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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 Food City 500 at Bristol

The fastest half-mile in the world at Bristol battered many of Cup’s top contenders and spit them out. Bad luck struck more than one competitor, most notably Greg Biffle, causing mechanical problems which dropped him out of the top 15 in our Power Rankings. But every driver’s pain is someone else’s gain, and when the …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Digger’s Bristol Disappearance, Lazy Legends Coverage & Screwy Scrolls

Hello, race fans. After a week off, both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series were back in action this past weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway in the mountains of eastern Tennessee for both the Food City 500 and Scotts Turf Builder 300. In addition, a special “Saturday Night Special” charity event featuring legends of the …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta

Four weeks into the season, the top of the Sprint Cup standings are still a long way from getting sorted out. But after everyone got a chance to take a deep breath this past weekend after Atlanta, it’s easy to notice a few trends starting to take shape. Once again, the multi-car giants of Roush, …

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Race Season is Upon Us: Please Do Your Part

Well, fans, it’s already St. Patrick’s Day. We’re four races into the Sprint Cup Series season and we’ve had three races each in the Nationwide and Camping World Truck series seasons. The American Le Mans Series starts up this weekend with the 12 Hours of Sebring, Formula 1’s Grand Prix of Australia is next weekend, …

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The Yellow Stripe: Who’s No. 1? Listing the 10 Best NASCAR Tracks in the Cup Series Today

After a momentary pause for breath this past weekend, NASCAR plows right into some of the best venues listed on their schedule. In the next two months, the Sprint Cup Series visits eight terrific tracks: Bristol, Martinsville, Texas, Phoenix, Talladega, Richmond, Darlington and Lowe’s Motor Speedway – places that hope to get a fan’s mind …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Grading NASCAR Smarts on SPEED… With This Week in NASCAR Thrown In

Greetings, race fans, and welcome to this week’s TV critique. Unfortunately, all three of NASCAR’s major touring series took the week off last weekend. This leaves me to give my opinions on some of the magazine shows on television. However, the buildup to the NCAA basketball tournaments (men’s and women’s) has gotten in the way …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Aching Over FOX’s Graphical Gremlins in Atlanta

Atlanta brought us two races with tight finishes. This type of action is definitely pleasing for race fans to watch on television – but were the race telecasts up to par? Let’s find out. Often times, the first thing I do on Friday afternoons is click on SPEED to check out either Cup Pole Qualifying …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 Shelby 427 at Las Vegas

The Jewel in the Desert offered up some fast and furious competition on Sunday, with the Shelby 427 perhaps taking its place as the most competitive racing yet out in Las Vegas. In the end, the 1.5-mile oval took a rather unexpected toll on some motors, a more expected one on some nerves, and turned …

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Talking NASCAR TV: My Pre-Race Cup Runneth Over – How to Fix It & Other Vegas Notes

Greetings, race fans! Las Vegas was the first NASCAR weekend of the season with only two of its top-three series competing. While the Camping World Truck Series teams took the week off and dealt with the storm that blanketed most of North Carolina with a substantial amount of snow (I got about two inches here …

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Kyle Busch Overcomes Early Weekend Engine Woes to Win at Home in 2009 Shelby 427 at Las Vegas

When Kyle Busch is really confident about his racecar late in an event, that typically equals serious trouble for his competitors. When Busch passed Jeff Burton for the lead late in the going, he cued his radio and said “Goodnight, Gracie” to his crew, a signal that it was all over and that no one …

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Mirror Driving: Discussing Michael Waltrip’s Surprise, Kyle Busch’s “Historical” Moment & Driver Responsibility

Kyle Busch made history, becoming the first driver to win two major touring series races on the same day – but is this history good for the sport overall?