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Grading the Pack, Part II: 2010 Drivers AJ Allmendinger – Matt Kenseth

Today, we grade the drivers from AJ Allmendinger to Brian Vickers, the top 40 in the Sprint Cup standings to date. Tomorrow, we’ll hand out the overall team grades in our Frontstretch Newsletter to finish off this four-part series. As with yesterday, this remains a dual effort between myself and site editor Tom Bowles, giving me a second opinion on which drivers passed or failed. Let us know whether you agree and disagree in the comments section below!

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Autism Speaks 400 at Dover

The Monster Mile was more like something from Monsters, Inc. this past weekend, but the G-rated version still served up a little mixture among the Power Rankings. The biggest news of the weekend was Jimmie Johnson forgetting what the pit-road speed was long enough to be penalized, throwing away a very good chance at winning …

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Voice of Vito: Brian’s Song – Vickers Would Be Wise to Wait This One Out

Playing hurt is something that virtually any driver will struggle with at some point in his career. The urge to remain in a car that is literally yours, custom built to your specifications around your dimensions can be overpowering. We all remember Dale Earnhardt being driven to tears at Indianapolis in 1996, giving way to …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2010 Autism Speaks 400 at Dover Edition

The day’s half-human, half-hate victor, Kyle Busch used the win to throw another punch into Johnson’s seemingly infallible record. But as the Joe Gibbs Racing teams heat up, is the heart of Hendrick Motorsports really cooling off? We’ll take a brief look, then remind you there are other teams competing on the grid each weekend in the latest edition of Who’s Hot/Who’s Not.

Running Their Mouth: 2010 Autism Speaks 400 at Dover

Welcome to Running Their Mouth! 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 Autism Speaks 400 at Dover International Speedway.

Pit-Road Penalty Hands Kyle Busch 2010 Autism Speaks 400 Victory at Dover

Sunday proved two things about the No. 48 team. First, there is absolutely nothing wrong with the four-time defending champions. The pit crew was flawless. Their car was on a rail. And Jimmie Johnson led the most laps at Dover for the third consecutive Cup race. Second, the No. 48 team, even at their best, …

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Happy Hour: Future Hall of Fame Arguments

Just this one writer’s opinion, but the best thing a Hall of Fame provides for a sport is the discussions it inspires amongst sportswriters and fans. Now that Matt McLaughlin has so eloquently made the case for the next five inductees, and I can’t dispute much of it, I thought I’d look at current folks …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Showtime Southern 500 at Darlington

The Track too Tough to Tame lived up to its reputation Saturday night, as most every car was loaded onto the trailer with at least a Darlington stripe if not significant damage. And it was our longtime Power Rankings king who may have suffered the most; Jimmie Johnson wound up singing the blues after a …

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Dialing It In: Why Silly Season is Ready to Explode

The more things unfold off the racetrack, the more it seems NASCAR is in one of the biggest transitions the sport has seen in years with driver-team-sponsor partnerships. Teams such as Hendrick Motorsports, Richard Childress Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, Penske Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing and Team Red Bull all …

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Voice of Vito: NASCAR’s Throwback Race (The Southern 500) Couldn’t Happen at a Better Time

It’s no secret that over the last five years or so, the face of NASCAR has changed dramatically from what many fans had grown accustomed to. Even amongst the most die-hard company guys who would gladly toe the corporate mantra and mission statement, you’d be hard-pressed to find somebody that could sit there with a …

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