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Carl Edwards Wins the Battle, 2010 Ford 400, But Jimmie Johnson Wins the War at Homestead

The end results were predictable. Carl Edwards won the Ford 400 at Homestead, securing the sixth win in the last seven races in the season finale race for Roush Fenway Racing. And Jimmie Johnson realized the “Drive for Five,” winning his fifth consecutive Cup Series championship. How both got there, however, was anything but. Though …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2010 Ford 400 at Homestead

Kasey Kahne’s best day of Ford 400 weekend came on Friday with a blistering pole run, but Kahne didn’t have a bad day overall. Like Almirola, who took over Kahne’s seat on a temporary basis, Kahne won’t be in the No. 83 next year as regular driver Brian Vickers returns from a nearly year-long layoff, but he will be Vickers’s teammate in the Red Bull No. 82, and his sixth-place run at Homestead had to have the whole team smiling about 2011.

MPM2Nite: Handicapping NASCAR’s Chasers

And then, there were three. Three drivers: Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick arrive at Homestead this weekend with a shot at the 2010 NASCAR Cup title. Right up there until the final 14 laps at Phoenix, it looked like Hamlin was going to ride into Miami with the title his to lose; instead, …

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Voices From the Heartland: Be Prepared, NASCAR’s Real Hype Starts AFTER Homestead

This is a public service announcement provided to the real NASCAR fan by the author of this column. Moments after the checkered flag flies this coming Sunday, you will be told what you have witnessed this past racing season. You will be told that you have been privy to perhaps the most exciting and thrilling …

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Voice of Vito: Hamlin, Johnson, Harvick – Pros & Cons for NASCAR’s 2010 Title Contenders

NASCAR has finally gotten its wish. After the inaugural Chase season of 2004 produced one of the most memorable championship battles in history, one that literally went down to the last lap of the last race, the final event at Homestead on Sunday is going to be just that — a race. With just 15 …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Kobalt Tools 500 at Phoenix

The penultimate round of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season is now complete. Denny Hamlin dominated the Phoenix event, but a long green-flag run at the end combined with poor fuel mileage for the No. 11 Toyota conspired to relegate Hamlin to a 12th-place finish. Carl Edwards, on the other hand, was able to squeeze out …

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The Yellow Stripe: ABJ (Anyone But Johnson) – Who Would Be the Best 2010 Champion?

On Sunday afternoon, before the race began, I decided to have a little fun. You see, there’s this Jimmie Johnson fan I know who as of late had become increasingly frustrated that the No. 48 hasn’t eviscerated the field in this year’s iteration of the Chase – just as he has the last four years. …

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Fact or Fiction: Can Denny Hamlin Recover? & is Kevin Harvick Still in It?

Denny Hamlin is the early favorite going into Homestead FICTION It’ll be talked about over and over again to the point you’re sick of hearing it before next Sunday’s season finale in Homestead, but the No. 11 team’s late-race fuel miscalculation will be under a microscope if for whatever reason he doesn’t leave Miami with …

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