to as …

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Did You Notice? As the Kenseth Crumbles, Lajoie on Drugs & Bruton the Bully?

Did You Notice? With Todd Parrott’s reassignment Tuesday, Matt Kenseth is now on his fifth crew chief in less than three years? Let’s review: Robbie Reiser (1999-2007): Reassigned to the Roush GM post after November, 2007. Together, Kenseth and Reiser earned 16 wins, 79 top-fives, 141 top-10s and the 2003 Winston Cup. Chip Bolin (2008): …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2010 Meijer 300 at Kentucky

Surprise, surprise. Joey Logano won the pole. Logano won Saturday night’s Nationwide Series race at Kentucky. And Cup regulars finished 1-2-3, with Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski playing bridesmaid to Logano, whose win marked the third consecutive season he’s done so from the pole. That leaves him a perfect 3-for-3 at the facility where he …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2010 Federated Auto Parts 300 at Nashville

Nashville was supposed to mark a standalone Nationwide Series race, but you’d never have known it looking at the final running order. After yellow-flag pit stops cycled through on lap 170, Brad Keselowski came out up front and never looked back, holding off a challenge from Carl Edwards on a lap 202 restart to score …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in the Racing World: 2010 Charlotte/Indy Edition

Technically, the NASCAR Sprint Cup circus didn’t take last week off. But after a 100-lap, four-segment exhibition where only the last 15 minutes seemed worth watching, it’s hard to add to those regular-season trends which typically define this Hot/Not column. So just like everyone else is about to do this Memorial Day Weekend, let’s take …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2010 Royal Purple 200 at Darlington

For the 36th time in the last 82 Nationwide Series races, a Joe Gibbs Racing entry visited victory lane, with Denny Hamlin holding off teammate Kyle Busch to score his first Nationwide Series victory of 2010 and first since Kansas back in 2008. Hamlin, who won the pole for Friday night’s race as well, combined …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2010 Aaron’s 312 at Talladega

One year ago, Brad Keselowski shocked the stock car world, winning the Sprint Cup race at Talladega as a Nationwide Series regular. This year was a case of role reversal; but when all was said and done, he was back in victory lane, scoring his first NASCAR win since making the move to Penske Racing. …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2010 Sam’s Town 300 at Las Vegas

Despite the best efforts of his pit crew, Kevin Harvick still managed to wheel his way into Las Vegas’s victory lane Saturday, overtaking Denny Hamlin late to score his first win in Sin City since 2004. And if that statement sounds contradictory, it should. Harvick got out front to lead the first lap of the …

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