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Did You Notice? NASCAR 1-Hit Wonders, Potholes Pan TV Ratings & Karma Bites a Start-And-Parker

Did You Notice? Jamie McMurray is the most PR-friendly driver to win the Daytona 500 since Michael Waltrip several years ago? Not only is he a fresh face atop the NASCAR world, but his pure excitement in winning NASCAR’s Super Bowl shines through in everything he does. And whether it’s schmoozing with Regis and Kelly …

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Mirror Driving: Daytona Debrief, Shocking Starts & Bad Bump-Drafts… in Trucks?

NASCAR made several rules changes in the offseason to improve the racing at Daytona and Talladega – allowing bump drafting anywhere on track, adding more attempts at a green-flag finish and pushing out a larger restrictor plate. Did the new rules do enough to provide great racing?

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Daytona 500

The parity of plate racing put some unfamiliar faces up front in NASCAR’s Super Bowl – jumbling up the Power Rankings like crazy after just one week. But while upset winner Jamie McMurray shot up the charts, it was Jimmie Johnson who lost out in the midst of underdog success – his rear axle failure …

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The Yellow Stripe: Lunch in New York with 2010 Daytona 500 Winner Jamie McMurray

I don’t suspect there were too many NASCAR fans disappointed by the switch of the end of season banquet from New York City to Las Vegas – but count me among the tiny minority that was upset. Having had the privilege and pleasure of living in the world’s greatest city (in my humble opinion) you …

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5 Points to Ponder: Of Potholes, Speedweeks & Qualifying Nightmares

Understandably, Jamie McMurray was thrilled after scoring the biggest win of his career. But in his post-race press conference, the usually calm and composed McMurray literally broke down into tears when speaking to the media, commenting on how his father was his best friend and the man he grew up racing with.

Holding a Pretty Wheel: Holy Chasms, Batman! How Will the 2010 Daytona 500 Be Remembered?

It made for some good jokes passed around on Twitter, while giving a couple of drivers the chance at a needed pit stop (and not for the car). But really, the hole that appeared in turn 2 at Daytona was symbolic of so much more: the gulf NASCAR has dug itself into over the past …

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Running Their Mouth: 2010 Daytona 500

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 sneak peek at what they all were thinking following the Great American Race, the Daytona 500.

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