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Martin Truex Jr. Finishes 6th in 1st Start With MWR at Daytona

Coming to the green flag on the first green-white-checkered attempt Martin Truex Jr. was in prime position to win in his first race with Michael Waltrip Racing; instead he watched as his former team won the 52nd running of the Daytona 500. On the second to final restart, Truex passed leader Greg Biffle going into …

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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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2010 Bubble Preview: Nerve-Wracking 1st 5 Races for the Underdogs

Editors’ Note: Brock Beard takes over the Bubble Breakdown for 2010. Look for Mike Ravesi’s writing in a new, Thursday Fantasy Racing column – right here on Frontstretch! With qualifying out of the way and the Gatorade Duels upon us this week, it’s just a matter of days before the 2010 season officially begins. So …

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5 Points to Ponder: On the Cusp of the 2010 Season

It’s a fairly safe assumption that Joe Gibbs Racing will place at least two cars in the Chase this year, if not all three. Denny Hamlin’s No. 11 car was on fire from the summer on last season (when he wasn’t shooting himself in the foot), Kyle Busch is Kyle Busch, and Joey Logano has gotten the growing pains out of the way.

Bowles-Eye View: A Quick List of NASCAR Changes for 2010

Back in the ’90s, Sheryl Crow used to have this catchy song when I was a teenager called “A Change Would Do You Good.” Apparently, someone up in the NASCAR tower’s been listening. Coming off a Media Tour where the focus was on righting some wrongs and fixing every conceivable problem in sight, the 2010 …

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The Yellow Stripe: 9 Drivers (Who Don’t Race for Hendrick) to Watch in 2010

I want to start out in this, the final Yellow Stripe of 2009, by recognizing the efforts of Jimmie Johnson. Even if your personal flavor preference is not vanilla, any true fan of our great sport should recognize the level of achievement for the entire No. 48 team: a worthy champion, no question. All told, …

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Fantasy Insider: How to Hit a Home Run at Homestead to Win It All

At long last, the final race of the season is here. And while, thanks to NASCAR’s Chase, we’ve got a snoozer of a points race headed into Sunday, there’s still a lot to look forward to on-track at Homestead. Be it drivers bidding farewell to their old teams or getting a head start with new …

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 Checker O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix

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 Checker O’Reilly Auto Parts 500K at Phoenix International Raceway.

Big 6: 2009 Checker O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil at Phoenix

Sure, I called him to win this week, but hey, I was close! Jeff Burton finished a solid and hard-raced second at Phoenix, his best run of the year. Burton has suffered through the mysterious malady that has plagued all four Richard Childress Racing teams this year, but Phoenix is Burton’s third top-10 finish in the last three races – a sign that things are turning around?

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