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Frontstretch Fantasy Insider: Red, White & Checkers

It’s Independence Day weekend! As millions of Americans across the country will be celebrating that hallowed day back in 1776 when our Founding Fathers led the charge in declaring themselves free from a tyrannical foe (only back then it was a foreign government, not domestic), stock car racing will be celebrating a return to its most hallowed grounds: the Daytona International Speedway. Restrictor plate racing under the lights on the Fourth of July is a guaranteed recipe for fireworks, and the Frontstretch Fantasy Insider will make sure they’re going off in your pit stall Saturday night.

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at Loudon Edition

Joey Logano stole some history at New Hampshire on Sunday, becoming the youngest driver to win a Sprint Cup race by not pitting his No. 20 Home Depot Toyota during the last round of pit stops, taking a gamble and hoping for rain at his home track. Crew chief Greg Zipadelli’s decision quickly made up for Logano’s run-in with Ryan Newman, as well as the resulting flat tire and spin that resulted from it midway through the race. But while Logano’s upset victory continues to be the big story, there were a few other upstart runs, as well, considering that rained-out qualifying placed the top points contenders in the top-starting positions.

Running Their Mouth: 2009 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 car owners themselves. This week, here’s a peek at what the drivers were thinking following the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Fan’s View: Kyle Busch Wrecking the Field… or was it Junior?

Martin Truex Jr. knew who hit him. He knew he wasn’t the one at fault. He knew that Dale Earnhardt Jr. spun his tires when the green flag waved. He knew his bright green TomTom No. 1 wouldn’t be taking off any time soon and right now, with his helmet in hand, he knew exactly …

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Happy Hour: Scott Wimmer is Worthy of a Better Shot

While Dale Earnhardt Jr. was being interviewed on 60 Minutes, he said that there’s a Dale Earnhardt Jr. or a Jeff Gordon on short tracks around the country. In sports – in the entertainment industry in general – there are thousands of talented people who toil away for the best years of their lives and …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Bill Weber, You Lied To Us

Hello, race fans. Last weekend was a busy weekend, with the ARCA Re/Max Series, Sprint Cup and Truck series at Michigan while the Nationwide Series raced in front of a near-sellout crowd in Kentucky. However, I’ll keep things relatively brief with the support series to start, because I’m going to bring on the vitriol towards …

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 LifeLock 400 at Michigan

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 peek at what the drivers were thinking following the LifeLock 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Holding a Pretty Wheel: Too Vanilla or Too Obnoxious? Where’s the Middle Ground?

It isn’t easy to please race fans. That becomes evident in any discussion about drivers. One guy isn’t talented enough, and if he has a family name with a racing history, well then, by gum, he’d better live up to it or else! The next is too talented, apparently, because he wins too much, whatever …

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Mirror Driving: Judging Double-File Restarts, Benson’s Pink Slip, & of Course… Busch & Earnhardt

NASCAR appeared to listen to drivers and fans with the new double-file restart rule. Did they make the right call?

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