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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: 2008 Preseason Top 15

Editor’s Note: In our ongoing quest to make our site bigger and better, Frontstretch is proud to expand our power rankings to a full website feature. We do our rankings similar to the Associated Press for basketball and football… each staff member that votes ranks the drivers on a 20-19-18-17-16-15-14… 3-2-1 basis, with the first-place …

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Thompson in Turn 5: NASCAR Rule Changes & Missed Opportunities

If NASCAR’s offseason rule changes are any indication – in addition to Brian France’s preseason quotes – it appears that the sanctioning body is satisfied with how they are currently operating the Sprint Cup Series. But was that the right stance to take? There were no dramatic changes in the point system for the Championship …

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Bubble Breakdown: Previewing NASCAR’s 2008 Battle for the Top 35, Part I

The 50th Daytona 500. It’s an upcoming milestone for everyone in NASCAR – teams and fans alike – but I’m going to go out on a limb and say some are so busy preparing for the first five races of the year that this 50th anniversary thing is a little detail that may be lost …

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Down in Daytona 2008: Drafting Practice Begins on Day 2

Editor’s Note: Mike Lovecchio will be covering testing in a variety of ways for us this January at Daytona. For his Day 1 report, click here. Mark Martin wasn’t shy with his comments about single-car runs following the first day of Winter Testing in Daytona, going as far as to call the session a “waste …

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Rating the 2007 NASCAR Cup Series Races: Part III

Editor’s Note: With the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup season complete, it’s now time to take a look back. This week, veteran writer Matt McLaughlin winds up the process started last Monday with his annual race review, analyzing each event of the season and giving us his take on how good – or bad – they …

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Matt McLaughlin’s Driver Handicaps: 2007 Homestead Race

Jimmie Johnson – Johnson has top-10 finishes in four of his six starts at Homestead, including a second-place result scored here in 2004. For those looking for a little drama, Johnson did crash out here in 2005 en route to 40th place. Jeff Gordon – Gordon has top-10 finishes in six of eight Cup races …

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