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Tech Talk: Trent Owens On Martinsville Handling, Truck Arms & Tire Wear

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The No. 43 and Martinsville Speedway are synonymous with each other. Richard Petty took the car to victory lane 15 times in his career. North Wilkesboro was the only other track where The King took as many checkered flags first. Prior to Aric Almirola’s win at Daytona in 2014 the last win by the legendary …

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NASCAR 101: Surprise Victories in the Coke Zero 400 Are Nothing New

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In many ways, the Coke Zero 400 is an inferior race to the Daytona 500. While the 400-mile race is run on the same track and under the lights, it’s not held to the same level of prestige as the season-opening event. Only Daytona 500 victors are said to be champions of Daytona International Speedway. Still, …

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Ever Ambitious Front Row Motorsports Managing, Meeting Expectations

One year ago, after the Sprint Cup Series had completed 500 grueling laps at Martinsville and Jimmie Johnson was celebrating another win, Front Row Motorsports was ready to limp home. Driver John Andretti finished 35th, four laps down, while the team’s second driver, Tony Raines, couldn’t even get its start-and-park entry into the field. One …

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Bubble Breakdown: Truex Terrific, Speed Surprising & Front Row Flops

The Great American Race is in the history books, but the battle for the bubble is just beginning. Already, the No. 66 of Dave Blaney (PRISM Motorsports) and the No. 09 of Aric Almirola (Phoenix Racing) have some ground to make up in 2010 after they both failed to make the big show, but what …

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2010 Bubble Preview: Nerve-Wracking 1st 5 Races for the Underdogs

Editors’ Note: Brock Beard takes over the Bubble Breakdown for 2010. Look for Mike Ravesi’s writing in a new, Thursday Fantasy Racing column – right here on Frontstretch! With qualifying out of the way and the Gatorade Duels upon us this week, it’s just a matter of days before the 2010 season officially begins. So …

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Running Their Mouth: 2010 Budweiser Shootout at Daytona

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 Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway.

Mirror Driving: Penny-Pinching Purses, Penske Power, & Pena?

NASCAR announced late last week a 10% cut in race purses, with the money instead going to the racetracks. How does this affect the sport’s outlook, given the sagging economy and increasing cost of competition?

2009 Season Review: John Andretti

When FRM showed up at Daytona in February, it was the first time they knew they’d race in the Daytona 500. With an alliance with Earnhardt Ganassi Racing scoring the team a spot in the Top 35 in owner points, John Andretti was locked into the field for a race that he’d himself raced into with the No. 34 team just a season before.

A Season on the Brink: 1 Final Look at the 4-Team Battle to Finish in the Top 35

Welcome, one and all, to the final bubble column of 2009, the Bubble Review. Here we’ll take a stroll down Memory Lane to reflect on the teams right around the bubble in 2009, and take a quick look ahead to 2010 and see what their future may hold. So, without further ado, here’s this season’s …

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Bubble Breakdown: John Andretti, Front Row Overcome Wreck to Lock Into Top 35 for 2010

With the waving of the checkered flag at Miami on Sunday evening, the 2009 NASCAR season came to a close after 36 points races and 10 long months of racing. And John Andretti needed every one of those races to finally lock himself and his Front Row Motorsports No. 34 Chevrolet team into the Top …

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