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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2010 400 at Chicagoland

With crunch time fast approaching for the Chase, a quiet fourth-place run was just what the doctor ordered for Clint Bowyer and the No. 33 team. Bowyer moves into the last Chase spot for now, making car owner Richard Childress the only owner to have each one of his teams in the top dozen. That’s a huge turnaround for an organization that missed the Chase entirely not quite a year ago.

Running Their Mouth: 2010 Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona

“Same old Daytona, cars moving around and bouncing around and handling came into play and you saw a lot of passing and shuffling, and then there at the end we had the big wreck and we were fortunate to be in front of it. On the last restart, once the [No.] 24 pulled out and …

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Fanning the Flames: Figures Lie & Liars Figure… Or Do They?

As the circuit reaches its traditional halfway point this weekend during the annual July visit to Daytona, it got me thinking about how hard it is to handicap a plate race. I’ve got some experience here in that rating drivers, teams and tracks for fantasy racing games is what I’ve done for a living at …

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Fantasy Insider: Sift Through the Big One to Find Some Daytona Sleepers

Welcome back, everyone, to the Frontstretch Fantasy Insider. This weekend, NASCAR runs Saturday night at the historic Daytona International Speedway for the Coke Zero 400. Now, before you just go and revisit your successful Daytona 500 team, keep in mind these are two completely different animals. This weekend’s event is much hotter, slicker, held at …

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Voice of Vito: Who Can Make a Move? Daytona Sight of 7-Man Battle Royale for Final Chase Spots

To say things are a bit crowded around the 12th and final Chase spot is like saying you might bump into somebody in Beijing on a bicycle. The fight to get into the final transfer spot come Richmond in September is setting up to be an epic bloodbath, the likes of which will make the …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2010 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 at Michigan Edition

Pssst… pay attention! Don’t make me blow a vuvuzela in your ear. I know you’re still fast asleep, stuck on the couch after that Michigan snoozer. But guess what? Every race pays the same amount of points, no matter how exciting or boring it is. Plenty of teams ran the emotional gambit of happiness and …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 at Pocono

They call it the Tricky Triangle for a reason, and a serious last-lap melee involving eight cars was the latest Pocono pitfall that knocked out a number of top contenders late. Among those taking hits on the track and in the Power Rankings included Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin, Kasey Kahne and Martin Truex Jr., creating a …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Coca-Cola 600

After a month of May where Kyle and Kurt Busch combined to dominate the Cup circuit, did older brother do enough to bypass his younger sibling and lay claim to the top spot? Read this week’s edition of the Power Rankings to find out if our experts made it a shrubbery 1-2 sweep.

The Yellow Stripe: 2nd-Place Finishes Might Lead to Chase Nirvana for Jamie Mac

For the third time in five weekends of points-paying racing, Jamie McMurray finished up in second place at Charlotte Motor Speedway this past Sunday evening. Beaten with a perfect move by Kevin Harvick at Talladega in late April, then a better car driven by Denny Hamlin at Darlington in early May, McMurray reeled in Kurt …

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