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Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2010 Bristol Night Race Recap

It’s rare a race is won entering pit road, but Kyle Busch aggressively pushed the limit, passing leader Jamie McMurray as the two entered the Bristol pits for the final sequence of stops. The No. 18 team got Busch out well ahead of the No. 1 car and from there Kyle was off to the house.

Fact or Fiction: A Look at the Chase, Team Red Bull & Brad Keselowski’s Popularity

Speaking of Team Red Bull, Vickers’s return, Scott Speed and the addition of Kasey Kahne in 2011 has left three drivers under contract for next season. The team has two options: run two cars or put Kahne in the No. 82 and let Speed out of his contract.

Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2010 Food City 250 at Bristol

Nationwide Series fans should probably be long accustomed to Cup drivers setting completely meaningless milestones in the minor league ranks, and Friday night’s Food City 250 was no exception.

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2010 Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol

Bristol brought a lot of side-by-side racing, but not a lot of mayhem. There were scrapes and slaps, but Juan Pablo Montoya added a punt to the list when he sent Johnson hard into the retaining wall. Montoya went on to finish seventh, but he’s not going to be feeling the love from Johnson anytime soon.

Fantasy Insider: Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle Have History & Momentum Heading to Bristol

Ah, the Bristol night race is upon us. And while the Chase format has watered down this race as no one driver wants to actually race a Chase contender and up knock him into the wall, its still one of the better races of the year. If they really wanted to spruce things up they …

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No Bull: Short-Term Gain for Long-Term Pain With NASCAR’s Newest CoT

Let me get this much out of the way: The new NASCAR Nationwide cars look awesome. The sight of Brad Keselowski‘s Dodge Challenger invokes images of the past while looking like a true muscle car – certainly something that can’t be said of the Impala and Camry. (Chevrolet admitted last weekend that the Camaro won’t …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Why ESPN Excelled at Michigan Coverage

Hello, race fans. It’s that time once again – critique time! This past weekend, the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide series were at Michigan International Speedway. Meanwhile, the Camping World Truck Series had a standalone race at Darlington Raceway on Saturday night. How were these telecasts to watch on TV? Let’s find out.

Nuts for Nationwide: Fast Forward to 2011… & a Real Nationwide Series Title Battle

On NASCAR’s midweek teleconference was Nationwide Series points leader Brad Keselowski, and surprisingly his current exploitation of the Nationwide Series with Carl and Friends highlighted the session. When asked about the rumors swirling that the Nationwide Series will undergo alterations for the 2011 season, especially with regard to Cup driver participation, Keselowski acknowledged that big …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in NASCAR Sprint Cup: 2010 Watkins Glen-Michigan Edition

With the checkered flag at Watkins Glen, NASCAR’s two-race road-course experiment has been shelved for another season. If only Marcos Ambrose had four more ahead of him, we might see the No. 47 in victory lane, after all. Instead, he and Juan Pablo Montoya must adjust to the daunting prospect of all left turns at …

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Fact or Fiction: Has Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Entered the Ranks of NASCAR’s Elite?

Following a breakthrough campaign that early in the Chase pitted Juan Pablo Montoya against title favorite Jimmie Johnson for the championship, the No. 42 Earnhardt Ganassi Racing team was expected to repeat as title contenders in 2010. But as the DNFs have piled up, they’ve been unable to replicate the consistency that led to 18 top 10s and an eventual eighth-place finish in points.

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