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What’s Vexing Vito: NASCAR Life Lessons From a Goodfella

“You learned the two greatest things in life: never rat on your friends… and always keep your mouth shut.” Those are the words of wisdom from Jimmy Conway to a young Henry Hill in Martin Scorsese’s film Goodfellas. That came to mind this week when I got to thinking about a couple of people who have …

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Did You Notice? Busch Spotter Silliness, Martin v. Evernham, Labonte Love & Sources

Did You Notice? Bobby Labonte gets a second chance (or is it more like his fourth)? Hours after Marcos Ambrose announced his departure from JTG Daugherty Racing (we’ll get to his status later), Labonte’s been handed the keys to the No. 47 Toyota for 2011. It’s easily the best-case scenario for the former Cup champ, …

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Juan Pablo Montoya on Pole for 2010 Brickyard 400

Timing is everything and when you go out to qualify for the Brickyard is very critical. Indianapolis is one of the most temperature sensitive tracks that the series visits so the earlier a driver can take to the track the better. For Juan Pablo Montoya, going out seventh gave him almost the perfect opportunity to …

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Did You Notice? The Cost of Sacrificing a Sport Through 1 Man

Did You Notice? The selective way in which fans worry about driver aggression? I’ve been bombarded since Saturday night with emails over the Carl–Brad incident, to the point they make Dale Earnhardt Jr. look like a boy scout on the corner holding a giant No. 3 sign that says “Pay Attention To Me.” Through it …

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What’s Vexing Vito: How Bout This Heat?! Summer Struggles Bring Frustrations to a Boil

I’m not sure if it is the heat of the summer or perhaps just the strain of the summer stretch taking its toll, but there seems to be a little bit of frustration boiling over in NASCAR lately. Take for instance last Saturday night’s last lap tussle between Mark Martin and Juan Pablo Montoya. JPM …

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Fantasy Insider: Kasey Kahne a 1.5-Mile Warrior

This week, NASCAR travels from its restrictor plate Demolition Derby in the Southeast to one of its 1.5-mile cookie cutters in the Midwest, Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. Now, while I personally wouldn’t normally look forward to this Saturday night’s race, I’ve got an important mission at hand: rebuild some fantasy rosters, including my own. …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona

Daytona lived up to its wild reputation Saturday night, triggering another classic Big One that shook up the 43-car field faster than your local bingo caller before calling out a number. By the time the spinning stopped, 19 cars – including a host of the top runners – were taken out in the melee, and …

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No Bull: It’s a NASCAR Playoff War: Rating 8 Contenders for the Final 2 Chase Spots

Now that the smoke has cleared from that 19-car pileup at Daytona, the battle for the final two spots in the 2010 Chase for the Cup is as cluttered as turn 3 was on Saturday night. In my view, 10 men are safe, leaving eight drivers 180 points apart with chances to claim one of …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: R-E-S-P-E-C-T? Who Needs That When It’s All About Me?

Last Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sprint Cup veteran Mark Martin noted that the racing has changed during his career. That in itself is not surprising, as Martin’s tenure in Cup has spanned the better part of 25 years now. But the change Martin referred to-a change in the on-track attitudes of the drivers …

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Voice of Vito: Who Can Make a Move? Daytona Sight of 7-Man Battle Royale for Final Chase Spots

To say things are a bit crowded around the 12th and final Chase spot is like saying you might bump into somebody in Beijing on a bicycle. The fight to get into the final transfer spot come Richmond in September is setting up to be an epic bloodbath, the likes of which will make the …

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