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Mirror Driving: Best Race Ever?, Finicky Felix & Doubleheader Dangers

The Aaron’s 499 featured a record 88 lead changes and three green-white-checkered attempts. Did that make it one of the best races ever, or was it just more of the same at a restrictor-plate track?

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Aaron’s 499 at Talladega

The “lottery” that is Talladega these days usually shuffles the Power Rankings around like those ping-pong balls before they’re picked at random. For now, there’s one thing we know for sure when the drawing stopped: Kevin Harvick came out the big winner. He may have offended his current and future sponsor in victory lane during …

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Who’s Hot/Not in Sprint Cup: Pre-2010 Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Edition

As we prepare for racing’s semi-annual version of Russian Roulette (Talladega), it’s always nice to take a quick look back before we see whose lives are going to be battered by the Big One. Don’t believe me? Just remember last year. Jeff Gordon came to ‘Dega 98 points in front of Jimmie Johnson and seemingly …

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Happy Hour: Restrictor Plates Still Restricting Racing

Last season Joe Menzer of NASCAR.com took Chase opponents to task for still bleating about a playoff system that has been in place for several years now, as if somehow a rotten idea becomes better over time. Despite having little real basis for defending NASCAR’s unpopular playoff, he took some unfriendly shots at people who …

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MPM2Nite: Cult of Personality – The Hendrick Age of Political Correctness

Jack Roush hasn’t stopped by here at Eyesore Acres in awhile to chat over a few brews. To be honest, that has happened since precisely never. But my guess is the Cat in Hat is a pretty frustrated fellow right now, and his dogs are wearing flak jackets to protect against injuries when he gets …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas

Once again, Mother Nature wreaked havoc with the NASCAR schedule, causing the second rain-delayed race in three weeks. It was a nightmare scenario for many involved with the sport; but for Denny Hamlin, it’s like an unexpected bonus. For the third time in four races contested on Monday, Hamlin came home victorious, this time just …

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Voice of Vito: No Respect – Media Making Mark Martin Odd Man Out at Hendrick

Ever since Kasey Kahne was named the heir apparent to Hendrick Motorsports’ No. 5 currently driven by Mark Martin, many in the motoring press are falling all over themselves, salivating over the idea of Kahne taking over the car a year early in 2011. Mind you, Martin signed an extension in 2009 to drive full-time …

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Fanning the Flames: When Life Deals You Lemons, Sign a Multi-Year Deal with Rick Hendrick

Lots to get to today. I think you know where we’re headed this week…. Q: This domino wasn’t supposed to fall this early! I guess the Silly Season is only going to get sillier this year more than ever. My question involves why Jack Roush didn’t lock Kasey [Kahne] up in the No. 6 for 2011. …

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Bettin’ the Horsepower: Texas-Sized Gamble Not to Put $ on Hendrick/Roush

For two races, NASCAR’s new spoiler has done little to influence the outcome of competition. But in our first trip to the Lone Star State this season, expect many teams’ days to be “spoiled” by the way it makes these cars handle on an intermediate. The speeds down south will approach 200 mph, throwing a …

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Voice of Vito: Kasey Kahne to Hendrick Motorsports – But for Martin or Earnhardt?

ESPN reported Tuesday afternoon that Kasey Kahne has signed a multi-year agreement with Rick Hendrick, leaving Richard Petty Motorsports effective the end of the 2010 season. The announcement comes as quite a blow to RPM, who had been riding a wave of good fortune in recent weeks with Paul Menard’s improbable top-12 points performance and …

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