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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2011 Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville

Falling just a few laps short of the win, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was vintage Earnhardt on Sunday, passing Kyle Busch for the lead on lap 480 with a perfectly executed bump-and-run and holding on until lap 496, when Kevin Harvick passed for the win. Earnhardt nearly came back, laying a bumper to Harvick on a crossover move, but not quite in the right location to move Harvick up the track. It was the most like a driver hungry for a win that Earnhardt has looked in a very long time.

Holding a Pretty Wheel: A Slap on the Wrist? NASCAR Chooses Inconsistency Over Fairness… Again

You could almost miss it perusing some popular NASCAR websites. It’s kind of innocuous on NASCAR Online with only a small box dedicated to it, buried under a story on the Sprint Cup title race, another on Richard Petty and a third on the destruction at Talladega. The story itself is short, too, outlining a …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Start & Parks Deserve Sympathy & Admiration, Not Derision

You see it every week now in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide series: less than halfway through the race, a seemingly undamaged car pulls into the garage and the team packs up and heads home early. The results sheet shows an electrical or brake failure, and the owner collects a backmarker paycheck. It’s a …

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Bubble Breakdown: Start & Parkers Still Chasing After NASCAR Dreams

With 12 races remaining in the 2010 NASCAR Cup season, two teams still have a realistic shot at re-entering the Top 35 in owner points: the No. 26 Latitude 43 Motorsports team and the No. 38 owned by Front Row Motorsports. Although both cars face an uphill battle to lock themselves into future races, they …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Michael McDowell on the Reality of Racing, Faith & the McCoach

Michael McDowell took the fast lane to NASCAR’s top series as the rising star of Michael Waltrip Racing in 2008. His rookie season quickly turned sour, though, leading to his release from the team after just six months. 2009 was spent bouncing around, but now McDowell has seemingly found not one, but two homes in …

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Bubble Breakdown: Robby’s Top 15 Bursts Kvapil’s Bubble Inside Top 35

Robby Gordon picked up a well-deserved 14th-place finish in Saturday’s Subway Fresh Fit 600 at Phoenix. But was that enough to get him inside the Top 35? Meanwhile, David Stremme’s No. 26 and Mike Bliss’s No. 36 both failed to make the race, meaning their 37th and 38th-ranked teams both lost nearly 40 points on …

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Bubble Breakdown: What Big Teams Are In Top-35 Danger?

For many in the Sprint Cup garage this weekend, 500 laps at Bristol will be a nail-biting experience, with one wreck making the difference between locking them into the 43-car field for Martinsville and beyond… or kicking them out. So while NASCAR’s top divisions enjoy their week off, let’s take a look at 12 other …

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Fantasy Racing Insider: Look No Further Than Roush Fenway for Fontana

Well, last week wasn’t too horrible for me – or for you, if you took my fantasy advice – when all was said and done. Four of my drivers finished in the top 25, all of them finished in the top 30, and four of them logged bonus points for leading laps. All three of …

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Bubble Breakdown: Truex Terrific, Speed Surprising & Front Row Flops

The Great American Race is in the history books, but the battle for the bubble is just beginning. Already, the No. 66 of Dave Blaney (PRISM Motorsports) and the No. 09 of Aric Almirola (Phoenix Racing) have some ground to make up in 2010 after they both failed to make the big show, but what …

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