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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 AMP Energy 500 at Talladega

The wild card of the Chase might not have taken Jimmie Johnson out of the points lead, but it certainly mixed up the standings in this week’s Power Rankings. With half our list in shambles after two terrible wrecks decimated the field, our pollsters were left scratching their heads and putting the pieces together the …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 AMP Energy 500 at Talladega Edition

Honestly, I’m more torn than the rest of you about the events during Sunday’s AMP Energy 500. Of course, my view on the issue may be skewed by the fact that I was sitting low in the grandstands, near the entrance to pit road, and could only see a half of a lap or so …

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Fantasy Insider: Guiding Your Team Through the Big One to Talladega Success

From the shortest track to the longest track, that’s the story of the Cup circuit these days. After tackling the bullring of Martinsville, stock car racing’s best now return to the annual “lottery,” 500 miles of knee-buckling action at Talladega. Everyone knows about the Big One, the high-speed racing… and now, apparently, that the track …

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Did You Notice? Busch Brothers Burn Crew Chiefs Out, Officiating Mistakes & NASCAR on WWE?

Did You Notice? Both Busch brothers caused their crew chiefs to burn out at the same time? It’s ironic that NASCAR’s moodiest siblings are transitioning to new head wrenches after a similar time span: about two years. That’s how long Steve Addington worked with Kyle Busch, taking him to 12 wins and one Chase appearance, …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville

Although he didn’t win on Sunday, Jimmie Johnson continued his death grip on the top spot in the Power Rankings, with his second-place finish at Martinsville more than enough to secure all 10 of the first-place votes this week. With four races left, the No. 48 needs to only avoid the Talladega wreck to coast …

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Fanning the Flames: Shuffling Chase Venues Won’t Slow Jimmie Johnson Down

I’ve corresponded with a number of people over the last couple of weeks through emails, conversations, interviews, etc., that bring up the topic of changing the Chase venues in order to level the playing field. Unfortunately, no one has addressed this issue in relation to this column (ironic, I know), so I thought I’d use …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 NASCA Banking 500 at Charlotte

NASCAR came home for the only night race of the playoffs Saturday, overseeing a coronation of the Lowe’s Motor Speedway “King” for the first time in four years. Dominating for a second straight week in the Chase, Jimmie Johnson once again took the checkered flag at the track with his sponsor’s name to solidify his …

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 NASCAR Banking 500 at Charlotte

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 NASCAR Banking 500 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 Pepsi 500 at Fontana

After scoring another victory at his home track, Jimmie Johnson put a major stranglehold on the top spot in the poll following Chase race number four at California. Behind him, the keyword appears to be “stability” as a Sunday snoozer led to minimal movement amongst our Power Rankings. But while our experts have labeled Johnson …

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 Pepsi 500 at Fontana

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 peek at what they all were thinking following the Pepsi 500 at Auto Club Speedway.

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