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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2010 Air Guard 400 at Richmond

There were a trio of surprise names in the Air Guard 400 top 10, with Joey Logano, Marcos Ambrose and AJ Allmendinger all having stellar nights, but Logano had far superior equipment to the others. In the end, the run that impressed me the most was Allmendinger’s.

Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2010 Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond

Brad Keselowski won the spring race at Richmond on a last-lap pass, having to outrace Greg Biffle after dominating the event. This time, Keselowski came within an inch of making another last-lap pass for the win, though he wasn’t the dominant driver this time around. That honor went to Virginia 529 College Savings 250 winner Kevin Harvick, who led 170 circuits en route to scoring his third win of the year.

Kevin Harvick Holds Off Brad Keselowski for 5th Nationwide Win at Richmond

Kevin Harvick dominated Friday night’s Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway, but had to deal with lapped traffic and a hard-charging Brad Keselowski to score the win. Leading four times for a total of 170 laps, Harvick appeared to have the race under control until a gaggle of lapped cars put Keselowski …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Emory Healthcare 500 at Atlanta

It wasn’t quite the Southern 500, but at least the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series was racing where it should be – the South – on Labor Day weekend. The abrasive, slippery surface at Atlanta put drivers and teams to the test, and we saw some incredible athletic ability during the track’s own 500-mile Sunday tradition …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2010 Emory Healthcare 500 at Atlanta

Tony Stewart’s crew helped him gain three spots on pit road in the crucial final stop of the night, allowing him to join Carl Edwards on the front row for the restart. From there, Stewart finally managed to keep his tires from spinning coming up to speed, easily pulling out ahead of Edwards by more than a second to score his long-awaited first victory of 2010 in the Emory Healthcare 500.

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2010 Emory Healthcare 500 at Atlanta

It’s not often that you see the series champion getting my praise, but this week that’s exactly what’s happening. Jimmie Johnson took home a third place, and while that’s not something that Johnson really needs to write home about, it’s his best finish since he won at Loudon in June. In that seven-race stretch, Johnson earned only one top-10 finish and finished outside of the top 25 three times. He might be the first driver to get my shoutout for simply not blowing it… again.

Grading the 2010 NASCAR Pack, Part II: Drivers A-Kenseth

With the NASCAR season two-thirds of the way gone and the final off week now out of our way, we’re taking a brief moment of respite, grading all the drivers and teams once again on their performance so far in 2010.

The Cool-Down Lap: The Domino Effect if Unhappy Kevin Harvick Had Gotten His Way

Rewind back to mid-July of 2009. Kevin Harvick, the Sprint Cup Series championship leader for most of the 2010 season, sat 25th in points and winless for two-and-a-half years. His and the rest of Richard Childress Racing’s teams’ seasons were long down the toilet, destined to miss the Chase for the first time since 2005. …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol

The new Bristol provided a lot of excitement over the weekend, but the traditional bump-and-run found itself replaced by another classic maneuver: the slide job. When done correctly, Kyle Busch used it as a weapon towards an unprecedented three-race sweep; when done wrong, it led to a bump and spin on Friday night during the …

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