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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 Up & Coming NASCAR Stars

During the final off week of the NASCAR season, despite a year where rookies are few and far between in the Cup Series, we’re taking a look at some stars of tomorrow who could potentially make an impact down the road. There are a multitude of racers spread all over the country, and thousands of …

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Access ARCA: Steve Arpin Ends Title Pursuit, Frank Kimmel Lurking & is Tom Hessert the New Favorite?

Ninth in points after failing to score a top-10 finish in ARCA competition since winning at Texas back in mid-April, Steve Arpin is abandoning his pursuit of the 2010 ARCA championship. Josh Richards will drive the Venturini Motorsports No. 55 at Mansfield this coming Saturday, while Arpin will drive the JR Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet in Saturday’s Nationwide Series race at Gateway. Arpin will also miss the ARCA race at Pocono on July 31, presumably to participate in the Nationwide Series race at Iowa Speedway that same Saturday.

Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2010 Subway Jalapeno 250 at Daytona

The No. 3 returned to Daytona… and to it’s familiar home in victory lane… on Friday night. In what was a debut race for the Nationwide Series’ Car of Tomorrow, Cup regulars and teams were again up front early and often. Of the 102 laps led, 91 were led by Cup drivers, while all 102 …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2010 Tech-Net 300 at Charlotte

Saturday at Charlotte was a classic case of role reversal, with a late comer snatching a Nationwide Series race from the dominant driver of the day. In this case, that late comer was none other than Kyle Busch, who charged from two laps down after pitting under green and incurring a speeding penalty to lead …

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Toledo Aftermath Leaves No Favorite Unscathed in 2010 ARCA Title Chase

It didn’t used to be this way in ARCA. It used to be a foregone conclusion. A challenger would rise, a challenger would fall, and Frank Kimmel would ride off into the sunset with another ARCA championship. This past Sunday at Toledo, Kimmel finished fourth, yet another top five at a track that has been …

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For Steve Arpin, a Welcome Homecoming at Toledo

Steve Arpin spent much of the last month living a dream… driving for one of the strongest organizations in NASCAR, for the company that Dale Earnhardt Jr. built. Though this weekend, with NASCAR’s all-stars taking center stage in Charlotte, Arpin was a long ways away on the Toledo Speedway bullring in Ohio. And he’s loving …

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Steve Arpin ARCA Winner at Salem; Development Drivers Struggle

In speaking with Steve Arpin after practice yesterday, Steve told me “he’d see me in victory lane on Sunday.” That he did. Starting on the outside of the front row, Arpin made quick work of 16-year-old polesitter Max Gresham and went on to lead 138 circuits, scoring a convincing first victory in what was an …

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What to Watch For: 2010 Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 at Salem

After grabbing the provisional pole, Steve Arpin thought he had dodged his biggest bullet when Joey Coulter, fastest in Saturday’s extended practice for the ARCA Racing Series at Salem Speedway, fell short of his qualifying time. He thought wrong. Instead, it was another first-time pole winner that would end the day celebrating. Max Gresham, a …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Steve Arpin Hoping to Challenge for 2010 ARCA Crown

Bryan Davis Keith, Frontstretch: No one in the field here has really tackled this road course before. Talk about your thoughts on coming into the weekend at Palm Beach. Steve Arpin: I think it’s going to be fun. You know, we’ve got a really good car. I didn’t get to actually race the race at …

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