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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: The 2011 Potential Hall of Fame Class

With the Cup Series off this weekend, the pollsters took a look at the recently announced list of nominees for the 2011 Hall of Fame induction class. The mix of names covers all aspects of NASCAR – drivers in various series, crew chiefs, car owners and promoters. Some were there when the first green flag …

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Voice of Vito: NASCAR Needs to Not Overlook 1 Driver in Particular for 2010 Hall of Fame Class

The NASCAR Hall of Fame opened to great fanfare this past weekend in Charlotte, N.C., as the long-awaited tribute to the history of our sport inducted its inaugural members. The personalities and names chosen for the opening of the Hall of Fame were well done so with due diligence – the founder of the sport, …

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MPM2Nite: The Next 5 Hall of Famers

The hullabaloo surrounding the opening of the new NASCAR Hall of Fame has reached a crescendo, or at least the highest level of noise the marketing types in Charlotte and Daytona Beach have been able to achieve. Let’s just say that said opening is a few notches beneath the general public’s radar screen, and it’s …

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Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: A Tale of 2 Tracks

It’s coincidental, but still notable, that the NASCAR Cup Series visits its shortest oval circuit (Martinsville) then heads off to its longest (Talladega). By chance, the two tracks are amongst the longest lasting on a circuit where a decade ago new cookie-cutter tracks began popping up like dandelions on a spring lawn, replacing historic venues …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Which Nominees Should Make The NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2010

With a week off from the Cup Series schedule, the writers from Frontstretch decided to take a look at the 25 names nominated for consideration to be one of the first five selections to be enshrined into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Since none of your Frontstretch faithful were picked to be part of the …

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Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: Hall’In Class

I’ve gotten a lot of email from readers asking me which five people I hope, or think, will make up the first set of inductees into NASCAR’s Hall of Fame. I’ve debated the topic with more than a few fans and have to agree that narrowing the group down to just five individuals is a …

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Mirror Driving: Logano a Legend Already?, Loudon’s Last Gasp & Who’s Hall of Fame Worthy

Joey Logano’s surprise win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway made him the youngest driver ever to win a Sprint Cup race. Where does his season rank among other active drivers’ rookie campaigns?

Holding a Pretty Wheel: Boston Ventures Could Give Petty Enterprises a Bright Future – If They Remember the Past

Petty Enterprises’ announcement on Wednesday that they had sold a portion of the family business that has been around as long as NASCAR has been on the track was not really a surprise. But on some level, it is a disappointment. Boston Ventures, by all accounts, is a wealthy, stable company with pockets deep enough to fund new technology for the two-car team, and are even talking already of adding a third team to the stable. That part is help sorely needed. Petty Enterprises was a team that time had nearly passed by.

Racing at the Beach: The Daytona 500 Tradition Gains Momentum, 1960-64

The inaugural Daytona 500 of 1959 had been a huge success with blistering speeds and nary a caution to mar the proceedings, so as the Grand National circuit prepared for their second visit to Bill France’s high-banked monument to speed in 1960, everyone was hoping for more of the same. Instead, the second version of the Great American Race brought with it a bit of a reality check.

Racing on the Beach: The Early History of Daytona, 1949-58

For 10 years before the first Daytona 500 was held at Bill France’s magnificent new superspeedway, NASCAR’s Grand National Division ran on the storied old beach and road course in Daytona Beach, in what was considered the biggest event on the tour’s calendar.

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