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Fantasy Insider: Kasey Kahne a 1.5-Mile Warrior

This week, NASCAR travels from its restrictor plate Demolition Derby in the Southeast to one of its 1.5-mile cookie cutters in the Midwest, Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. Now, while I personally wouldn’t normally look forward to this Saturday night’s race, I’ve got an important mission at hand: rebuild some fantasy rosters, including my own. …

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No Bull: It’s a NASCAR Playoff War: Rating 8 Contenders for the Final 2 Chase Spots

Now that the smoke has cleared from that 19-car pileup at Daytona, the battle for the final two spots in the 2010 Chase for the Cup is as cluttered as turn 3 was on Saturday night. In my view, 10 men are safe, leaving eight drivers 180 points apart with chances to claim one of …

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Running Their Mouth: 2010 Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona

“Same old Daytona, cars moving around and bouncing around and handling came into play and you saw a lot of passing and shuffling, and then there at the end we had the big wreck and we were fortunate to be in front of it. On the last restart, once the [No.] 24 pulled out and …

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Drives the No. 3, Wins 2010 Subway Jalapeno 250 at Daytona

It was quite obvious to anyone who walked into Daytona International Speedway on Friday night that the No. 3 was back in the house. The new Dale Jr. Wrangler merchandise was everywhere that you looked in the grandstands, the Sprint FanZone and in the camping areas. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was the overwhelming crowd favorite coming …

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Voice of Vito: Who Can Make a Move? Daytona Sight of 7-Man Battle Royale for Final Chase Spots

To say things are a bit crowded around the 12th and final Chase spot is like saying you might bump into somebody in Beijing on a bicycle. The fight to get into the final transfer spot come Richmond in September is setting up to be an epic bloodbath, the likes of which will make the …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at Loudon

Everyone thought that a little game of road course bumper cars at Infineon would stir up the Frontstretch Power Rankings. But one week later, it was actually the (mostly) caution-free, flat one-mile oval in New Hampshire that threw the top 15 into the blender. Four drivers climbed into the rankings this week, while four fell …

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Running Their Mouth: 2010 LENOX Industrial Tools 301 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 …

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Voice of Vito: New Hampshire Motor Speedway More Like the Thunderdome This Sunday

“There’s no laws in this place, anything goes – it’s Thunderdome!” Such were the words of George Costanza to Jerry Seinfeld in a memorable episode of Seinfeld, where Jerry was attempting to get a deal on a new car. That same line may come to describe this weekend’s Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire, …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Heluva Good! 400 at Michigan

The Irish Hills of Michigan were not the scene of a fuel-mileage strategy play this weekend; instead, the drama scenes fizzled in the face of total domination by Denny Hamlin. Not even mystery debris could cloud the ending of a race thoroughly controlled by the No. 11 from start to finish. Kasey Kahne, Jeff Gordon …

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5 Points to Ponder: Hendrick Expanding His Reach?, Toyota’s Gone Jimmie & Red Bull Gone Wrong

Saturday night’s Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway marked the second week of that tour’s standalone summer stretch and, not surprisingly, the second such race won by a Cup Series regular. And while ESPN’s telecast did pretty well to keep side-by-side action on the screen, showing more than Joey Logano while he laid waste to the field for much of the event, there were a lot of Nationwide Series regulars that in the span of three hours didn’t have their cars featured on TV.

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