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Closing NASCAR’s 7th Decade: The Top-12 Drivers – Including the Champ Who’ll Lead Us Into 2010

2009 closes out the first decade of the 21st century for NASCAR, and what a long, strange trip it’s been. Who would have thought back in 2000 Petty Enterprises would cease to exist nine years later – along with no Adam Petty to lead NASCAR’s first family into the next generation? Or that Dale Earnhardt …

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Bowles-Eye View: 5 Feel-Good Stories Giving Daytona an Unexpected Boost

Heading into Daytona Speedweeks, Martin Truex Jr.’s No. 1 on the side of his Chevy was synonymous with the one piece left alone from a desperation merger. Now, that “1” stands for something far more exciting – Daytona 500 polesitter – closing out a weekend that’s given hope to people looking for some different faces up …

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Martin Truex Jr. Claims Pole for 2009 Daytona 500

The Daytona 500 has what may be the quirkiest system for setting the field of any race in all of professional motorsports. On Sunday, it was Pole Qualifying day at Daytona. Pole qualifying for the Daytona 500 only sets the front row for the race, though. It also sets the starting lineups for the two …

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Top 10 Things I Would Like to See Happen in NASCAR in 2009

10. Jimmie Johnson wins the now totally worthless Bud Shootout, is crowned 2009 Cup champion after the race and Brian France cancels the rest of the meaningless season in his ultimate plan to cut costs for the rest of the teams. 9. The rest of the world finally realizes that I am right and recognizes …

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Voice of Vito: America’s Most Wanted – Top-5 NASCAR Drivers to Watch in 2009

Editor’s Note: Catch Vito on a new day this season – his column will appear each Wednesday throughout all of 2009. Finally. After a NASCAR offseason that seemed to last longer than it ever has in previous years – due in large part to a virtual ban on preseason testing and a harsh winter of …

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2009 Season Preview: Will NASCAR’s Big 4 Be Stopped?

After another long offseason, NASCAR is set to return to our lives with the 31st Annual Bud Shootout in less than two weeks! That means it’s time to get the blood racing and your mind fixated on another year of our sport. This week, we’ll get you thinking on six big questions facing NASCAR this …

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2009 Season Preview: Will Mark Martin Be a Contender?

After another long offseason, NASCAR is set to return to our lives with the 31st Annual Bud Shootout in less than two weeks! That means it’s time to get the blood racing and your mind fixated on another year of our sport. This week, we’ll get you thinking on six big questions facing NASCAR this …

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Mirror Driving: Mourning the Pettys, Moving the Banquet & Putting Off the Nationwide CoT

Welcome to Mirror Driving. Every week, your favorite columnists sit down and give their opinion about the latest NASCAR news and rumors. Love us or hate us, make a comment below and tell us how you feel about what we’ve said! This Week’s Participants: Tom Bowles (Editor-In-Chief; Mondays/Bowles-Eye View & Wednesdays/Did You Notice?) Mike Neff (Wednesdays/Power Rankings …

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Fanning the Flames: Closing the Inbox on the 2008 NASCAR Season

The NASCAR offseason is finally upon us; but as they say, there is no rest for the weary. It’s been a blast talking with so many of you during my second season with Frontstretch, so keep those questions coming and we’ll publish a few Fanning the Flames columns during the circuit’s downtime. Besides, some of …

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: Get a Head Start on NASCAR 2009 With a 2008 Stats Review

A season of NASCAR fantasy racing has once again come and gone. Jimmie Johnson was the best at the end of the year, and came home with his third consecutive Cup championship. But while Johnson was on top when the Chase wrapped up, he was far from the best fantasy driver on the racetrack. Instead, …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2008 NASCAR Season Breakdown

The checkered flag has flown over the field at Homestead marking the end of a historic 2008 NASCAR season. We saw controversial and exciting finishes, scary crashes and a historic third consecutive championship for the dynasty that is Jimmie Johnson, Chad Knaus and the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team. The season also featured three consistently …

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