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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Shelby American at Las Vegas

A weekend in Las Vegas turned out lucky for Jimmie Johnson, who took a four-tire gamble on the last pit stop and rode it to victory number two in as many weeks. Just like that, second-place Kevin Harvick saw the race slip away – along with his hold on the top spot in our Power …

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Happy Hour: Jeff Burton May Finally Be Back

If there is a Rodney Dangerfield of NASCAR, it may be Jeff Burton. He doesn’t have the Cups that the glory brothers at Hendrick Motorsports have. He doesn’t have the name recognition of Dale Earnhardt Jr. He doesn’t polarize the media like Tony Stewart. He won’t even be repeatedly pronounced the best driver to never …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Auto Club 500 at Fontana

Taking the plates off at Auto Club Speedway meant the first “unrestricted” race of the regular season Sunday; and for once, the 2-mile oval didn’t disappoint. No pothole appeared to stop the action, but a threat from Mother Nature sure helped start it, with rain clouds keeping the racing hot and heavy the second we …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not In Sprint Cup: 2010 Auto Club 500 at Fontana Edition

I’ve done this column twice so far in 2010, and both have been when I’m physically less than 100%. At this rate, it seems like my body is mimicking the attendance at virtually every race ever run at Fontana (Zing!) But seriously, folks, the second race of the season gave us a solid look at …

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Running Their Mouth: 2010 Auto Club 500 at Fontana

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 car owners themselves. This week, here’s a sneak peek at what they all were thinking following the Auto Club 500.

Voice of Vito: Green-White-Checkered Continues to Fly in the Face of Tradition

The other day I was looking at some novelty t-shirts online and happened across one that would appeal to the extremist at heart. It read, “When All Else Fails – Vote From The Rooftops,” replete with the image of a rifle topped with a scope and bi-pod. As I watched the green-white-checkered finish of the …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Daytona 500

The parity of plate racing put some unfamiliar faces up front in NASCAR’s Super Bowl – jumbling up the Power Rankings like crazy after just one week. But while upset winner Jamie McMurray shot up the charts, it was Jimmie Johnson who lost out in the midst of underdog success – his rear axle failure …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Holy Chasms, Batman! How Will the 2010 Daytona 500 Be Remembered?

It made for some good jokes passed around on Twitter, while giving a couple of drivers the chance at a needed pit stop (and not for the car). But really, the hole that appeared in turn 2 at Daytona was symbolic of so much more: the gulf NASCAR has dug itself into over the past …

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Dialing It In: Making Sense of the Gatorade Duels

The 150-mile Gatorade Duel qualifying races showcase some of the best racing during the entirety of Speedweeks at Daytona. In one of the most unique and complicated qualifying processes in all of sports, the front row for the 52nd Daytona 500 was set on Sunday, but the rest of the field will race for their …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Bud Shootout at Daytona

As Sprint Cup drivers prepare to tackle their 36-race regular season, it’s time to take a look at which ones carry the most momentum into 2010. Certainly, the Bud Shootout helped give some some a little extra push, but it’s hard to unseat a certain four-time champ on top of our list – at least …

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