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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Scott Speed Provides 2009 Preview as 2008 Freshman Candidates Fizzle

In an attempt to secure a starting position for Scott Speed in the first five events of 2009, Team Red Bull elected to put veteran Brian Vickers in Speed’s No. 84 team, while the rookie drove the No. 83 normally driven by his teammate. The move paid off, as not only did Vickers put his teammate’s car back into the Top 35 in points, but Speed enjoyed the best weekend of his short career in sunny South Florida.

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Brad Keselowski has Impressive Debut While Joey Logano Struggles

Strapping yourself behind the wheel of a Rick Hendrick car is almost equivalent to placing a cape on your back…it almost makes you superman. With Jimmie Johnson on his way to a remarkable third straight championship and three drivers in the Chase, it seems like there is no such thing as a bad Hendrick team, and Brad Keselowski’s No. 25 was no exception. Let’s make sure we give some credit to the driver though. With two wins and 10 top fives in the Nationwide Series, the Michigan-native has proven that he can wheel a racecar with the best of them. Match that with the fact that his boss is taking the time to develop this young talent, and you have a driver who may very well not only be the future star of Hendrick Motorsports but of the entire sport. There’s no doubt about it, Keselowski’s debut was impressive as he recovered from a shaky start, kept his car out of trouble and finished the race with a top 20. I’m looking forward to seeing him in his next race at this level.

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Where Have All The Rookies Gone? Sent Home By Idealistic Owners

The true rookie story of this race is about those drivers who were not here. Yes, some anticipated debuts were ruined by the weather, but it is not Brad Keselowski, Bryan Clauson or even Scott Speed that I am talking about. No, it is the dismissal of Patrick Carpentier and the continued sabbatical for Michael McDowell that disturbs me. I would really like to know what goes on inside the head of a Sprint Cup owner when they set expectations for a rookie driver with little to no experience at racing’s top level. I’m beginning to think that some team executives expect a driver to jump into the seat of a stock car for the first time and immediately race his way into the Chase.

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Pocono Shocker – Chad McCumbee Bests Freshmen Field In Pennsylvania

Considering Chad McCumbee’s struggles to even make a race this year, it comes as no surprise that he really was not on anybody’s radar to finish well at Pocono. In fact, many may be wondering why McCumbee is being utilized by Kyle Petty as an interim replacement when drivers with much more experience are available. But his performance this past Sunday may have provided us with a glimpse of what Petty sees in this kid; and it's easy to see after this one that McCumbee is a quick learner.

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Tracking the Trucks: 2008 Power Stroke Diesel 200 at IRP

Johnny Benson took the checkered flag 0.484 seconds ahead of Ron Hornaday Jr. to win the Power Stroke Diesel 200 Friday night at O'Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis. Benson held the lead in a two-lap shootout with Hornaday Jr. to score his second win in a row, extending his points lead in the series to 15 over the defending Truck Series champ. Erik Darnell, Matt Crafton, and Shelby Howard rounded out the top five.

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Frontstretch Power Rankings: Top 15 Free Agents For 2009

With the off week in full swing, it presented an opportunity for the Frontstretch experts to do something a little different. Instead of grading the Cup guys, we took a look at those drivers who often get shunned from the spotlight these days... the drivers exclusive to the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series desperate to make a name for themselves. These divisions are filled with established veterans and young guns mixed together to provide a cornucopia of driving talent. And since you never know when a Cup ride will become available... we thought it's high time to figure out who's proved himself most worthy of filling the spot as of late. Read on to see if your favorite non-Cup driver made the list in this special edition of the Top 15.

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Michael McDowell Terrifies at Texas

The No. 10 Dodge qualified for their fourth event in the last five races on Friday, and the momentum did not stop there... although it could have. The Valvoline Charger started Sunday afternoon in the 27th position, but did not progress through the field immediately. In fact, Patrick Carpentier and crew chief Mike Shiplett were faced with finding a cure for a particularly "moody" car throughout the race. "We started out loose-in tight in the middle, and then we fixed the loose-in... then, we went after the tight in the middle and he was pretty happy there at the end," remarked Shiplett. However, as many drivers have observed this season, the success or failure of a team lies more in the hands of the driver now with the new car than ever before, and the Canadian is learning how to step up to that challenge:

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Did You Notice? Greg Biffle’s Bump, Penske In The Dumps, And Multi-Car Expansion Trumps All

Did You Notice? In the wake of the RCR sponsorship announcement on their long-awaited fourth car, the widening gap in NASCAR between the haves and the have nots? Let's assume for a second that Joey Logano does so well in the Nationwide Series this year, Joe Gibbs Racing chooses to start up their fourth team for the 2009 season. That means you would have no fewer than five organizations at the four-car limit: Hendrick Motorsports, Dale Earnhardt Inc., Roush Fenway Racing (five teams), Gibbs, and Childress. Behind them, you'd have another four programs with three cars, at least two of which are also looking to expand in 2009: Penske Racing, Chip Ganassi Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing, and Gillett Evernham Motorsports.

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Frontstretch Power Rankings: Top 15 Drivers You Aren’t Seeing on Sunday

The first off week of the season allowed our staff to take a look at the other racing series that NASCAR has to offer; as such, they did a little ranking of some other drivers that the fans love to follow. Whether they are seasoned veterans in the waning years of their career, or young drivers who are trying to prove themselves, they were all considered for this poll of the best stock car driver without a full-time ride in the Sprint Cup Series. Check below to see if your budding superstar -- or old favorite -- made our list!

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Nationwide and Trucks: 2008 Easter Edition

While Sprint Cup and Craftsman Truck teams were home this Easter weekend -- spending quality time with family and catching up on March Madness -- the Nationwide Series spent Saturday afternoon roaring around Nashville Superspeedway, the series' sixth stop this season. While this column is normally reserved for discussing the trends of the hottest and coldest teams in Sprint Cup, on this off week we'll take a quick look at what's going on in the other series; and considering who's raced most recently, Nationwide plays a prominent role in the column to come. Come in and see who else is sharing that fire in this week's edition of Who's Hot/Who's Not. At this point, we take a look at which non-Buschwackers, or Nationwhackers, or Insurance Adjusters, or whatever they're called now, in NASCAR's other two premier series.

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