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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.

Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2010 US Cellular 250 at Iowa

Despite not running for a Nationwide Series title in 2010, Kyle Busch had some unfinished business to tend to at Iowa Speedway; after all, he let Brad Keselowski snatch the checkered flag from him at the track’s inaugural NNS race last season. This time, he left no room for error. Leading 209 of the 250 …

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Full Throttle: Carl Edwards Just Doesn’t Get It

Carl Edwards just doesn’t get it. We’ve heard all about last Saturday night’s dustup between Edwards and Brad Keselowski and read all of the stories, so we won’t rehash it at this point in time. Now that the drivers are back at the track and in front of the media, though, we’re getting to hear …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: 1 Out of 2 Ain’t Bad? NASCAR Gets Only Gets 1 Penalty (Sort Of) Right

“He didn’t hit you; he rubbed you. And rubbin’, son, is racin.” –Robert Duvall as Harry Hogge in the movie Days of Thunder Rubbin’, son, has been a part of racin’ since, oh, probably the first race. A properly timed rub, in the form of a move called the bump-and-run, has been a method of …

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Voices From the Heartland: NASCAR Approves of Edwards’s Actions While Placating Whiny Fans

“We got going on that restart, [he] knocked me out of the way, and I thought, I don’t care if I win this race or not; I don’t care if I finish this damn thing, I’m running into him and getting by one way or another,” Carl Edwards said after winning the Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers …

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Fanning the Flames: Fan Reaction to Carl vs. Brad Round II, Including Penalties

NASCAR drew the proverbial line in the sand yesterday that separates “boys being boys” from “boys behaving badly.” Its Wednesday afternoon ruling brought a head to four days of speculation, commentary and outcry from a fanbase and a racing media that increasingly seems to tell NASCAR that it doesn’t like what it sees, and will …

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NASCAR Penalizes Carl Edwards, Brad Keselowski Following Gateway Fracas

Carl Edwards received a $25,000 fine and a loss of 60 Nationwide Series driver points following his on-track retaliation against Brad Keselowski in last weekend’s Nationwide Series race at Gateway International Raceway. Keselowski and Edwards will both be placed on NASCAR probation for the remainder of the year. This is the second time Edwards and …

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Mirror Driving: Racing’s Version of the Triple Crown, Matt Kenseth’s Collapse & More

Chip Ganassi is going for a triple crown of sorts as a car owner. He’s already won the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500 this season… does he have a chance at the Brickyard 400, as well?

5 Points to Ponder: The Time is Now for 2011 Rules, Paying Back Cousin Carl & More

After seeing Carl Edwards, Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick dominate yet another weekend that was supposed to highlight the Nationwide Series and its own regulars, SceneDaily.com has again brought to our attention remarks made by Brian France that NASCAR is exploring means to discourage what has, for years, been a case of Cup Series superiority in the sanctioning body’s AAA division. Options apparently on the table include cutting points and money for Cup drivers in the field, limiting the number of starts a Cup full-timer can make and taking measures to ensure they cannot win the Nationwide title – as has been the case since Harvick annihilated the competition to jumpstart this mess four years ago.

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