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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.

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2009 Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond

Solidly in the Chase with a fourth-place finish. Mark Martin will attempt to shed the title of “best driver without a championship” when he makes a title run this year. He’ll start in the top spot, taking the position from Tony Stewart on the strength of his four wins, despite a lower average finish and lower regular season points position.

Driven to the Past: Random Thoughts…

I keep hearing comments on television that Mark Martin might be the best NASCAR driver who has never won a Cup championship. That may well be true, and I have a LOT of respect for Mark. We were friends while he was in ASA and I was working in that series, and I’ve always liked him. I would really like to see him win a Cup title before his career is finally over.

One of the things I like most about his staying in racing is the way he says it’s not about winning a championship. I’m sure he’s honest in that. You can’t fault a passion for the sport, and with Mark, he is staying in it is because he simply loves to race, and getting a competitive ride was too big an opportunity to turn down. And I believe at this point he may be one of the best NASCAR drivers who have never won that title.

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta

The aged surface of Atlanta Motor Speedway offered up multi-groove racing from the drop of the green flag that also yielded some bizarre events, with Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards both having freak problems that knocked them out of contention. Tony Stewart also had another off weekend, which cost him some of his first-place votes …

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta

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 peek at what the drivers were thinking following the Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Happy Hour: Revisiting Predictions from February 2009

Way back in February of this year, the Frontstretch staff gathered together to answer some questions about the upcoming season in an effort to sound like experts. (Some of us are, although I wont stake my career on my own expertise.) I stumbled on my responses to the six questions that Tom sent us, and I thought it would be fun to see how it’s all played out this year.

Did You Notice? NASCAR’s A Young Man’s Game, Chasing Survival & Highway Robbery

Did You Notice? That with Michael Waltrip and now Bobby Labonte possibly out of full-time rides in 2010, the Cup Series has become more of a young man’s game than ever before – and the age of gray-haired success stories may finally be gone for good. Looking at the lineup of 2010 full-time teams, just …

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The Yellow Stripe: Has This Season Really Been All That Bad?

They say absence makes the heart grow fonder, and in the case of the Sprint Cup that’s certainly how I felt this past Sunday, as for the fourth and final time this season, NASCAR’s top echelon took a well-deserved weekend off from the relentless slog that is the Cup schedule. With 24 races in the …

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