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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.

Fantasy Insider: How to Clip the Competition at Kansas

With the Northeast leg of the Chase tour now behind us, the Sprint Cup Series heads to where the title will be decided… the intermediate, cookie-cutter ovals. Unlike the first two tracks on the circuit that have seen their share of unpredictability both this season and in seasons past, the Kansas Speedway will likely see …

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5 Points to Ponder: 2009 AAA 400 at Dover Edition

Kurt Busch and Juan Pablo Montoya were not considered championship contenders by a number of experts before New Hampshire, but after two races sit third and fourth in points to raise some eyebrows. It wasn’t that neither had the talent, but the Pat Tryson drama was expected to affect the No. 2 team and many thought Montoya couldn’t legitimately have a shot at the title without a win.

Did You Notice? Liquor’s Love Affair Turned Divorce, Throwing Caution to the Wind & Finding Earnhardt

Did You Notice? NASCAR is so quick to throw a caution for “debris,” yet so hesitant when there’s actual danger on the racetrack? The first Chase race came packaged with its share of debris yellows, a total of three cautions that threatened to change the outcome of the race. Yet during the last lap, when …

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 Sylvania 300 at Loudon

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 Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

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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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2009 Food City 500 at Bristol

Because he’s a nicer driver than most, Mark Martin finished second, solidifying his Chase berth a bit more and maintaining his squeaky-clean reputation. However, a well-timed bump-and-run is not a dirty move, and Martin should have been more aggressive in the closing laps. If I was his car owner, I’d have been disappointed in the performance this week.

Did You Notice? Whether Family & NASCAR Really Mix?, No Chase, No Crew & White House Snubs

Did You Notice? How amazing it is Jeff Gordon’s competing for the title this year? I say that not because of his ailing back (although that’s another story all to itself) … it’s because he’s busy changing diapers at home. Who in the world is capable of doing both? Now, I’m mostly joking around with …

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