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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2008 Daytona 500

How the Rankings are Calculated: Frontstretch does their power rankings somewhat similar to how the Associated Press does them for basketball or football — writers on our staff will vote for the top 20 on a 20-19-18-17-16-15… 3-2-1 basis, giving 20 points to their first-place driver, 19 for their second, and so on. In the …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2008 Daytona 500 Edition

For three months the anticipation built up in preparation for the 50th running of the Daytona 500, all the way up until the green flag flew over 43 of the world’s best drivers to kick off the 2008 season Sunday afternoon. The expected Hendrick Motorsports dominance was overshadowed by the success of Joe Gibbs Racing …

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Bowles-Eye View: Tony Stewart’s Daytona Near Misses Inching Him Ever Closer to Earnhardt

As Tony Stewart sulked Sunday at Daytona – wondering when and how his latest opportunity slipped away – I could only help but think of his connection to a legend. That connection, to me, is more palpable than ever now. Perhaps it was because of the historical nature of the day; that as the notes …

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Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2008 Gatorade Duel 150s at Daytona Race Recaps

Race One The Key Moment: Reed Sorenson teamed up with Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the final restart and the duo drove away from the field. Truthfully, as strong at the No. 88 car looked, Earnhardt probably didn’t need help. In a Nutshell: The cars might be OK, and the tires might be OK, but those …

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Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: Everyone’s Opinion Matters in NASCAR

Somewhere in the hurricane of publicity surrounding Dale Earnhardt Jr.‘s move to Rick Hendrick’s organization over NASCAR’s offseason, some comments made by Brian France about the upcoming year were lost. In one of those comments, France stated that perhaps the sanctioning body had been a bit too hasty in handing out penalties for less than …

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Fanning the Flames: Yo, NASCAR! This is a No Spin Zone!

Thanks for another solid batch of input this week. I know everyone’s adrenaline is pumping because it’s Speedweeks, and I’m loving the feedback… so keep it coming. Remember, this is your column, your chance to be heard. Q: Matt, I have been trying to figure this out. Kurt Busch deliberately hit Tony Stewart‘s car three …

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2008 Daytona 500 Edition

The long, cold winter that was the NASCAR offseason has finally come to an end… which means it’s time to turn the key on another season of fantasy racing. Whether your team was the cream of the crop or a basement dweller in 2007, the new season gives all fantasy players a renewed hope that …

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