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Running Their Mouth: 2010 Sylvania 300 at Loudon

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 Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway:

Holding a Pretty Wheel: NASCAR’s Chase Begins, But Who Wins? & What Does That Mean Historically?

26 down, 10 to go. NASCAR’s Chase starts this weekend at Loudon and it’s looking to be a different animal than it has been for the last three years, in which the champion (that’s Jimmie Johnson, Jimmie Johnson and Jimmie Johnson if you’re keeping score) has taken the title by keeping his opponents at bay …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Air Guard 400 at Richmond

The anti-climactic final moments of the Race to the Chase left a feeling in NASCAR fans’ mouths like they’d kissed their sister Saturday night. There wasn’t any of the built-up excitement that was promised from all the ESPN hype, and the oft-rumored, rarely intense battle for 12th place never materialized.

Fact or Fiction: Which Chasers Have a REAL Shot at Winning the 2010 NASCAR Cup Title?

Does your favorite driver have a shot to win the 2010 NASCAR Cup championship? In this week’s edition of Fact or Fiction, we analyze which drivers will really compete for the hardware in Miami and why. Denny Hamlin FICTION OK, OK. I know he’s leading the series in wins. I know I said last week …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Crossing the Dirty Line – When Drivers Do, When They Don’t & How Dirty Is It, Anyway?

Todd Bodine “thanked” Kyle Busch in victory lane at Kentucky this past Friday, calling Busch’s move that took the air off Bodine’s truck, causing him to spin, “dirty.”

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.

5 Points to Ponder: Smoke Rises, Onion’s Folly & Ryan Newman, Atlanta Fall Short

Sunday’s 500-miler at Atlanta Motor Speedway provided both Ryan Newman and Tony Stewart with the respective watershed moments of their 2010 seasons. For Stewart, that moment came under the seventh yellow flag of the evening for Brad Keselowski’s spin. After a night that saw the No. 14 a true contender for the race win

Holding a Pretty Wheel: It’s Not Just About Talent, It’s About a Winning Combination

With an even dozen races left in the season, it used to be that NASCAR’s so-called Silly Season, that time of year when drivers and teams announced partings of the ways and new contractual unions, was just heating up. In more recent years, Silly Season has started earlier and lasted longer than in the past. …

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