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Tracking the Trucks: 2009 EnjoyIllinois.com 225 at Chicagoland

*In a Nutshell:* Kyle Busch took the checkered flag 0.580 seconds ahead of Todd Bodine to win the EnjoyIllinois.com 225 Friday night at Chicagoland Speedway. Busch took the lead for the final time with 19 laps remaining on the way to scoring his fourth win in ten starts this season. Colin Braun, Rick Crawford, and Johnny Sauter rounded out the Top 5. *Who Should Have Won: Kyle Busch.* Busch started in the fourth position and wasted no time working his way to the front.

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Tracking the Trucks: 2009 WinStar Casino 400 at Texas

*In a Nutshell:* Todd Bodine took the checkered flag 1.321 seconds ahead of Matt Crafton to win the WinStar World Casino 400 at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday night. Bodine gambled on fuel strategy and won, scoring his fifth victory at the mile and a half track. Colin Braun, Johnny Benson and Rick Crawford rounded out the Top 5.

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Tracking the Trucks: 2009 AAA Insurance 200 at Dover

*Who Should Have Won:* Kyle Busch. Busch started 10th and wasted no time working his way to the front, passing multiple cars on the first lap after the green flag flew. Numerous times, Kyle Busch made the same moves throughout the race, always resulting in him pulling into the lead. Busch went on to lead the most laps--133 of 200--before a right front tire failure and the resulting hard hit on the outside wall ended his run to the win. The driver of the No. 51 Miccosukee Resort and Gaming Toyota was left to settle for a 9th place finish.

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Bubble Breakdown: Rain Plays Into The Hands Of Gordon While Riggs Rains On Baldwin’s Parade

Well the 24 hours of Charlotte finally came to an end late Monday afternoon. And the 50th running of the Coca Cola 600 was dominated by Kyle Busch and the weather. The race never went green on Sunday and suffered rain delays again on Monday before finally being called and producing a surprise winner. So to see which bubble teams gambled on the weather and won, and which wound up all wet, read on in this week’s edition of the bubble breakdown.

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Bubble Breakdown: Sam Hornish Jr. Rips Off First Top 10 of 2009, Solidifies Locked-In Spot

Bad news has hit one of our bubble teams since the last race at Texas. After several patchwork sponsorship deals to keep the team afloat through March, the No. 8 Chevrolet driven by Aric Almirola has been shut down due to a lack of funding. Earnhardt Ganassi Racing plans to bring everyone back once sponsorship is found, but with the car sitting outside the Top 35, sponsors aren’t really lining up to throw money at them. Despite that disappointment, there was also plenty of good news coming out of Phoenix, too. Several teams sitting outside the Top 35 posted top-10 qualifying performances, while another one fighting to stay inside it actually managed to finish there. So, read on to see who’s moving up and who’s moving in the opposite direction in this week’s edition of the Bubble Breakdown:

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Frontstretch Power Rankings: Top 15 NASCAR Drivers NOT In Sprint Cup

With the off week in full swing, it presented an opportunity for the Frontstretch experts to do something a little different. Instead of grading the Cup guys, we took a look at those drivers who often get shunned from the spotlight these days... the drivers exclusive to the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series desperate to make a name for themselves. These divisions are filled with established veterans and young guns mixed together to provide a cornucopia of driving talent. And since you never know when a Cup ride will become available... we thought it's high time to figure out who's proved himself most worthy of filling the spot as of late. Read on to see if your favorite non-Cup driver made the list in this special edition of the Top 15.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not In NASCAR’s Other Top Series

Something that both the Nationwide and Truck Series do share is a two-driver breakaway in the points standings. However, while one of those battles is just heating up, the other threatens to cool down as soon as Kansas in two weeks considering one or both of the drivers involved may not run the full schedule. Which championship in which series am I talking about? Find out by checking out the HOT, WARM, and COLD drivers of NASCAR's second and third biggest series. Not surprisingly, the way things are these days, you will notice a familiar name or two from Sprint Cup on the list.

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Bubble Breakdown: Toyota Bubble Teams Struggle Mightily at Martinsville While Menard Sneaks In

The last remnants of the 2008 season have finally been cast by the wayside, as NASCAR now uses this year's owner points in determining who has a guaranteed starting spot and who has to qualify on time. But as the drivers now outside of the Top 35 readied themselves to give it all they had at Martinsville in order to qualify for the race on Friday -- it rained. So, the field was set according to the owner standings, sending the last four cars back to their shops while the top 43 lined up Sunday afternoon. Of the ones that remained, which drivers were able to race their way up into the Top 35 for the first time under the 2009 points standings? Read on in this week’s edition of the Bubble Breakdown to see who moved up and who dropped out.

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Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: A Look Back At The 2009 Season To Date

Already, we’re seeing some trends develop only a month deep into the seemingly endless Tragical Mystery Tour that is this year’s Cup schedule. And the following information is offered due to one irrefutable fact -- there was no Cup race last Sunday, and there’s damn little to write about right now as a deadline looms.

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