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Ellen’s NL Commentary

Young Guns Weekend At Bristol Motor Speedway by Ellen Richardson As the first short track race for both the NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup seasons has drawn to a close, there were so many hot topics of the weekend, including the track, tire issues and rivalries flaring up, but for me, the excitement of the …

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Five Points to Ponder: NASCAR Rivalries Unleashed And A Champion Returns

I think it’s safe to say that erstwhile teammates Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano will not be sharing a gentle game of hoops anytime soon. The acrimony between the two began – in public, at least – after the Daytona 500 in a Twitter war about the final restart of the Great American Race. The situation revved up to full-on animosity at Thunder Valley this past weekend after an on-track incident and a post-race altercation of sorts.

Going By the Numbers: Keeping A Sizzling NASCAR Start Throughout 2013

Four races into the 2013 season, the top performer at Richard Childress Racing is not the guy you’d expect. Not Kevin Harvick, the 19-time Cup winner and current flagship of the organization. Not Jeff Burton, the past-his-prime veteran who can still turn in a solid finish here and there. Not even Kurt Busch, whose Furniture Row Racing team is, according to him, basically a fourth Childress car.

Shattering NASCAR’s Open-Wheel Curse… With A Second Chance

One driver said a derogatory term and was suspended, another was fined for a slight criticism of his car, and 28 fans were injured when pieces of a car shot through and over the fence at Daytona.

There have been plenty of negative stories in the opening weeks of the 2013 NASCAR season. There also have been a few positive stories. Look no further than the Nationwide Series point leader.

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in NASCAR: Bristol-Fontana Edition

With performance of the new Generation-6 models beginning to come into question, NASCAR got just what it wanted in an exciting weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. Action packed racing took center stage as some drivers found that the World’s Fastest Half-Mile wasn’t spacious enough to contain their ill fortunes and boiling tempers.

Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: Bristol-1 Race Recap

*The Key Moment* – Brad Keselowski, the race leader, never got up to speed on the final restart, allowing Kasey Kahne and Kyle Busch to pass him before the first corner. While Keselowski and Busch battled over second, Kahne drove off to a win.

*In a Nutshell* – New car, new track, same old Bristol racing.

*Dramatic Moment* – There’s many to choose from, including that final restart, but my nod goes to the incident where Jeff Gordon blew a tire while leading and took out second-place contender Matt Kenseth. It’s rare these days you see the entire complexion of the race change in the blink of an eye. (Or during commercial break, in this case… sigh.)

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“I had an unbelievable Farmers Insurance Chevrolet. Throughout the whole race the pit stops were great. We just came out sixth there which I think Matt (Kenseth) would have beat us out anyways because he didn’t take tires. Tough to say if we would have gotten by him, but I think just two cycles on …

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Tracking The Trucks: NextEra Energy Resources 250

*In a Nutshell:* Johnny Sauter waited patiently, spending the first half of the race riding in the back while others took their turn out front. After going 4-for-4 on wrecks at Daytona during his career, he dodged them, scuttled out front on Lap 85 and used teammate Todd Bodine to hold on for his first ever victory at Daytona.

*Who Should Have Won:* *Ty Dillon.* Richard Childress Racing’s No. 3 truck was dominant during the first half of the race; in all, Dillon led three times for a race-high 56 laps. But as wrecks popped up during the second half, Dillon lost track position and fell towards the back half of the top 10. Whether others had recognized Dillon’s speed or the sophomore just made some bad moves, he was never able to assert himself up front when it counted down the stretch. Dillon, who finished sixth has to be sitting there this Saturday morning wondering what could have been.

Frontstretch Foto Funnies: Put ‘Em Up!

_Welcome to the Frontstretch Foto Funnies! Ever see a photo that’s just begging for a caption? We see them all the time! Each week, we’ll pick a few, and our let our staff give it their best shot. Then we’ll post the best ones for you!_

_Want to get in on the fun? Each week, we’ll also designate one of the photos for fan captions. Leave your best ideas in the comments below or on our Facebook page. We’ll choose our favorite one and reprint the photo next week with its new caption! This week’s Fan Foto is Photo No. 2 (the one with Jeff Burton with his dukes up). Ready, set…caption that!_

The Chevrolet SS is unveiled at Daytona International Speedway

For the first time in a very long time, a major car manufacturer has unveiled a passenger car at Daytona International Speedway in conjunction with the Daytona 500. The much anticipated Chevrolet SS rolled into the DIS Fanzone shortly after 1:00 Eastern today with Jeff Gordon behind the wheel. The car is set to hit …

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