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5 Points to Ponder: 2009 Ford 400 at Homestead Edition

You can’t fault Jimmie Johnson for dominating the sport in its current points format, but nonetheless the fact that he has won four consecutive titles in the “Chase era” has allowed critics to dispel his accomplishment and put it behind Cale Yarborough’s three consecutive titles between 1976 and 1978 and possibly even Dale Earnhardt’s four in five years in the early ‘90s.

Big 6: 2009 Ford 400 at Homestead

After his Richard Petty Motorsports teammates suffered damage (Elliott Sadler and Reed Sorenson were involved in a domino-effect pit road accordion mash-up, and Kasey Kahne got a hole in the roof of his machine from an errant brake rotor), AJ Allmendinger carried the RPM torch to a 10th-place run, bookending his season with top-10 finishes, and making a statement that the team made the right choice to keep him around in 2010.

All-Star Cast of Drivers Trying Desperately to End Victory Shutout

The old proverb says, “To the victor, go the spoils.” But as the Cup season hits the homestretch this weekend, there’s an All-Star cast of drivers who have yet to earn themselves a crumb. With just one race remaining, a full one-third of the Chase field – four of 12 drivers – has yet to …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix

As the season winds down to its final weekend, Jimmie Johnson‘s firm grip atop our poll mirrors his 108-point lead in the Sprint Cup standings. Barring some sort of catastrophe at Homestead this Sunday, a fourth straight title – and our 2009 Power Rankings championship – will be his. But the No. 48 team’s commanding …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 Dickies 500 at Texas

A crash on lap 3, combined with 111 points lost to his closest competition at Texas, didn’t faze any of our voters in this week’s poll. Not only did Jimmie Johnson maintain his first-place position in unanimous fashion, he maintains a rather healthy points lead in our Power Rankings over second place with just two …

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 Dickies 500 at Texas

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 …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 AMP Energy 500 at Talladega

The wild card of the Chase might not have taken Jimmie Johnson out of the points lead, but it certainly mixed up the standings in this week’s Power Rankings. With half our list in shambles after two terrible wrecks decimated the field, our pollsters were left scratching their heads and putting the pieces together the …

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Thompson in Turn 5: Griese’s Comments Uncalled For, But Situation Handled Well By All Involved

During post-race interviews following Sunday’s TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville, race winner Denny Hamlin predicted that his victory would not be the primary focus of the sports media, who instead would make the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship the lead story. Hamlin believed that most of the nation’s sports reporting venues would first …

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