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The Yellow Stripe: It’s Not All About the Top 12 – 10 Wild-Card Storylines to Watch in NASCAR’s Chase

For the past 26 weeks, we’ve essentially conducted a form of “Prelude to the Chase,” with drivers jockeying to be in the all-important 12 available spots post-checkers at the second Richmond race. Now, with the field set, you can pretty much guarantee that a quick glance at the Jayski Article/Links page will show 99.9% of stories are all about the hallowed NASCAR playoff format.

Talking NASCAR TV: Why ESPN, Even Erin Were Up to the Task at Atlanta

Hello, race fans. It’s that time once again: time for the weekly TV critique of all the NASCAR broadcasts you love watching. This past weekend, the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series were at Atlanta Motor Speedway, while the Camping World Truck Series headed deep into the heart of the Bluegrass State. We’ll start there.

Grading the 2010 NASCAR Pack, Part III: Drivers Brad Keselowski – Brian Vickers

With the NASCAR season two-thirds of the way gone and the final off week now out of our way, we’re taking a brief moment of respite, grading all the drivers and teams once again on their performance so far in 2010. Tuesday, we covered an owner-by-owner breakdown of season results so far… all of which you …

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Did You Notice? NASCAR Driving is a Day Job, Marcos Ambrose is Saved for 2011 & Sponsor Cutbacks

Did You Notice? Joey Logano’s words, while spoken in the heat of the moment with Ryan Newman, delve deeper into the psyche of NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers today? In case you’ve been too busy watching MTV’s Jersey Shore drama to pay attention, the following quote Logano uttered Sunday has been causing its own shock value …

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5 Points to Ponder: Mark Martin’s Misery, All Hail ARCA & the Entitlement of Joey, Kyle & Denny

Just one year ago, Mark Martin won the first race at Michigan and came within a splash of gas of at least a top-five finish in the second one. Now, after a mediocre 16th-place run in the spring race, he was running as a top 15 car again this Sunday before contact with David Reutimann put the No. 5 in the wall, causing enough damage to result in an ugly 28th-place finish that dropped the 51-year-old outside the top 12 in points.

Running Their Mouth: 2010 CARFAX 400 at Michigan

_Welcome to Running Their Mouth! 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 CARFAX 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Happy Hour: NASCAR’s “Epic” 12th-Place Battle? Sorry, Ain’t Feelin’ It

As I write this, NASCAR.com’s main article showcases large photos of the soulful faces of Mark Martin and Clint Bowyer as the headline grabs us with the words “RUMBLE FOR 12TH.” They even provide links to Martin’s and Bowyer’s driver pages and store pages, just in case the prospect of Bowyer making the Chase makes …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen

Drivers turned right and left this past weekend at Watkins Glen, and some of them turned themselves right out of their positions in the NASCAR Power Rankings. But while top competition faltered, Juan Pablo Montoya righted his ship, breaking a 113-race winless streak while licking the wounds of a difficult season. Further back, Marcos Ambrose was …

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Running Their Mouth: 2010 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen

Welcome to Running Their Mouth! 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 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen at Watkins Glen International.

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