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Did You Notice? The Busch Brothers Playing Nice? Ryan Newman Making College History? & More…

Did You Notice? That on the final lap of the Daytona 500, you had both Kyle and Kurt Busch giving up on their own chance to win the Great American Race, instead choosing to stay in line behind their teammates while attempting to push them to the win. That selfless act was followed by an …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2008 Daytona 500

How the Rankings are Calculated: Frontstretch does their power rankings somewhat similar to how the Associated Press does them for basketball or football — writers on our staff will vote for the top 20 on a 20-19-18-17-16-15… 3-2-1 basis, giving 20 points to their first-place driver, 19 for their second, and so on. In the …

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Voice of Vito: Put a Dodge in Your Garage – Dodge Returns to Prominence at Daytona

All through testing and Speedweeks at Daytona, it seemed there was one thing fans could count on happening in the 50th running of the Daytona 500: The Toyotas and the Hendrick Chevrolets would be near the front in the Great American Race. Hendrick’s latest acquisition, Dale Earnhardt Jr., got off to a fast start during …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2008 Daytona 500 Edition

For three months the anticipation built up in preparation for the 50th running of the Daytona 500, all the way up until the green flag flew over 43 of the world’s best drivers to kick off the 2008 season Sunday afternoon. The expected Hendrick Motorsports dominance was overshadowed by the success of Joe Gibbs Racing …

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10 Points to Ponder… After the 2008 Daytona 500

1. Well, Isn’t That Just Super? – The Daytona 500 is often referred to as NASCAR’s equivalent of the NFL’s Super Bowl. Well, the Patriots – Giants game, held two weeks ago, was an exciting and well-played contest in its own right; and, with a Cinderella finish to boot. I just thought it was appropriate …

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Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2008 Gatorade Duel 150s at Daytona Race Recaps

Race One The Key Moment: Reed Sorenson teamed up with Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the final restart and the duo drove away from the field. Truthfully, as strong at the No. 88 car looked, Earnhardt probably didn’t need help. In a Nutshell: The cars might be OK, and the tires might be OK, but those …

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Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: Everyone’s Opinion Matters in NASCAR

Somewhere in the hurricane of publicity surrounding Dale Earnhardt Jr.‘s move to Rick Hendrick’s organization over NASCAR’s offseason, some comments made by Brian France about the upcoming year were lost. In one of those comments, France stated that perhaps the sanctioning body had been a bit too hasty in handing out penalties for less than …

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Voices From the Heartland: Hope Springs Eternal for This “Casual” NASCAR Fan

When I started this writing gig a few years back, I made it clear to all who took the time to read that I consider myself a fan first and a journalist second. I was just an average schmuck sitting in a tavern, watching the races and arguing with my buddies over who started the …

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Fanning the Flames: Yo, NASCAR! This is a No Spin Zone!

Thanks for another solid batch of input this week. I know everyone’s adrenaline is pumping because it’s Speedweeks, and I’m loving the feedback… so keep it coming. Remember, this is your column, your chance to be heard. Q: Matt, I have been trying to figure this out. Kurt Busch deliberately hit Tony Stewart‘s car three …

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