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5 Points to Ponder: Kentucky Non-Surprise, Zaxby’s & Denny

Bruton Smith did not buy the Kentucky Speedway without knowing and knowing full well that the anti-trust lawsuit brought upon NASCAR by the facility’s former ownership was going to get settled. He didn’t spend millions of dollars on cosmetic and infrastructure improvements to put on a better Nationwide Series race; that’s a safe wager.

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not In Sprint Cup: 2010 Crown Royal 400 at Richmond Edition

Here’s the $5 million question: What’s the track with the fewest lead changes so far this season? Fontana? Nope. That’s actually sixth on the list (although you may not have been awake to see it). Atlanta? Nope. That’s number three (although the next version of this race may be run somewhere in Kentucky.) Hmmm… Las …

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Bubble Breakdown: Conway on the Hot Seat While Gordon Gets Burned

Bristol is in the books and as the 2010 owner points set the stage for the first time this year, the magic number is two. That’s right; on Sunday, we had two teams make their 2010 debut, two teams close within 12 points of the bubble, two teams make driver changes, a driver break a …

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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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Tearing Apart the Trucks: Bring On 2010!

For a good chunk of the off season, my retail job kept me busy enough that I didn’t have time to miss racing. But once January hit, work slowed down, news started pouring in and I caught the racing bug once again. Now, just two days before the Daytona 500, the Camping World Truck Series …

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Fanning the Flames: The Lights are Off Atop the Pace Car… Let’s Go!

Didn’t we talk just, like, two Thursdays ago? Is the Christmas season really over a month gone in our rearview mirror? Has the “merging” of race teams on the NASCAR circuit finally jumped the shark with the Front Row Motorsports/Yates Racing deal? These are questions I ask you. Now, it’s time for us – this …

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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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An Unlikely Battle for Rookie of the Year

The 2010 Sprint Cup rookie class is the antithesis of the usual suspects. There are no big time teams here. No development prospects, no young guns. Instead, this year’s battle for the ROTY title comes down to a battle between a 30-something part-time Nationwide Series driver and a Truck Series veteran. Enter Kevin Conway and …

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Start & Park Doing Nothing for NASCAR, & It’s Not Going Anywhere Anytime Soon

As the 2009 season concludes, we’re faced with an unpleasant reality: start-and-park is not only thriving, but here for the long haul. And as the number of S&P teams expand, not contract, they’re driving teams that are already here and trying to race right out of the sport. That leaves NASCAR entirely at fault for letting its top three touring series have up to a third of their fields parking early at any given race track.

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