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Fantasy Insider: Fuel Mileage in the Big 3’s Backyard… Whoda Thunk It?

The Sprint Cup Series heads from the road course of the Glen back to the ovals, and the Irish Hills, this weekend as the race to the Chase continues to take shape. For teams like Roush Fenway Racing and Richard Childress Racing, scoring a top-10 run this weekend is imperative, while those whose playoff berths …

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Chase Elliott Running After His Dreams With the Help of His Champion Dad

At 13 years old, most people are caught up in the social dogma that is middle school, sleeping-in on weekends, and barely within two years of jumping behind the wheel of an automobile. NASCAR champion Bill Elliott’s son Chase Elliott is no average 13-year-old. After a successful run in Legends cars, Elliott decided to promote …

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Voice of Vito: Forgotten on Race Day? Ford Looks to Rebound This Weekend in the Irish Hills of MIS

Ford performance enthusiasts are fond of saying that Ford really stands for “First On Race Day.” Yet so far in 2009, the Blue Oval brigade has embodied the alternate acronym of their namesake foisted upon them by Chevrolet, Mopar, Pontiac and just about any other pocket of automotive resistance you can find that would cruelly …

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Voice of Vito: NASCAR Rules Were Meant To Be Broken, So Can We At Least Fix These 3?

In NASCAR lore, the popular theory has always been that “Rules were meant to be broken.” Drivers and crews, in an attempt to outwit the inspectors checking over their cars, harkened back to the days when revenuers and law enforcement officers tried to shut down their moonshine still and running of contraband liquor through the …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Brickyard 400 Edition

With Doug Turnbull off this week, it’s time for the editing 1-2 punch of our own Tom Bowles and Mike Lovecchio to give you the latest trends in the Cup Series after the Brickyard. We might not have Doug’s usual commentary, but what we do know is which drivers are speeding back to Pocono on the fuel of a red-hot July… and which ones have invited winter into their lives about five months too soon. Read on to see who’s in position to nab a playoff spot or a pink slip heading towards the Dog Days of August in our latest edition of Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in Sprint Cup.

Bubble Breakdown: Scott Speed Wins the Indy Battle, But John Andretti Winning the War

Sunday, NASCAR traveled to the hallowed halls of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in their annual attempt to show that if you take 43 stock cars and put them at one of the greatest tracks in the entire world, you really don’t get very good racing. While a caution with 30 laps to go made for …

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Bowles-Eye View: Has Indy Lost Its Luster? 3 Ways to Bring Drama Back to NASCAR’s Crown Jewels

The year was 1994; I was only 13, but the whirlwind of the Brickyard 400 remains as vivid in my mind as if it happened yesterday. From the moment the cars first hit the track for practice, drama was in the air for fans and drivers alike, with everyone putting their best effort into becoming …

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Bubble Breakdown: Late-Race Trouble Negates Good Efforts from Paul Menard & Brad Keselowski

News from the bubble this past week was dominated by the announcement from Michael Waltrip Racing, who not only re-signed primary sponsor NAPA to a multi-year deal but also upgraded the cockpit of the car by signing two-time Busch Series champion and one-time Chase participant Martin Truex Jr. for 2010. Waltrip will drive up to …

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Frontstretch Fantasy Insider: Cookie-Cuttering, Windy City Style

There are few, if any, tracks on the Sprint Cup circuit as sterile as the 1.5-mile Chicagoland Speedway. The epitome of a cookie-cutter oval, there will likely be few, if any, surprises at the front this Saturday night, so make sure you leave your underdog drivers sitting on the bench. Indeed, the big names of the big teams are likely to dominate in such a convincing manner that the little guys might as well not make the trek from Daytona. Still, there are big names out there who have been unable to get a grasp on the constantly-curved Illinois circuit, so leave it to the Frontstretch Fantasy Insider to ensure you avoid these tricky gusts and wind your team’s way into victory lane in the Windy City.

Did You Notice? Truex Missed Teresa, Hall of Fame Snubs, Fan Tragedy Averted & Stewart’s Smelly Towel?

Did You Notice? With the Hall of Fame’s official selection of its top 25, debate’s now raging on which five will be picked to be part of the Hall’s inaugural class. When that happens, there will inevitably be drivers and teams that get snubbed… it’s just an unfortunate part of the process.

But with the narrowing of the field to these select few, there’s already a handful of snubs that have already occurred. While the committee did a fantastic job, here’s three people I feel should have been given the honor of being part of that special “final” group.

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