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What’s Vexing Vito: Something Not Quite Right With NASCAR – But What?

There is something amiss with the most recent iteration of the Sprint Cup Chase for the Championship, and the homestretch of the 2010 NASCAR season as a whole. Yeah, yeah, I know – feel free to lob your Chase grenades this way. Pull the pin and lazily lob them my way, like a Barry Bonds …

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Grading the 2010 NASCAR Pack, Part II: Drivers A-Kenseth

With the NASCAR season two-thirds of the way gone and the final off week now out of our way, we’re taking a brief moment of respite, grading all the drivers and teams once again on their performance so far in 2010.

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in NASCAR Sprint Cup: 2010 Watkins Glen-Michigan Edition

With the checkered flag at Watkins Glen, NASCAR’s two-race road-course experiment has been shelved for another season. If only Marcos Ambrose had four more ahead of him, we might see the No. 47 in victory lane, after all. Instead, he and Juan Pablo Montoya must adjust to the daunting prospect of all left turns at …

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Bubble Breakdown: Marcos Ambrose Amazing While Scott Speed Slips Onto Edges of Top 35… Again

Last week at Pocono, Sam Hornish Jr. was all smiles when his fourth consecutive top 11 at the tricky triangle capped a five-race, 157-point climb up the standings for his No. 77. The run moved them past Marcos Ambrose, who suffered his third engine failure of 2010, and Elliott Sadler, who was left catching his breath after a horrifying late-race crash, while putting the top 25 in points within reach.

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in NASCAR Sprint Cup: 2010 Indy-Pocono Edition

Here’s the final stat line for Juan Pablo Montoya’s last two years at Indy: 202 laps led out of a possible 320 (63%), two front-row starting spots, zero wins, zero top-10 finishes, one pit-road speeding penalty, one faulty debris caution, one bad pit-road call. If you guessed those numbers knocked Montoya off the Hot list …

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Bubble Breakdown: Brickyard Where Top-35 Dreams Went to Die… Or DNQ

Two weeks ago, the stage for the Brickyard’s bubble battle was set on an Illinois night where all 10 drivers ranked 28th through 37th failed to finish on the lead lap. The race began with TRG Motorsports’ No. 71 parking, bringing an early end to Landon Cassill’s second Cup start. It ended with a violent …

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What’s Vexing Vito: NASCAR Fines Carl Edwards – But For What Exactly?

In my Tuesday Voice of Vito column, I opined on the lunacy that has become “Have At It Boys!” following Saturday night’s debacle at Gateway International Raceway – GIR, baby. It is a phrase that has worked its way into NASCAR lexicon and has become as irritating as “Young Gun” was a decade ago. That …

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Bubble Breakdown: Robby Gordon’s Sorry Saturday Not What the Doctor Ordered

Last week, bubble drivers continued to make headlines among the humps and bumps of Daytona’s war-weary pavement. Elliott Sadler’s No. 19 and Sam Hornish Jr.’s No. 77 combined to lead 25 laps, only to wreck each other out of top-5 finishes. “The Big One” reared its ugly head, deflating the cushions of Regan Smith and …

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Running Their Mouth: 2010 LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland

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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