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Who’s Hot / Who’s Not: Kentucky-Daytona Edition

Things were indeed blue in the Bluegrass State after afternoon showers passed over Kentucky Speedway.  Brad Keselowski rocketed back into immediate consideration with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ current top teams, making some history along the way. This edition of Who’s Hot and Who’s Not is as close to a …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2011 Irwin Tools Night Race From Bristol

There are two sides to every story, and this week’s “huh?” actually goes to both sides of the same issue: pit road timing. After Jeff Gordon was beaten off pit road by Brad Keselowski on the final stop, he complained that Keselowski had taken advantage of a somewhat antiquated system of timing the cars’ average time between marked segments on pit road rather than by actual speed at any given point.

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Fantasy Insider: Lighting The Way To Your Own Chase Success at Loudon

_And so beginneth the creation that Brian calls the Chase. For 12 select drivers, Sunday's green flag will mark the start of a 10-race pursuit of a dream; but for 31 others, it's a chance to end 2009 on a high note. So as the title contenders continue to stroke the points in their made-for-TV drama, the chances for the track nicknamed the "Magic Mile" to live up to its name will be there. Keep in mind that for 3/4 of the field, there's no longer any reason not to go for broke, giving them an extra level of aggression that's sure to spice up the competition on this one-mile oval. The Sylvania 300 will undoubtedly dim the lights for some come race's end, but the Frontstretch Fantasy Insider will have your roster shining bright._

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The Right Fit: Why Brad Keselowski Joining Penske Racing in 2010 Will Work

On Tuesday, the worst kept secret in NASCAR was made official, as it was confirmed that Brad Keselowski has joined Penske Racing as the new driver of their No. 12 Dodges for 2010 and beyond. The 25-year-old from Rochester Hills, Michigan, who has been at the employ of JR Motorsports for the past two seasons in the Nationwide Series, is making the jump to Sprint Cup next season full-time, as well as competing full-time for the Nationwide Series championship with his new organization. But with his existing ties to Chevrolet (and perhaps more importantly, Hendrick Motorsports), some have questioned as to why Keselowski would make this move at this point in his career. My initial reaction: Why _wouldn’t_ he?

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Did You Notice? NASCAR’s A Young Man’s Game, Chasing Survival, And Highway Robbery

*Did You Notice?* … That with Michael Waltrip and now Bobby Labonte possibly out of full-time rides in 2010, the Cup Series has become more of a young man’s game than ever before – and the age of gray-haired success stories may finally be gone for good. Looking at the lineup of 2010 full-time teams, just four men age 40 or older are set to show up with fully-sponsored cars: Mark Martin, Jeff Burton, Robby Gordon, and Greg Biffle (who turns 40 in December). Why is that such a big deal? A quick look back at the landscape of Cup Series champions shows that 40 used to be the age drivers would reach their peak … not fall into either retirement or obscurity. Just look at the average age of Cup Series champions from 1990 through 2000...

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Top 15 Finish Has Scott Speed in Striking Distance of Top 35

Well bubble fans it looks like we’re losing one of our bubble dwellers, again. During the week it has been reported that David Stremme will be replaced in the No. 12 Team Penske Dodge by rising star Brad Keselowski in 2010 if not sooner. David was just not getting the job done for team Penske, sitting in 31st in the owner’s standings while driving for an organization that has seen the resurgence of Kurt Busch and a huge improvement with Sam Hornish Jr. With Keselowski, Roger Penske gets a driver that has equaled the number of top ten finishes posted by Stremme and has done it in just eight races this year compared to 98 career starts for David. And while Stremme has yet to win a race at NASCAR’S top level, Mr. Keselowski has the dramatic win at Talladega back a few months ago on his resume. So with news of his impending departure, would Stremme get up on the wheel and go out with a bang or just fizzle out? Read on to see how David and the rest of the bubble teams did at Bristol Motor Speedway in this week’s edition of the Bubble Breakdown.

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Fanning the Flames: Penalties And Robby Gordon… A NASCAR Tradition Since 1991!

*How was it Robby Gordon and [Joey] Logano were not penalized for rough driving long before Gordon drove him into the wall [in Saturday’s Nationwide Series race at the Glen]? NASCAR penalized Gordon and [David] Stremme at Pocono for basically the same behavior.* *No penalty this time and someone ended up on fire because of it. This could have been avoided. Sit them down before it gets to that point, NASCAR.* _— Amilee Watts_ *A:* I always take a beating for my responses to questions involving Robby Gordon. Therefore, let me preface this by saying I think Robby is one Heluva Good! race car driver who does more with raw, unadulterated talent than most anyone on the circuit. And I make the proceeding comments fully aware of the backlash that's to come. But …

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