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Who’s Going To Win It All? Our 2009 Chase Predictions

The sixth edition of NASCAR’s Chase is upon us, and with it comes the most talented 12-car field we’ve ever seen. Four former champions, 282 career race wins, and eight different teams represented make the 10-race run for the title a wide-open affair with no clear favorite as of yet. Or is there? Our experts …

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The Yellow Stripe: The 2009 Chase Field Hits Manhattan, Hard Rock Café Style

A few weeks back, one of my colleagues on at Frontstretch, Mr. Phil Allaway, wrote an excellent piece on how ESPN put together at-track race broadcasts. It was the sort of behind the scenes “Insider” look at the sport that you don’t often get to read and if you haven’t checked it out you really …

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Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: All Around the Chosen Ones

Like it or not (and I think I’ve made it pretty clear which side of the fence I stand on over the last five years) NASCAR’s all-singing, all-dancing, usually disappointing Chase for the Championship is now underway. 12 finalists have been anointed possible titlists and, barring the sudden addition of a swimsuit and talent competition, …

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Voice of Vito: Pugliese the Prognosticator – A Comprehensive Guide to the 2009 Chase for the Cup

Following weeks of speculation, rationalization, and wild-assed guesses, the field for the 2009 Sprint Cup Championship Chase is now set. This week, the Dirty Dozen has been performing the requisite New York City media stops, making appearances on just about any talk show or television program you care to mention before the first round is …

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Mirror Driving: Matt Crafton’s Penalty, Kyle & Kurt’s Big Problems & Johnson Playing Dumb?

After the dust settled at Richmond, Brian Vickers was in the Chase while Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth were left on the outside looking in.  Is not having the series bad boy or perpetual championship contender in the playoffs bad for the sport?

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond

The final weekend in the race for the Chase saw plenty of playoff-worthy drivers put their best foot forward at Richmond. Brian Vickers slipped in, Kyle Busch fell just short… and there were a slew of others in between who made it clear they’ll spend this fall fighting for a season championship. The shuffling of …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Chase Elimination Edition

Maybe Kyle Busch smashing that Sam Bass-crafted guitar earlier this year was bad luck after all. Saturday night’s Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway proved to play a different tune than Busch’s preference, though the racing Gods left enough light at the end of the tunnel for the No. 18 team to …

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5 Points to Ponder Heading Into the 2009 Chase

Kyle Busch has been the subject of criticism, and often times hatred, amongst race fans everywhere who would love nothing more than to see a Chase-less Busch. But while every dodged interview and eccentric victory celebration makes NASCAR’s most diehard fans’ blood boil, there is no denying that the man can wheel a stock car and is – in most people’s opinions – a top-10 talent in the sport. That’s why when I polled a number of NASCAR fans this weekend, I was not surprised when many said that you can’t have a playoff without one of the sport’s biggest stars.

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