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10 Points to Ponder… After the 2008 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona

1. The Other Big Three – American automakers GM, Ford and Chrysler have just about reached the panic stage as their financial well-being becomes a critical concern. GM stock has lost approximately 75% of its value over the last year, Ford Motor Company has seen a 50% decline of stock value in the last three …

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Happy Hour: Jimmy Spencer & NASCAR’s ‘Young Punks’

Former NASCAR driver and current TV commentator Jimmy Spencer recently addressed a crowded media center for a modifieds celebration to answer questions, and while speaking, he showed some disdain for some of the younger drivers in NASCAR today. His big beef is that the young guys today don’t appreciate what drivers in his day did …

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: Avoiding the Big One at Daytona

Daytona marks the beginning of the second half of the season. This is often the time of year when people reevaluate their fantasy teams and decide if they are in a strong position or if it is time to make wholesale changes and revamp their rosters. Daytona also scares a lot of owners because there …

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Tearing Apart the Trucks: Tony Stewart Driving for Randy Moss? It’s Possible…

The Boston Herald reported Monday that New England Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss is set to debut his Craftsman Truck Series team, “Randy Moss Motorsports,” during the Built Ford Tough 225 at Kentucky Speedway on July 19. In that article, the Herald also claimed Moss bought a large chunk of Morgan-Dollar Motorsports and will be …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2008 LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at Loudon

The LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at Loudon was billed as a race that went “the extra mile,” but it’s actually all the miles that didn’t happen which led to a major jumble in both the race – and our Power Rankings. With rain wreaking havoc on the final running order, you had Kurt Busch, Michael …

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Voice of Vito: Toyota Ruling the Roost of NASCAR in Both Competition & Compelling Personalities

The New NASCAR: Some love it, others revile it, but everybody’s got an opinion. The Car of Tomorrow has its share of detractors and supporters, as does the television coverage and what has become the “over-commercialization” of the sport in recent years (Which always strikes me as funny – here’s a sport that is based …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2008 LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at Loudon Edition

Rain just laps from the finish at Loudon was a blessing for a number of teams, who were able to use pit strategy to finish much higher than where they’d run all day. But for as many teams as the rain helped, it hurt plenty of others. Tony Stewart had arguably the best car all …

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Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2008 New Hampshire Summer Race Recap

The Key Moment: A Biblical downpour bought the sedate proceedings at New Hampshire to a mercifully quick ending, with Kurt Busch emerging as the winner in a high-paying game of musical chairs. In a Nutshell: A wholly unsatisfying ending to a wholly unsatisfying race. Dramatic Moment: There was a brief period of racing between Tony …

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10 Points to Ponder… After the 2008 LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at Loudon

1. What Could Possibly Go Wrong? – Hendrick Motorsports made it official last Friday that Casey Mears – who joined HMS in 2007 to replace Brian Vickers – would be released from his No. 5 Chevy ride at season’s end. Said team owner Rick Hendrick at the time of Mears’s signing, “Casey is a talented …

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