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Fantasy Insider: 3-Race Sprint to the Finish Starts at Texas

The Chase is winding down, and go figure, the No. 48 team is threatening to end the 2009 season well before the final race at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. Johnson has been on a tear of late, with top-two finishes at both Lowe’s Motor Speedway and the short track of Martinsville… not to mention surviving the …

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Did You Notice? NASCAR’s Burning to the Ground & Why The Truck Series Stays Sound

Did You Notice? The out-and-out rebellion going on in every aspect of NASCAR right now? It started from the drop of the green on Sunday, when the drivers’ single-file Talladega parade for most of the race was the closest thing to a driver protest I’ve seen in 20 years of following this sport. Then, in …

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Logano Has Great Finish, Keselowski Has Controversial Finish While Speed Can’t Finish at Talladega

Logano added yet another accolade to his rapidly growing resume as he did what he needed to do to record a solid third-place finish at Talladega, something a lot of veterans even struggle to do. The rookie said that he was searching for both a line and drafting partners throughout the event and it paid off.

Fantasy Insider: Guiding Your Team Through the Big One to Talladega Success

From the shortest track to the longest track, that’s the story of the Cup circuit these days. After tackling the bullring of Martinsville, stock car racing’s best now return to the annual “lottery,” 500 miles of knee-buckling action at Talladega. Everyone knows about the Big One, the high-speed racing… and now, apparently, that the track …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Kroger on Track for the Cure 250 at Memphis

After a night of domination by Kyle Busch last week at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, the Kroger on Track for the Cure 250 at Memphis Motorsports Park by contrast was a race that several wheelmen could have won as the lead was swapped by an event-record eight drivers. In the last standalone Nationwide event of the …

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Bowles-Eye View: Help Wanted! NASCAR’s Charlotte Buzz Goes Silent

Every sport has a certain time where there’s so much news it practically grows on trees. It’s a journalist’s favorite time of year; one where working overtime is a joy and not a curse, in the midst of sudden scoops and a cell phone that never stops ringing. The winds of change, good or bad, bring debate and discussion that keep the sport as lively off the track as it can be entertaining on it.

That’s how the Fall weekend at Lowe’s Motor Speedway usually is for NASCAR. With race shops just a stone’s throw away, the hometown race proves the perfect place to finalize plans, announce new teams, and generate overall buzz for next year. At the halfway point in the Chase, it’s the calm before the championship storm, a “timeout” so to speak where everyone has the chance to breathe long enough to focus on 2010 — especially now, when the chilly air gets us all thinking of the warmth and beauty of Daytona just around the corner. Add in Wednesday’s landmark announcement of the first five Hall of Fame nominees, and this particular week began the way these weeks often should, a bonus boost with a chance to carry some serious momentum through Saturday night.

Bubble Breakdown: Team Red Bull Full “Speed” Ahead in Battle for Final Locked-In Spot

Last Saturday night, NASCAR ran for the final time at what has been known as Lowe’s Motor Speedway for well over a decade. The track will still be there in 2010, but it’ll have a new name as Lowe’s announced earlier in the year it wouldn’t renew its sponsorship deal. And while we’re on the …

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Joey Logano Keeps Missing His Pit From Becoming a Missed Opportunity at Lowe’s

Last week, Joey Logano learned the lesson of making the best out of an ill-handling car by simply surviving to the finish. This week’s lesson is on how to handle adversity. Earlier in the season, this young rookie may have written off his chances after suffering an early race misfortune such as the one that happened on pit road during Saturday’s event.

Bowles-Eye View: Brad Keselowski Looking to Add a Few Good Men at Penske

When Roger Penske signed Brad Keselowski to his roster, he thought he was simply signing a rookie with serious potential. But it turns out his arrival comes with one small wish list: add a couple of extra people to the team. Like, dozens. “One of the gaps that I noticed drastically at Penske is they’re …

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