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NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Pre-Season Top 15

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We are only days away from the official start of the 2015 NASCAR season. A lot has changed since Kevin Harvick hoisted the championship trophy at Homestead in November, including drivers, teams, crews and more. Pair all of those unknowns with some rules changes and the storylines are endless. No preseason testing means the drivers …

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5 Points To Ponder: Sprint Replacement Can’t Be Taken Lightly

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Editor’s Note: Danny Peters’ column, a Frontstretch staple returns this week and will run in its usual Tuesday slot all season. Usually titled Five Points to Ponder, this week’s season-opening one is a special edition, in a special format taking a look at the departure of title sponsor Sprint. From cigarettes to cell phones. What’s next …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Clams Up When Drivers Cry Out On NASCAR Qualifying

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I take it that you heard the rumbling sound coming out of your speakers this past weekend. That’s right; NASCAR is back, and not a moment too soon. The offseason always seems interminable. As I stated last week, 2015 will look relatively similar to 2014 here in Couch Potato Tuesday, but with some changes. For …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not In NASCAR: Daytona 500 Edition

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Editor’s Note: Jeff Wolfe takes over our Hot/Not column this year. Come back every Tuesday to see his take on the sport along with which NASCAR drivers are trending up… or down over the last few weeks of racing. Burnouts (Hot) Matt Kenseth went without a win in 2014, so maybe his victory in the …

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Drivers Vent Frustration Following Daytona 500 Qualifying Fracas

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Is your head still hurting? If so, you’re like much of NASCAR nation who struggled to grab a hold of the group qualifying system for the 2015 Daytona 500. Though the attention had some positives – some found the debut of the new format exhilirating – others were much more pronounced in their discontent, and …

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Dale Jr. Foundation to Start Drive to Give Gloves Initiative

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Starting this month, fans will have a chance to win the gloves that Dale Earnhardt, Jr. uses during each of his races. The Dale, Jr. Foundation announced today it “Driven to Give Gloves” initiative. Each month, Earnhardt will dawn his notorious Alpinestars skeleton gloves with a specific color designated for a different charity. After the …

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Holding A Pretty Wheel: With Kasey Kahne’s Future Secure, Others in Doubt

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As of Wednesday, a lot of NASCAR Nation was looking at the future of Hendrick Motorsports’ No. 5 team, nodding and winking at each other. Sure, Kasey Kahne was in the seat in 2014, and would be through 2015, but it was really just a matter of time. Time, and keeping the seat warm. With …

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Homestead

Four drivers entered the season finale at Homestead with one mission: finish ahead of the other three and win the 2014 Sprint Cup Series championship. There was a general consensus that whoever won the championship would also have to win the race, and that proved to be the case as all four drivers were strong …

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