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2008 Season Preview: Will Toyota Become a Sophomore Sensation With Gibbs… Or Enter a Sophomore Slump?

Today’s Season Preview Topic: Toyota made a major effort to upgrade their teams in the offseason, making a blockbuster deal with Joe Gibbs Racing.

2008 Season Preview: How Will Dale Earnhardt Jr. Do At Hendrick?

Emerging from the shadow of DEI, will Dale Earnhardt Jr. succeed in his first year with a new team – or will the pressure of expectations set him up for failure?

Rick Crawford Driver Diary: Home Sweet Homestead

We’ve been to Texas and Phoenix since our last diary. Starting with Texas, our Circle Bar Racing Team went there with the Power Stroke Diesel by International Ford F-150 with our guns loaded and had a top-five finish, but it wasn’t that easy. It sort of left a mark with that last green/white/checkered finish that …

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Rick Crawford Driver Diary: 4 Feet Short & Gone Golfing

Sorry for keeping you all waiting on this edition of my diary. Sometimes our schedules just get crazy! Our last race at Talladega was definitely a good one. That was a very important one for me since Talladega is my home track. I’m from L.A. That stands for Lower Alabama, which is where my hometown …

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Mirror Driving: Dale Jarrett’s Road to TV Geek, Jason Keller’s Record-Breaking Streak, & Did Villeneuve Get the Respect He Seeks?

Dale Jarrett is set to announce his future plans this week. Is cutting short his tenure with MWR the right thing to do?

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings After the 2007 UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega

1) Jeff Gordon (Six First-Place Votes)
Was going to either win or become a hood ornament on Tony Stewart’s Chevy in a daring last-lap pass at Talladega.

Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2007 UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Edition

This is the week the Chasers dread most, as the Nextel Cup Series heads to Talladega Superspeedway for the first restrictor-plate race under Car of Tomorrow conditions. The 2.66-mile high-banked oval is notorious for being a crapshoot – simply because the restricted engines keep everyone in a three-wide pack most of the day. In that …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings After the 2007 Dodge Dealers 400 at Dover

Frontstretch Editors’ Nextel Cup Power Rankings As of Sept. 26, 2007 1) Tony Stewart (4 First-Place Votes) (Last Week: No. 1) – Home Depot wants us to smell the Smoke. Bet they won’t put THAT slogan in Tony’s armpits! 2) Carl Edwards (1 First-Place Vote) (Last Week: No. 8) Uh-oh… Roush found out all of …

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Mirror Driving: A Hamlin-Petty Brawl, Are Dover Pits Too Small? & Team Orders Leave Us Appalled

Kyle Petty and Denny Hamlin got into it at Dover, after Petty confronted Hamlin in his car following a nasty incident. Who should be apologizing to who?

Rick Crawford Driver Diary: Drag Racing, Sweet Trucks & Toyota’s Secret

We had a solid top-five run at Bristol. It was exciting to run there, especially on the new pavement at Bristol Motor Speedway. Well, actually the new concrete rather. Let me rephrase that. It’s a new concrete surface. Bruton Smith and all the staff at Bristol Motor Speedway did a terrific job designing the new …

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