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Beyond the Cockpit: Kevin Conway on NASCAR Saying ‘No’ to Daytona 500

Kevin Conway is the favorite to win Rookie of the Year in what is a subpar rookie class, yet NASCAR did not approve him to run this year’s Daytona 500. Conway explained NASCAR’s decision and the future of Front Row Motorsports to Frontstretch writer Mike Lovecchio at NASCAR Media Day in Daytona Beach, Fla. Mike …

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Fanning the Flames: The Lights are Off Atop the Pace Car… Let’s Go!

Didn’t we talk just, like, two Thursdays ago? Is the Christmas season really over a month gone in our rearview mirror? Has the “merging” of race teams on the NASCAR circuit finally jumped the shark with the Front Row Motorsports/Yates Racing deal? These are questions I ask you. Now, it’s time for us – this …

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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?

5 Points to Ponder: On the Cusp of the 2010 Season

It’s a fairly safe assumption that Joe Gibbs Racing will place at least two cars in the Chase this year, if not all three. Denny Hamlin’s No. 11 car was on fire from the summer on last season (when he wasn’t shooting himself in the foot), Kyle Busch is Kyle Busch, and Joey Logano has gotten the growing pains out of the way.

Bowles-Eye View: A Quick List of NASCAR Changes for 2010

Back in the ’90s, Sheryl Crow used to have this catchy song when I was a teenager called “A Change Would Do You Good.” Apparently, someone up in the NASCAR tower’s been listening. Coming off a Media Tour where the focus was on righting some wrongs and fixing every conceivable problem in sight, the 2010 …

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Front Row Motorsports to Field 3 Teams in 2010; Wood Brothers to Run 12-Race Schedule Again

CONCORD, N.C. – Front Row Motorsports announced during Tuesday’s portion of the Sprint Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway that the organization will field three full-time entries in the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. Travis Kvapil, who competed for Yates Racing before sponsorship woes forced him out of a ride early in 2009, will …

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An Unlikely Battle for Rookie of the Year

The 2010 Sprint Cup rookie class is the antithesis of the usual suspects. There are no big time teams here. No development prospects, no young guns. Instead, this year’s battle for the ROTY title comes down to a battle between a 30-something part-time Nationwide Series driver and a Truck Series veteran. Enter Kevin Conway and …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 O’Reilly Challenge at Texas

The ESPN crew in the booth on Saturday made the claim that Kyle Busch was on such a rail that they ought to rename Texas Motor Speedway “Kyle Busch Speedway.” That may be a little much, but Busch certainly made his fourth consecutive Nationwide Series victory look easy, leading 179 of the 200 laps run …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas

After Steve Wallace and Kyle Busch tangled on pit road last season following the spring race at Richmond, Wallace was soon after seen sporting a t-shirt that depicted him grabbing the M&M’s driver by the horns. It was a reference to the incident where Wallace grabbed the face of Busch’s helmet. Well, he must have …

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