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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 Dickies 500 at Texas

A crash on lap 3, combined with 111 points lost to his closest competition at Texas, didn’t faze any of our voters in this week’s poll. Not only did Jimmie Johnson maintain his first-place position in unanimous fashion, he maintains a rather healthy points lead in our Power Rankings over second place with just two …

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The Yellow Stripe: Can Mark Martin Do the Unthinkable & Prevent the 4-Peat?

It was over. Done and dusted. The fat lady was halfway through her last aria; the trophy had been all but etched, and the historians were in the process of rewriting the NASCAR history books. Fans were switching off in droves and thoughts, for many, were turning to Daytona in February 2010. Exiting Talladega, Jimmie …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Dickies 500 at Texas Edition

The Texas Tea Party we all witnessed Sunday ended up tasting like fuel, as Kurt Busch claimed his second season victory in the Dickies 500. While the race had its dull moments (er… stretches), the finish surprisingly was more exciting than last week’s 500-mile parade in Talladega, with Kyle Busch running out of fuel with …

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 Dickies 500 at Texas

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 …

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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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Running Their Mouth: 2009 AMP Energy 500 at Talladega

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 …

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Talladega the Last Straw: The Madness Must End

Anyone who reads this site knows that I’ve always defended restrictor plate racing as being just that, racing. Real racing. I’ve defended it as a discipline, just as road racing is a discipline, and insisted that the Chase needs Talladega just as much as it needs a road course in it. And even after Sunday’s …

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Big 6: 2009 Amp Energy 500 at Talladega

If I gave this award to the race winner, Jamie McMurray would have been the hands-down winner – a lame-duck driver who is probably running R&D stuff in the Chase and has no ride for 2010 winning the race is a great story. But since the official shoutout goes to a non-winner, how about Michael Waltrip, who avoided trouble and finished seventh.

Mirror Driving: Addington Angst, Rewarding Wins & Is Jeff Gordon Over the Hill?

Sunday’s race at Martinsville Speedway illustrated the frustration that many fans have with the current points system, as race winner Denny Hamlin gained two spots but made little headway against points leader Jimmie Johnson – who stretched his lead over Mark Martin by finishing second.  How should NASCAR reward winning in its top series?

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