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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2012 Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville

If there is one word that describes Kasey Kahne’s season to date, it would be snakebit. After waiting an entire year to take over his dream ride, Kahne has a season-best 14th place at Fontana to show for it. This week would be no different for Kahne, who won his second pole of the year, but was forced to watch the end of the race from the infield after his engine detonated on lap 316. Kahne finished a dismal 38th, the worst among all drivers planning to run the full event. The finish drops Kahne to 31st in driver points and the No. 5 to 32nd in owner points.

Bubble Breakdown: Brendan Gaughan’s Bad Day Gives a “Front Row” Opportunity for Underdogs

The first car to fall out of Phoenix, however, was TRG Motorsports’ No. 71, derailing Brendan Gaughan’s first Cup race since (as a YouTube viewer corrected) the Truck Series veteran drove in relief of Mike Bliss at the 2005 Pocono 500.

Bubble Breakdown: Kevin Conway, Robby Gordon’s Team Still Headed the Wrong Way

Dave Blaney gunned FRM’s No. 38 a full 39 points closer to the bubble, where Robby Gordon’s new wheelman Kevin Conway suffered a second straight DNF. But for Bob Jenkins’s only team outside the Top 35, in order to exact FRM’s revenge on the Conway-ExtenZe duo, the team would still have to drive through Latitude 43 Motorsports, now a tantalizing seven points right in front of them.

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2010 NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Montreal Edition

Oh la la! What a race in Montreal on Sunday, the type where the fans gave a standing ovation longer than some stayed in the stands at Chicagoland this year. That French kiss of fresh energy has everyone buzzing about a second-tier division whose ratings have quietly risen 6% during a year where NASCAR’s sky is falling.

Bubble Breakdown: Front Row Motorsports Regroups at Brutal Bristol

Last week at Michigan, Elliott Sadler ended a nine month top-10 drought and amassed a season high 375-point cushion on the bubble. Regan Smith and Scott Speed also turned heads on race day by parlaying pit strategy into a pair of top-25 finishes while Sam Hornish Jr. continued a steady seven-race gain. But behind these …

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Bubble Breakdown: Elliott Sadler Bounces Back After Brutal Pocono Wreck, Top-35 Notes

Tremendous point swings marked last week’s chapter of the 2010 Top-35 battle as the twists and turns of Watkins Glen stirred up the standings. While Marcos Ambrose earned a season-best third-place finish and 90 points of cushion, Scott Speed plummeted 46 points down into bubble danger with the first last-place finish in his young Cup …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2010 Missouri Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 at Gateway

You could see it coming from a mile away. After battling for the lead for nearly the entire 250 miles on Saturday night, Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards were again duking it out up front as they took the white flag. With Edwards holding the advantage entering turn 2, Keselowski pulled the bump and run …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2010 Heluva Good 200 at Dover

Cup regulars ran roughshod over the Nationwide Series field all day Saturday, with Kyle Busch winning the pole by obliterating David Green‘s 2004 qualifying record and proceeding to lead 191 laps in scoring already his fourth win of the 2010 season, enduring several late race restarts to do so. Cup regulars, who scored seven of …

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