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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2011 Good Sam Club 500 at Talladega

After the chaos that is Talladega, a pair of shoutouts go out this week. One goes to Dave Blaney, who worked all day with Brad Keselowski, hanging back for much of the race only to close at the end and finish third. The finish was a career best for Blaney, who runs for a small-time team in Tommy Baldwin Racing. Speaking of the smaller teams, two others made some real noise at Talladega as Casey Mears and Landon Cassill raced at the front of the field all day until the late-race mess destroyed their hope for a great finish. These are three drivers fighting for the sponsorship just to race, and they showed this weekend that they can get it done when the playing field is truly level.

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Did You Notice? Whether Family And NASCAR Really Mix?, No Chase, No Crew, And White House Snubs

*Did You Notice?* … How amazing it is Jeff Gordon’s competing for the title this year? I say that not because of his ailing back (although that’s another story all to itself) … it’s because he’s busy changing diapers at home. Who in the world is capable of doing both? Now, I’m mostly joking around with that comment, but not completely. We brought the issue of raising a family and competing in NASCAR up in the "Athlon / Frontstretch podcast":http://www.athlonsports.com/racing/inside-racing-podcast last week, so I decided to take a closer look. Here’s a list of the top 15 drivers in the points and their marital status ...

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Talking NASCAR TV: Lack of Focus Hurts ESPN Broadcasts

Last weekend, there were four major races on the stock car racing calendar. The Sprint Cup Series and the ARCA Re/Max Series were at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania. Meanwhile, the Nationwide Series was in Newton, Iowa on Saturday for the inaugural U.S. Cellular 250, which was a rousing success. In addition, the Camping World Truck Series was in Nashville for the Toyota Tundra 200 at Nashville Superspeedway.

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Bubble Breakdown: Tempers Flare Between David Stremme and Robby Gordon at Pocono

Rain forced the postponement of Sunday’s race until Monday afternoon, meaning there will be no bubble chatter this week as I had to work and therefore wasn’t able to listen to the in car radio communications during the event. I tried to get out early, but when I asked my boss if I could leave early to go home and watch the race he gave me the look that said get out of my office and go back to work, now. So I hid in a corner of the plant, huddled with a radio, listening to see if Scott Speed would make any headway into John Andretti’s hold on 35th, and if Robby Gordon would just plain lay one upside David Stremme’s head. So to see how the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 played out for our bubble teams, read on in this week’s edition of the bubble breakdown.

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Mirror Driving: Cutting The Cord On Fuel Mileage, Foreign Fan Suicide, And Reviewing Road Courses

*One of the fans' biggest complaints after Michigan was that, again, it was a fuel mileage race. Is there anything NASCAR can do to change the fact that many races come down to how much gas is in the tank?* Kurt: Throw more cautions for debris? I understand not liking to see your guy run out of gas, but it's part of it. Mike: No, they can't. Michigan lends itself to long, green-flag runs, and that can lead to fuel mileage races. I've complained about them in the past, but this one was very exciting. I didn't have a problem this weekend. Beth: Running out of fuel is part of the racing game. If you take the risk, then you also take the consequences.
Jeff: Any race can be a fuel mileage race if the green-flag runs are long enough.

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Camping World 300 at Daytona

It only took three races for Tony Stewart to put a Chevrolet back in Victory Lane. After posting runner-up finishes in both the Budweiser Shootout and Gatorade Duels, Stewart’s first ride with Hendrick Motorsports landed Smoke back in the Winner's Circle, collecting the eighth Nationwide Series victory of his career and his fourth in the last five years at Daytona. Unlike last year, though, which saw Stewart’s No. 20 Toyota all but untouchable, this one was far from a sure-fire thing. Though Stewart was a mainstay in the top 10 all day, it was not until late in the running that he got his No. 80 up front.

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Frontstretch Fantasy Insider: Daytona 2009 – How To Make That Harvey J. Earl Trophy Yours

Just as the Daytona 500 brings stock car racing roaring back to life, it also marks the beginning of the 2009 season for hundreds of thousands of fantasy racers across the country. And just as every driver in the 500 field needs a strong finish this Sunday to kick off their campaigns, every fantasy racer wants to get a jump on their competition the first weekend of the season. Picking a restrictor-plate race is never easy -- but Frontstretch’s own Bryan Davis Keith and Mike Neff are nonetheless going to bump-draft you to the front of your respective leagues.

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2008 Dollar General 300 at Charlotte

Joey Logano made a strong bid early, but Kyle Busch again dominated the Nationwide Series field, leading 137 laps to score a relatively easy win in Friday’s Dollar General 300 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Busch was briefly challenged in the race’s final laps by Jeff Burton, who, unlike the other leaders, opted for four tires on his final pit stop. Burton, however, was unable to make up enough ground on the high side to clear Busch’s No. 18.

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Talking NASCAR TV: ESPN Not Detail Oriented In ‘Dega

A defining race like Sunday’s slugfest at Talladega Superspeedway is only as important to those viewing it as the network covering the broadcast allows it to be. If details are left out or if the excitement factor is either too hyped or not ratcheted up enough, then the whole complexion of a race can turn out differently. ESPN did a pretty good job telling Sunday’s story on a macro level; but the ever-changing small details were the ones that often fell through the cracks.

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