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Voice of Vito: Green-White-Checkered Continues to Fly in the Face of Tradition

The other day I was looking at some novelty t-shirts online and happened across one that would appeal to the extremist at heart. It read, “When All Else Fails – Vote From The Rooftops,” replete with the image of a rifle topped with a scope and bi-pod. As I watched the green-white-checkered finish of the …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Daytona 500

The parity of plate racing put some unfamiliar faces up front in NASCAR’s Super Bowl – jumbling up the Power Rankings like crazy after just one week. But while upset winner Jamie McMurray shot up the charts, it was Jimmie Johnson who lost out in the midst of underdog success – his rear axle failure …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Holy Chasms, Batman! How Will the 2010 Daytona 500 Be Remembered?

It made for some good jokes passed around on Twitter, while giving a couple of drivers the chance at a needed pit stop (and not for the car). But really, the hole that appeared in turn 2 at Daytona was symbolic of so much more: the gulf NASCAR has dug itself into over the past …

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Dialing It In: Making Sense of the Gatorade Duels

The 150-mile Gatorade Duel qualifying races showcase some of the best racing during the entirety of Speedweeks at Daytona. In one of the most unique and complicated qualifying processes in all of sports, the front row for the 52nd Daytona 500 was set on Sunday, but the rest of the field will race for their …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Bud Shootout at Daytona

As Sprint Cup drivers prepare to tackle their 36-race regular season, it’s time to take a look at which ones carry the most momentum into 2010. Certainly, the Bud Shootout helped give some some a little extra push, but it’s hard to unseat a certain four-time champ on top of our list – at least …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2010 Budweiser Shootout at Daytona Edition

This year’s Bud Shootout might just be a 75-lap exhibition race, but it did illustrate a number of things to understand for what’s ahead this season in Sprint Cup. One thing is for sure: NASCAR is going to do all they can to let the drivers police themselves out on the track and I couldn’t …

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Restrictor-Plate Demons Hamper Martin, Hamlin’s Title Hopes

Jimmie Johnson has Bristol and the road courses; Jeff Gordon has Texas. Nearly every driver has a track or a type of track on their list of weaknesses – one where they can never seem to turn the perfect lap around. It’s a place that becomes a Bermuda Triangle for them, no matter the racing …

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Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2010 Budweiser Shootout at Daytona

Kevin Harvick is probably feeling pretty darn good after his second consecutive Shootout win. Harvick was so sick on Thursday that he wasn’t even in Daytona – Clint Bowyer and Jeff Burton practiced for him – but bounced back to win in classic Harvick fashion.

Mark Martin Wins 2010 Daytona 500 Pole at Alan Gustafson’s Home Track

Growing up just five miles from Daytona International Speedway in nearby Ormond Beach, a 6-year-old Alan Gustafson would hear engines roaring around the famed 2.5-mile speedway in the distance from his own backyard. Years later he would go to the track and watch great crew chiefs from Gary DeHart to Ray Evernham and dream of …

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