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Hamlin Overcomes the Odds, Wins 2010 Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Just 19 Days After ACL Surgery

“When you win, nothing hurts.” – Joe Namath A good athlete becomes great once they thrive on overcoming the odds to achieve their goals. For them, injuries are not a white flag of surrender but rather an obstacle they step over en route to victory. On Monday, we saw one of these gold-medal performances play …

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Running Their Mouth: 2010 Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas

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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What’s Vexing Vito: NASCAR’s Most Popular Prospects Records Not as Stellar as You’d Expect

While the news of Kasey Kahne’s impending departure has dominated the news of last couple days, and pushed back an article I had originally intended to write. In my contribution from yesterday on Frontstretch , I proposed the notion that while Kahne is being tabbed to replace Mark Martin in the No. 5 Hendrick Chevrolets, …

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Voice of Vito: Kasey Kahne to Hendrick Motorsports – But for Martin or Earnhardt?

ESPN reported Tuesday afternoon that Kasey Kahne has signed a multi-year agreement with Rick Hendrick, leaving Richard Petty Motorsports effective the end of the 2010 season. The announcement comes as quite a blow to RPM, who had been riding a wave of good fortune in recent weeks with Paul Menard’s improbable top-12 points performance and …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Subway Fresh Fit 600 at Phoenix

The duel in the desert Saturday night came packaged with a sudden late-night plot twist that led to a green-white-checkered finish for the ages. When the smoke cleared, it was a shocking winner (Ryan Newman) whose 77-race losing streak came to an end while allowing the frustration from other victory droughts (Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon) …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2010 Subway Fresh Fit 600 at Phoenix Edition

This year’s spring race at Phoenix was hampered by three things: faulty pit strategy, bugs and a race that was 100 kilometers more than it actually should be. Seriously, why in the world would organizers add laps to an event – on a Saturday night, no less – when the number one complaint amongst the …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Racing? At Victory Junction, Earnhardt is About So Much More

Sometimes, it’s not about the racing. In fact, at Victory Junction it wasn’t even allowed to be on Saturday – the ground rules for the press conference, according to host Kyle Petty, included, “No stupid racing questions.” And everyone complied, because despite the principals being all about NASCAR, driving fast and turning left wasn’t on …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville

Fans had to wait an extra day for one of the most exciting finishes in awhile, but it was definitely worth it. Denny Hamlin was once again victorious in his home state, good enough to move him back into the Power Rankings just before he goes under the knife for a torn ACL. Back in …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2010 Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville

On a green-white-checkered restart in overtime (lap 507), the No. 11 car of Denny Hamlin on four fresh tires tagged the back of the No. 39 Haas Automation Chevrolet of Ryan Newman, then the No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet of Jeff Gordon – and then the No. 17 Crown Royal Ford of Matt Kenseth, clearing the way for him to take the lead and the victory.

5 Points to Ponder: Earnhardt’s Error, Biffle Steady, Hamlin Heroics…

Turns out race six of the 2010 season was worth the wait after all, with Denny Hamlin recording an absolutely improbable victory. Pitting from the lead, with less than 10 laps to go, Hamlin bullied and harried his way from ninth all the way to the front in a manner reminiscent of his win at …

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