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Dialing It In: Penske, Childress “Shelling” Out Silly Season Madness in April

If the first few weeks of the 2010 NASCAR season has proven one thing, it is that the majority of slicing and dicing is taking place behind closed doors as opposed to on the racetrack. This year, Silly Season has come fast and furious at a time when no new money is finding its way …

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Fanning the Flames: Harvick, Kahne & the Sponsors That (Don’t) Love Them

Business is picking up on the NASCAR scene. From driver hires to $20-million sponsor associations, the last couple of weeks have given us a glimpse at the future NASCAR landscape – one that we rarely see this early in a season. We’ll address all that fun and more this week. Let’s get to it…. Q: …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas

Once again, Mother Nature wreaked havoc with the NASCAR schedule, causing the second rain-delayed race in three weeks. It was a nightmare scenario for many involved with the sport; but for Denny Hamlin, it’s like an unexpected bonus. For the third time in four races contested on Monday, Hamlin came home victorious, this time just …

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What’s Vexing Vito: NASCAR’s Most Popular Prospects Records Not as Stellar as You’d Expect

While the news of Kasey Kahne’s impending departure has dominated the news of last couple days, and pushed back an article I had originally intended to write. In my contribution from yesterday on Frontstretch , I proposed the notion that while Kahne is being tabbed to replace Mark Martin in the No. 5 Hendrick Chevrolets, …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Subway Fresh Fit 600 at Phoenix

The duel in the desert Saturday night came packaged with a sudden late-night plot twist that led to a green-white-checkered finish for the ages. When the smoke cleared, it was a shocking winner (Ryan Newman) whose 77-race losing streak came to an end while allowing the frustration from other victory droughts (Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon) …

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Mirror Driving: Chase Longshots, RCR’s Consistency & Judging Leffler

Six races into the season, history tells us nearly three-quarters of the Chase field will be there after the checkered flag at Richmond in September. So who’s the biggest name currently outside the top 12 that’s not going to make it back in, and why?

Turner’s Take: Cup Drivers Invading NASCAR’s Lower Series Must Stop

This is getting completely out of control. Just when you thought full-time Sprint Cup Series drivers could exert no more dominance over NASCAR’s Nationwide and Truck series, think again. Five races into the 2010 Nationwide season, we have four wins by Cup drivers. Four races into the current Truck campaign, I count three victories by …

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5 Points to Ponder: Tough Crowd in Music City, NASCAR’s New Villain, More

With Carl Edwards vs. Brad Keselowski hyped in the offseason as the sequel to last season’s Cup showdown in the Nationwide Series between Edwards and eventual champion Kyle Busch, another Cup regular has come to crash the party… and he’s already done the Nationwide dance twice before.

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