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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2012 Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol

The latest “new” Bristol is still not the Bristol of old. But between the buzz, the wrecks and a decent crowd, the August night race resembled its former self for the first time since the pre-Chase era.

Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2011 Phoenix Fall Race Recap

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Kasey Kahne elected to pit early for his final stop. Meanwhile, Carl Edwards was leading the race but ran up on his old buddy Brad Keselowski, who was trying not to get lapped (and perhaps sending some subtle payback Edwards’ way.) By the time the No. 99 abandoned the effort to pass the No. 2, Edwards had given up too much time to Kahne.

Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2011 Great Clips 300 at Atlanta

Despite the best efforts of Kyle Busch to run him down, Carl Edwards topped a dominant evening with his 35th career Nationwide Series win Saturday night in front of a stellar crowd at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Busch, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kevin Harvick and Kasey Kahne rounded out the top 5.

Though Edwards led 101 of the 195 laps led en route to victory, side-by-side racing at the front of the field proved plentiful, with each of the drivers in the top 5 taking turns at the front. Goodyear seemed to get the tire situation under control after fielding rocks at Bristol a week ago, with the rubber proving to wear on the abrasive Atlanta service. Drivers throughout the field were seen visibly wrestling with loose race cars throughout the 300 miles.

Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2010 Ford 300 at Homestead

Kyle Busch led seven times for 153 laps to win the Ford 300, his record 13th Nationwide Series victory of the 2010 season and one that clinched the owners’ title for Joe Gibbs Racing. Busch knocked off Kevin Harvick by a few car lengths at the start-finish line. Brad Keselowski finished third, scoring his seventh …

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Happy Hour: The Odd Story of NASCAR’s No. 11 Car

This weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, should Denny Hamlin and crew manage to out-duel Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick and their crews, Hamlin would be the driver that finally came along and knocked Johnson off his lofty perch. Should the No. 11 car take the Sprint Cup, it would be a fourth title for Joe Gibbs …

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Nuts for Nationwide: The Top-10 Moments of the 2010 Season… 2 Weeks Early

With Brad Keselowski set to end the Nationwide Series season two races early, it only seems fitting that this week be the one that Frontstretch recaps the top-10 moments that Nationwide Series regulars (and semi-regulars) have enjoyed this season (with Morgan Shepherd’s dump move on Danica Patrick at Loudon just narrowly missing the cut). 10. …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2010 Great Clips 300 at Atlanta

For all the tire strategy that made Saturday night’s Great Clips 300 both interesting and confusing (at one point Kevin Harvick had the entire field lapped after taking new tires under yellow while the rest of the leaders stayed out), it didn’t pave the way to victory lane. After Brad Keselowski elected to stay out …

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