Tag Archives: David Ragan

Frontstretch Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2008 LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at Loudon

The LENOX Industrial Tools 301 was billed as a race that went "the extra mile," but it's actually all the miles that didn't happen which led to a major jumble in both the race -- and our power rankings. With rain wreaking havoc on the final running order, you had Kurt Busch, Michael Waltrip, and JJ Yeley as the top three finishers with just 284 laps completed -- a wild conclusion to a wacky finish at the Magic Mile of the Northeast. But could any of the weekend's big surprises gain enough momentum to enter the top 15 in our exclusive list? Read on to find the answers you seek, and see if you agree with how the Frontstretch writers voted this week.

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: How To Get The Extra Mile From Your Team At Loudon

After a weekend filled with wine and cheese, the drivers are headed to the Northeast for lobsters, beer, and a return to the guts and glory of oval track racing. New Hampshire is a tricky little track with variable banking that makes multiple racing lines available to the drivers -- they can run high, low, and in-between. The CoT remains a mystery not everyone has figured out. Some teams who were dominant last year are struggling; and if they're still on your roster, chances are you're part of a program that's simply trying to get up to speed. To make the best choices for your team, read on to see who the experts chose this week in Picks 'N' Pans.

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Frontstretch Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2008 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma

It was Kyle Busch who reestablished himself firmly atop the rankings this week, coming off his series high fifth victory of the season. Behind him, main rival Dale Earnhardt Jr. slipped from first to third after failing to execute a successful fuel mileage strategy two weeks in a row. Around them, it was pure mayhem as several drivers moved up and down on the basis of their road-course expertise. On the other end of the spectrum, Kevin Harvick’s bonsai dive into the hairpin that ended the victory chances of Tony Stewart and Jamie McMurray cost him his spot in the Chase; but did it cost him a spot in our Top 15? Read on to find the answers and see if you agree with how the Frontstretch writers voted this week.

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Nuts for Nationwide: Pretenders and Contenders for the 2008 Crown

With 16 races down and 21 remaining in the Nationwide Series, we have a long way to go. But after two straight maiden victories for two of the most promising young drivers in the sport, there is a lot to like about this year’s Nationwide Series championship. After a couple of blow out seasons--Kevin Harvick won the title at a canter in 2006 as did Carl Edwards in 2007--it looks like 2008 will be much more competitive. So who are the contenders and the pretenders for the 2008 NASCAR Nationwide crown? Who are we likely to be saluting come November? Who has a better than average chance and who are the pretenders – the men who might just pull off a surprise and win it all?

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: Road Course Leads To Roster Shakeup At Sonoma

Twists and turns, ups and downs, fuel mileage and wine -- all will come into play this weekend at Infineon Raceway for the Cup Series. But this weekend’s race filled with left and right turns can really play havoc on fantasy teams where owners are limited to only live drivers and no bench. Road courses can really tax a team who has been running well, but has one or two drivers who are not successful at them. To get the best choices for drivers who will be the prime vintage this weekend, read on to see who the experts chose this week in Picks 'N' Pans.

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Frontstretch Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2008 LifeLock 400 at Michigan

The Irish Hills of Michigan once again produced a fuel mileage finish that will have people buzzing for weeks. Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s strategic win -- one that came packaged with a little luck -- was enough to move him up the rankings. But did he knock off rival Kyle Busch? We'll tell you this much; for the first time in months, Busch is not alone atop the charts. Who were those surprises, and which Penske Racing driver is just barely receiving votes these days? Read on to see if you agree or disagree with the latest choices by the Frontstretch writers.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2008 LifeLock 400 at Michigan Edition

The long-awaited first Hendrick-Earnhardt victory finally came this week at Michigan, but it didn't come without controversy. Winning on fuel mileage, the No. 88 team worked some pit strategy to make it to Victory Lane; however, Matt Kenseth and Brian Vickers have criticized Dale Earnhardt Jr. and NASCAR for allowing the eventual winner to pass the pace car under caution. And Earnhardt wasn't the only one who enjoyed success at the 2-mile oval; the Red Bull and Roush Fenway teams also had strong runs. Will this hot topic land all three teams on the HOT list this week? Check out this week's edition of Who's Hot/Who's Not in Sprint Cup for the answer.

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Frontstretch Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2008 Pocono 500

The tricky triangle in Pennsylvania had several twists and turns for the Cup drivers this past weekend. Who left the track climbing up the Pocono mountains? Read on to find out in the latest edition of our Power Rankings, and see if you agree or disagree with the choices of your favorite Frontstretch writers.

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Frontstretch Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2008 Best Buy 400 at Dover

The Monster Mile wasn’t as much of a monster as it's been in the past -- that is, after an early race melee involved six of the top 12 drivers in the point standings. But while the rest of the day may have put you to sleep, it did allow for some decisive moves in the rankings this week. The Roush Fenway brigade all climbed up in the order except for David Ragan, while Kasey Kahne, Tony Stewart, and Clint Bowyer were among those who took big hits in the poll this week. Behind them, what underdog driver received enough love to move back into the top 15 -- kicking out someone who's spent nearly all year cruising along in the top 12 in points? Read on to find out, and see if you agree or disagree with the latest choices by our Frontstretch writers.

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