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What’s Vexing Vito?: Vito Pugliese Rejoins Frontstretch Staff After NASCAR Break

Sorry to be the bearer of bad tidings, but the reports of my demise have been greatly exaggerated – and now much lamented. To quell any concerns amongst our loyal readership regarding my Houdini act over the last three months, I was not issued a secret fine, nor put on probation by NASCAR. I was …

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Fan’s View: Will “It Get Settled” Between Busch & Harvick?

Just a week removed from the four-race probation issued to Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch after their pit road antics following the Saturday night showdown at Darlington, the Cup Series heads home to Charlotte for the annual All-Star Race. And in an effort to promote the all-out, no holds barred racing that typically accompanies the …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the Showtime Southern 500 at Darlington

OK, I understand that pit-road rules are made mostly for the safety of crewmen who don’t have a roll cage to protect them, but was it really necessary to penalize Matt Kenseth for missing the commitment line when he blew a tire? It seemed like overkill to me; after all, Kenseth was already handicapped by the tire, and the penalty added insult to injury. It wasn’t a situation Kenseth had control over, which sets the incident apart from speeding or even from trying to fake out other competitors and missing the line.

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2011 Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville

Falling just a few laps short of the win, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was vintage Earnhardt on Sunday, passing Kyle Busch for the lead on lap 480 with a perfectly executed bump-and-run and holding on until lap 496, when Kevin Harvick passed for the win. Earnhardt nearly came back, laying a bumper to Harvick on a crossover move, but not quite in the right location to move Harvick up the track. It was the most like a driver hungry for a win that Earnhardt has looked in a very long time.

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2011 Auto Club 400 at Fontana

Juan Pablo Montoya wants an oval win in NASCAR, and 2001 is looking more and more like the year he could do it. Montoya grabbed and held onto the pole, and when all was said and done, finished 10th, keeping his eighth-place points standing and altogether looking like a legitimate contender early on with three top-10 finishes in five races.

What’s Vexing Vito?: Bristol Brings Out the Worst in Everyone

The big story following the 13 days of hype before Bristol is that ratings were down to a scant 3.9 Nielsen rating; last year’s Atlanta race carried a 4.8 rating, while Bristol being ran the next week following the Brad Keselowski aerial escapade notched a 5.3. Attendance suffered as well, looking more like a typical …

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