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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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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2010 Subway Fresh Fit 600 at Phoenix Edition

This year’s spring race at Phoenix was hampered by three things: faulty pit strategy, bugs and a race that was 100 kilometers more than it actually should be. Seriously, why in the world would organizers add laps to an event – on a Saturday night, no less – when the number one complaint amongst the …

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The Cool-Down Lap: Will Jimmie Johnson’s Main Rival Please Stand Up? ‘Cause I Don’t See One

Four-time defending champ Jimmie Johnson did not win in the desert Saturday night in Phoenix, but the No. 48 seemed poised to do so for much of the race. Johnson hung in the top 10 in the early laps, then dominated the Subway Fresh Fit 600’s middle portion before relinquishing the lead to Kyle Busch. …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville

Fans had to wait an extra day for one of the most exciting finishes in awhile, but it was definitely worth it. Denny Hamlin was once again victorious in his home state, good enough to move him back into the Power Rankings just before he goes under the knife for a torn ACL. Back in …

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Running Their Mouth: 2010 Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville

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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What’s Vexing Vito: Despite Limited Numbers, Penske Dodges Return to Prominence; Notes From Charlotte Test Session Day No. 2

About the same time the 2009 NASCAR season was at its midpoint, there were questions being raised as to the viability of manufacturer involvement in the sport – particularly with regards to Chrysler. I remember sitting in the press room at Michigan last June, and every driver who came in for a briefing mentioned the …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Food City 500 at Bristol

Surprise, surprise. After Jimmie Johnson scored his first ever win at Bristol Motor Speedway, you can guess where he ended up in our Power Rankings this week. With three wins in five races and seven in the last 14, people may be getting sick of seeing the same driver in victory lane – but bad …

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The Yellow Stripe: High Time for Kurt Busch to Ruffle Johnson’s Feathers

I love Bristol. Always have, always will. From the very first race I witnessed at the famed half-mile bullring, I was utterly hooked at the nail-biting competition we so often have at Thunder Valley. After a week off, like many of you I was more than ready to settle down and watch some serious action …

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Turner’s Take: Hamlin Who? Kurt Busch Steals the Limelight Instead

Everyone was wrong about Denny Hamlin. Contrary to popular preseason chatter, he’s not the guy with the best shot at ending Jimmie Johnson’s reign atop the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Instead, the first five races of 2010 have proven differently, with Hamlin failing to even post a top-10 finish to date. In his place, there’s …

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Jimmie Johnson Gets Elusive 2010 Food City 500 at Bristol Win With 4 Tires

Playing second fiddle to Kurt Busch all day, Jimmie Johnson took advantage of a great final restart with 10 laps to go to score his first victory at the Bristol Motor Speedway and the 50th of his career. Restarting in the outside lane with ten laps to go, Johnson jumped up on the wheel and …

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