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Fantasy Insider: Gordon, Stewart Your Top Dogs in Georgia

Last week was a mixed bag as far as my fantasy predictions went. You did well if you picked my mid-pack duo of Joey Logano (sixth) and Scott Speed (22nd, plus five bonus points for a lap led). Hopefully, you also followed my advice of avoiding Juan Pablo Montoya, who finished 37th. Unfortunately, Montoya got …

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5 Points to Ponder: Juggernaut Jimmie, Mediocre Montoya & “Eh, Not again” Earnhardt

It wasn’t exactly the greatest race this past Sunday in Vegas, and a quick glance at Matt McLaughlin’s fantastic recap highlights this point graphically, with all his usual aplomb. A rating of just one out of a possible six was in my opinion about right in a race that for long stretches lacked any real …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not In Sprint Cup: 2010 Shelby American at Las Vegas Edition

With cars, casinos and caution lights run amok, Vegas had a little something for everyone this weekend (or in the case of Kim Kardashian, no one). But as you’d expect with most trips to Sin City, only a handful of drivers came out a winner in a race that was dominated by one of the …

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Fanning the Flames: Earnhardt’s Adversity, Cookie-Cutter Construction & Decal Dealin’

Q: First, I am a Dale Earnhardt Jr. fan, but enough is enough. I think it’s time to go and be a car owner and hire Kasey Kahne to drive the No. 88 while he’s available. “It’s loose, it’s loose,” that’s all we hear. I, for one, am tired of the whining. Thanks, just had to vent.

Running Their Mouth: 2010 Auto Club 500 at Fontana

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 car owners themselves. This week, here’s a sneak peek at what they all were thinking following the Auto Club 500.

Happy Hour: What’s Left To Be Said About The Daytona 520

There I sat in my capacity as Official Columnist of NASCAR, after two long delays, which at least enabled me to spend some time with visiting in-laws that have zero interest in racing. Before the first green-white-we’ll-figure-it-out-eventually, my three fantasy drivers that day, Mark Martin, Jeff Burton and Jeff Gordon, were all in the top …

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Fanning the Flames: Letters From You on a Red-Flagged Sunday Afternoon

Here I sit, red flagged and broken hearted, Tried to watch a race, but the asphalt parted. A few of you had a couple of hours to kill last Sunday and decided to drop me a line. Q: What’s as troubling as the pothole opening up in the middle of the biggest race of the …

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Fantasy Racing Insider: Look No Further Than Roush Fenway for Fontana

Well, last week wasn’t too horrible for me – or for you, if you took my fantasy advice – when all was said and done. Four of my drivers finished in the top 25, all of them finished in the top 30, and four of them logged bonus points for leading laps. All three of …

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Voice of Vito: Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Daytona Rally a Shot in the Dark?

It sure was an eventful Speedweeks for Dale Earnhardt Jr. First, he was able to qualify his No. 88 AMP Energy Chevrolet on the outside of the front row two weekends ago. The following Saturday, his new entry in the Nationwide Series seemed to garner a lot of attention for some reason. The No. 7 …

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