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Casey Mears Has Tough Task Ahead Replacing Denny Hamlin

Denny Hamlin’s ACL surgery could make-or-break his chance at the Chase. But for his handpicked sub, that same stretch of races could make-or-break his career. Casey Mears was selected Saturday to sub for Hamlin while he recovers from ACL surgery. It’s a deal that came together in just a few days, but one Mears knows …

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Testing Ban Another Example of NASCAR’s Brilliance

Looking at the news from this past week, one would never know that there is a testing freeze in place in NASCAR. The Sprint Cup Series tested at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a new spoiler package. Boris Said and Roush Fenway Racing were running laps at Road America in preparation for the first ever Nationwide …

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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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Holding a Pretty Wheel: UNqualified Failure – Racing Isn’t About Speed Anymore

While 43 race teams prepared their cars for Saturday’s last practice sessions and Sunday’s race at Auto Club Speedway, what was happening to three other teams told an entirely different story. As race preparations began, the No. 90 Keyed-Up Motorsports entry driven by Casey Mears, the No. 36 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet driven by Johnny …

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Did You Notice? Admirable NASCAR Underdogs, The Power of Motivation & Chase Boredom… Already

Did You Notice? The stars of Speedweeks so far (with the exception of Mark Martin) have been drivers with something to prove? After a miserable 2009 that ended with an all-but-public pronouncement he’s leaving RCR after 2010, Kevin Harvick won the Bud Shootout, with fellow free-agent-to-be Kasey Kahne right behind him in second. Jamie McMurray, …

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Under Different Circumstances, Casey Mears at Long Odds to Make Daytona 500

This is uncharted territory for Casey Mears. The driver who has piloted entries for Chip Ganassi Racing, Hendrick Motorsports and Richard Childress Racing throughout his seven-year career has never had to race his way into the Daytona 500 via the Gatorade Duel 150 qualifying races. Until today. Signed for six races with newly founded Keyed-Up …

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2010 Bubble Preview: Nerve-Wracking 1st 5 Races for the Underdogs

Editors’ Note: Brock Beard takes over the Bubble Breakdown for 2010. Look for Mike Ravesi’s writing in a new, Thursday Fantasy Racing column – right here on Frontstretch! With qualifying out of the way and the Gatorade Duels upon us this week, it’s just a matter of days before the 2010 season officially begins. So …

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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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