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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville

Fans had to wait an extra day for one of the most exciting finishes in awhile, but it was definitely worth it. Denny Hamlin was once again victorious in his home state, good enough to move him back into the Power Rankings just before he goes under the knife for a torn ACL. Back in …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2010 Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville

On a green-white-checkered restart in overtime (lap 507), the No. 11 car of Denny Hamlin on four fresh tires tagged the back of the No. 39 Haas Automation Chevrolet of Ryan Newman, then the No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet of Jeff Gordon – and then the No. 17 Crown Royal Ford of Matt Kenseth, clearing the way for him to take the lead and the victory.

Bettin’ the Horsepower: Mark Martin Makes Better Bet Than Hendrick Teammates

Any time the Cup Series heads to the famed paperclip that is Martinsville Speedway, two drivers immediately emerge as favorites – Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon. Arguably the two best drivers of this era, both have excelled at the physically and mentally exhausting short track that tests a driver’s talent, endurance and patience. Given Johnson’s …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Food City 500 at Bristol

Surprise, surprise. After Jimmie Johnson scored his first ever win at Bristol Motor Speedway, you can guess where he ended up in our Power Rankings this week. With three wins in five races and seven in the last 14, people may be getting sick of seeing the same driver in victory lane – but bad …

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Bristol Singalong: What Drivers SHOULD Have Chosen

It was one of the most anticipated events of the season so far. No, wait – that was the race. But Bristol Motor Speedway has something besides great on-track competition. As of last year, they might just be able to boast the greatest driver introductions in NASCAR. OK, OK, that’s nothing much when you look …

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Running Their Mouth: 2010 Food City 500 at Bristol

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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Fantasy Insider: Escaping Disaster at Thunder Valley

Editor’s Note: Mike Ravesi could not submit this week due to internet issues. Look for our site’s Fantasy Insider to return next Thursday for Martinsville! There’s no race more nerve-wracking to set your fantasy team for than Bristol. It’s tough enough to pick at short tracks as it is, but the unpredictability of 500 laps …

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Did You Notice? Talladega Testing Confusion, Four NASCAR #1s & Mayfield Pops Up?

Did You Notice? We learned everything and nothing from this Talladega test… at the same time? In many ways, NASCAR’s choice to squeeze this experiment onto the schedule was good for two reasons: 1) The cars started out too fast with the initial plate package offered (a flat, 4.5-inch spoiler with two-inch extensions on either side, …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta

The No. 2 car of Kurt Busch managed to win a race, but it was two other stories that stole the show this weekend at Atlanta. Carl Edwards made payback on superspeedways an acceptable behavior, while Goodyear once again brought a tire to the track that failed to perform as expected for nearly one-third of …

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Voice of Vito: Censorship Be Damned, Access to Drivers is NASCAR’s Greatest Asset

The age old question of whether or not drivers should be interviewed after an on-track incident was raised again last weekend, after Earnhardt Ganassi Racing teammates Jamie McMurray and Juan Pablo Montoya were involved in an accident on lap 94. Upon exiting the infield care center and examining the crumpled lump that a few minutes …

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