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5 Points to Ponder: 2009 Pep Boys 500 at Atlanta Edition

Perhaps I’m in the minority on this, but equipment is extremely important in this sport – especially in the lower ranks – and pieces from possibly the Stewart-Haas, Kevin Harvick Inc. or JR Motorsports stables astronomically improves Danica Patrick’s chances of finding victory lane in a stock car in 2010. You see it all the time in ARCA – teams with support from Cup organizations tend to routinely run in the top 10, if not the top five.

What’s Vexing Vito: Unsolicited Opinions on Things You Haven’t Thought About Until Now

In this space each week, I usually wax poetic – or manic – depending on your view, on some topic that has been, by this point in the week, completely beaten to death and rehashed to the point that you probably can’t fire off a letter to me quick enough, asking that habeas corpus be …

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5 Points to Ponder: Inside the Sprint Cup Rumor Mill

With the Cup Series taking a rare weekend off, this week’s Five Points will try and help sort out the rampant rumors you may have seen throughout this year’s Silly Season. When the Frontstretch live blog returns next week at Indianapolis, the column’s regular format will also return.

Fanning the Flames: NASCAR’s “Terminology Guidelines” & The Return of Silly Season

Q: Kevin Harvick or Brad Keselowski? Or maybe even Danica Patrick? It must be nice to be Stewart and Rick Hendrick. This wasn’t thought to be much of a free-agent year, but it looks like SHR has some attractive options. I’d have to go with Harvick. The fit is a perfect one. Thoughts?

Voice of Vito: No News is Bad News – Dark Days Still Loom on the Horizon for NASCAR

After taking last week off after covering the LifeLock 400 at Michigan, there have been a few stories floating around that provided some ammo for this week’s column. Some are the same retreads we’ve all heard before, but regardless of what information has come to light, the answers remain the same. Even after spending a …

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Did You Notice? Boris Said a Madman for a Reason, Petty’s New Face & Jason Leffler, NNS in Trouble?

*Did You Notice…* That Boris Said was a one man wrecking ball on the road course at Sonoma this past Sunday? Of course you did, because unless you’re a P.J. Jones or Dave Blaney fan, Said probably made contact with your favorite driver during the race’s 113 laps. Said’s brazenly reckless and even violent performance on the track was a sharp departure from the car control and breathtaking footwork that he has demonstrated on NASCAR’s road courses over the years, and a large number of fans took notice.

Thompson in Turn 5: NASCAR a Tough Decision for Danica Patrick

Despite speculation that IndyCar Series darling Danica Patrick would reveal her plans for next season this week, it seems any such announcement is now on hold until October. Patrick, who is in the final year of her contract with Andretti Green Racing (AGR), has been rumored to be looking in three different directions in deciding …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Lifelock 400 at Michigan Edition

“Give me fuel, give me fire, give me that which I desire,” may very well have been the lyrics Jimmie Johnson was banging his head to as his dominant No. 48 Chevy sputtered to the finish of Sunday’s LifeLock 400. The three-time champ absolutely dominated at Michigan, only surrendering the lead after the final pit …

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