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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2008 Bank of America 500 at Lowe’s

The Chase has reached its halfway point, and for all intents and purposes, we’re down to a three-man race for the title. It’s just not the three men you would have expected after Richmond in September. While Jimmie Johnson remains a major player amongst the Power Rankings, it’s Jeff Burton and Greg Biffle replacing Carl …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2008 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Edition

This week’s race was a crucial one for a number of teams who ran into problems last week at Talladega. One of those contenders – the No. 99 of Carl Edwards – saw similar luck this weekend, when electrical issues forced him to lose a number of laps en route to a 33rd-place finish. But …

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The Yellow Stripe: Sizing Up the Standings, What’s Left to Decide in 2008 for NASCAR’s Top-3 Series

And then there were five. There are just 33 days left (and 14 races across all three series) in the 2008 NASCAR season, and we’re getting inexorably closer to the time of year the prizes are handed out. So, with a little over a month left in the season, let’s take a look at where …

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Running Their Mouth: 2008 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte

This week, here’s a sneak peek at what a select few were thinking following the Bank of America 500 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway outside Charlotte.

Bowles-Eye View: With NASCAR’s Chase Halfway Done, Experience – Not Youth – Has Already Won

As one of the younger NASCAR writers on the beat, it’s easy to get caught up in the hype surrounding a changing of the guard in this sport. So early on, it came as no surprise I was ready to jump on board with a season in which Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards spent the …

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Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2008 Charlotte Fall Race Recap

The Key Moment: Jeff Burton and Jimmie Johnson waged a spirited battle for a few laps after the final restart before points leader Johnson apparently decided discretion was the better part of valor. In a Nutshell: Wasn’t this new car supposed to end the era of cars up front with clean air on the nose …

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Jeff Burton a Title Contender to Some, a Man of Character to All

CONCORD, N.C. – As the first press conferences of the day from Lowe’s Motor Speedway unfolded, no one was surprised to hear the recent controversies of Talladega repeatedly mentioned. Be it the yellow line pass of Regan Smith or Carl Edwards’s bump-draft that took out two fellow Roushketeers, there was certainly plenty to ask about …

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Fanning the Flames: Ford Engines, Regular Season Strokin’ & of Course, Talladega

In case you didn’t hear, we had a little controversy at Talladega this weekend and the second Dr. Jerry Punch exclaimed, “They are saying Tony Stewart has won the race. Tony is the official winner here at Talladega!” I knew I had to be on my game. Well, not one hour later the first email arrived. I’m not publishing all of the letters, because they all said virtually the same thing, that being: “Regan Smith got jobbed.” Instead, I’ve responded to the pair that best represent what I heard all week.

Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: Picking the Best of Some Lowe’s Home Cookin’

The Chase is almost to the halfway point, and the haves and have nots among the Chase contenders are pretty well defined now. Fantasy gamers need to think about how desperate their top drivers are to get back into contention, or if they’re content with their lot and intend for consistent, solid finishes to differentiate …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2008 Amp Energy 500 at Talladega

Blown tires, Big Ones, passes below the yellow line… Talladega had it all this fall. No question about it, the race routinely regarded as the biggest wild card of the Chase lived up to all its expectations, with more than half the title contenders caught up in accidents – some of their own making. But …

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Voice of Vito: Talladega Blights – Regan Smith Disenfranchised, Jimmie Johnson 1 Step Closer

I am going to forego the normal flowery introduction to this week’s column with a decidedly blunt statement: Regan Smith got screwed out of a win Sunday at Talladega. As I see it, the rules are pretty clear, even if the interpretation is not. You can’t go below the yellow line unless you are forced …

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