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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona

Daytona lived up to its wild reputation Saturday night, triggering another classic Big One that shook up the 43-car field faster than your local bingo caller before calling out a number. By the time the spinning stopped, 19 cars – including a host of the top runners – were taken out in the melee, and …

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No Bull: It’s a NASCAR Playoff War: Rating 8 Contenders for the Final 2 Chase Spots

Now that the smoke has cleared from that 19-car pileup at Daytona, the battle for the final two spots in the 2010 Chase for the Cup is as cluttered as turn 3 was on Saturday night. In my view, 10 men are safe, leaving eight drivers 180 points apart with chances to claim one of …

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Voice of Vito: Who Can Make a Move? Daytona Sight of 7-Man Battle Royale for Final Chase Spots

To say things are a bit crowded around the 12th and final Chase spot is like saying you might bump into somebody in Beijing on a bicycle. The fight to get into the final transfer spot come Richmond in September is setting up to be an epic bloodbath, the likes of which will make the …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at Loudon

Everyone thought that a little game of road course bumper cars at Infineon would stir up the Frontstretch Power Rankings. But one week later, it was actually the (mostly) caution-free, flat one-mile oval in New Hampshire that threw the top 15 into the blender. Four drivers climbed into the rankings this week, while four fell …

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Running Their Mouth: 2010 LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at Loudon

Each week, we’ll go through media reports, interviews, PR and all of our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Sprint Cup race, capturing the story of how the weekend unfolded. It’s the most original commentary you’ll ever find: the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of the drivers, crew members and …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon

A typical road-course weekend saw a few names you don’t normally see up front, and some you expected to see up front relegated to poor finishes through no fault of their own. When the smoke cleared from a day filled with bumper cars and bumpy strategies, Jimmie Johnson surprisingly took home the checkered flag for …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2010 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Edition

Is Infineon Raceway NASCAR’s new Bristol? It seems like an outrageous comparison on paper, a 1.99-mile road course typically more lamb than lion. But try telling that to a handful of crews on Monday, busy working overtime while drowning in a sea of broken pieces and red ink. Not only was just about every car …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Heluva Good! 400 at Michigan

The Irish Hills of Michigan were not the scene of a fuel-mileage strategy play this weekend; instead, the drama scenes fizzled in the face of total domination by Denny Hamlin. Not even mystery debris could cloud the ending of a race thoroughly controlled by the No. 11 from start to finish. Kasey Kahne, Jeff Gordon …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 at Pocono

They call it the Tricky Triangle for a reason, and a serious last-lap melee involving eight cars was the latest Pocono pitfall that knocked out a number of top contenders late. Among those taking hits on the track and in the Power Rankings included Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin, Kasey Kahne and Martin Truex Jr., creating a …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: Post-Pocono Feud Edition

Much has been written about Denny Hamlin’s late-race charge to the front, but Pocono’s action-packed ending only had room for so many to make a comeback. For every Hamlin and Kyle Busch, there were two Kasey Kahnes who saw a top-five finish blow up in the form of wrong cautions at the wrong time, not …

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