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Fanning the Flames: Schedule, Driver & Sponsor Changes Aplenty Coming in 2011

The 2011 schedule was released yesterday afternoon. Unfortunately, there were no surprises, and if you’ve read this column the last week or two, you know how I feel about that. So without dragging us back down that dark alley, I’ll just post it so you can copy and paste it to your desktops or something… …

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Dialing It In: Richard Childress Right Where He Left Off

This season is shaping up to be one of the best for long-time team owner Richard Childress. After years of rebuilding and disappointment, the six-time championship car owner appears to be back atop his game. Earlier this year, Childress inked driver Kevin Harvick to a three year contract extension, despite losing primary sponsor Shell/Pennzoil. Since …

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Mirror Driving: Bad Boys in Bristol, NASCAR in Canada & a Lady’s Future

Kevin Harvick has led the points standings for much of the season, but he’s been overlooked by many fans and media as a true NASCAR title favorite. Did his victory at Michigan elevate Harvick to the role of a championship threat in a year when no team has been able to find much consistency?

Voice of Vito: What a Difference a Year Makes for Budweiser… & Kevin Harvick, Too

The term “Silly Season” could have been labeled “Watershed Week” over the last 10 days, with a series of major announcements regarding drivers, sponsors, and schedule alignments for 2011 and beyond. From Kasey Kahne being loaned out to Red Bull Racing for a year, to the date swaps between Atlanta, Auto Club Speedway, Kansas and …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 CARFAX 400 at Michigan

At the center of it all is Jack Roush, who put three cars inside the top five at Michigan; was that enough for all of them to make moves toward the top of the Power Rankings? And while Kurt Busch done blowed up, was that lack of horsepower enough to send him tumbling out of the poll? This week’s NASCAR Power Rankings reveals all the movers and shakers after the year’s final trip to the Irish Hills.

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2010 Michigan-Bristol Edition

The Dog Days of summer are in full force in the Sprint Cup Series. Temperatures are expected near 90 degrees in Bristol, Tenn. this week, part of the hottest year on record down South leading up to Saturday night’s heated 500-lap showdown under the lights. But these ugly temperatures aren’t the only problem turning some …

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The Yellow Stripe: Your 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champ – Assessing the Runners & Riders

In the press conference following Kevin Harvick’s first non-restrictor-plate win since the penultimate race at Phoenix in the 2006 season, the mood of team principal Richard Childress was predictably ebullient. The four-decade plus NASCAR team owner, not known for unnecessary hyperbole, was keen to point out, “Somebody’s got to beat Jimmie [Johnson] this year, and it might as well be RCR.”

Running Their Mouth: 2010 CARFAX 400 at Michigan

_Welcome to Running Their Mouth! 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 car owners themselves. This week, here’s a sneak peek at what they all were thinking following the CARFAX 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2010 Carfax 400 at Michigan

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? For a driver and team equally uncertain of their future, a top 10 was a much-needed shot of confidence. Elliott Sadler used a combination of pit strategy and plain old speed to bring his Richard Petty Motorsports No. 19 home in ninth place, their first top 10 of …

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