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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona

Daytona lived up to its wild reputation Saturday night, triggering another classic Big One that shook up the 43-car field faster than your local bingo caller before calling out a number. By the time the spinning stopped, 19 cars – including a host of the top runners – were taken out in the melee, and …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2010 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona Edition

Sometimes when stressed, the best medicine can be simply taking a few days to clear your head. That’s where I was at this past weekend, taking in the rays of a great beach vacation that has me rested and ready to rumble for the second half of the NASCAR season. If only Mr. AJ Allmendinger …

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Running Their Mouth: 2010 Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona

“Same old Daytona, cars moving around and bouncing around and handling came into play and you saw a lot of passing and shuffling, and then there at the end we had the big wreck and we were fortunate to be in front of it. On the last restart, once the [No.] 24 pulled out and …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2010 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona

Before the race, the television crew called him the best Cup driver without a restrictor-plate win, and early on, it looked like Kurt Busch might change that. Instead, Busch endured a race in which he was involved with at least three wrecks and a racecar that was beat up on every part. Yet Busch never got the brunt of anything and held on to finish seventh. Look up “underrated” in the dictionary and see if Busch’s picture is beside it.

Fanning the Flames: Figures Lie & Liars Figure… Or Do They?

As the circuit reaches its traditional halfway point this weekend during the annual July visit to Daytona, it got me thinking about how hard it is to handicap a plate race. I’ve got some experience here in that rating drivers, teams and tracks for fantasy racing games is what I’ve done for a living at …

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Did You Notice? 2010 Title Down to 6 Men, The New Car Band-Aid & Quick Hits

Did You Notice? That with nine races left, there’s a bit of a cushion for a handful of playoff contenders? The top six in the Sprint Cup standings have at least 271 points over 13th-place Dale Earnhardt Jr. That’s not an insurmountable margin, but large enough that all can breathe a sigh of relief, avoiding …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at Loudon

Everyone thought that a little game of road course bumper cars at Infineon would stir up the Frontstretch Power Rankings. But one week later, it was actually the (mostly) caution-free, flat one-mile oval in New Hampshire that threw the top 15 into the blender. Four drivers climbed into the rankings this week, while four fell …

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Jimmie Johnson Takes 2010 Lenox Industrial Tools 301 on Late Race Bump ‘N’ Run, Wins 2nd Straight

Jimmie Johnson had a very quick car on Sunday at New Hampshire, but he did not really have the right track position to be able to take advantage of that speed for most of the race. However, when crunch time came along, Johnson was right there to capitalize on his good car. Juan Pablo Montoya …

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Full Throttle: Rubbin’ is Racin’ – A Tale of 2 Right/Wrong Races on How to Rough Someone Up

“Rubbin’ is Racin’” has been a saying around the world of NASCAR from the very early years. It was made famous by the 1990 movie Days of Thunder when Cole Trickle (Tom Cruise) tried to explain to Harry Hogge (Robert Duval) why he was all over the track. Harry Hogge: Cole, you’re wandering all over …

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Running Their Mouth: 2010 LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at Loudon

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 …

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