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Bowles-Eye View: Earnhardt Jr.’s Win Stress Relief? For Now… But the Pressure’s Still On

For most NASCAR aficionados, the 83 days between the last race at Homestead and the green flag for the Bud Shootout seem like nothing less than an eternity. But in the case of one man more than anyone else, 2008 couldn’t come soon enough – if for no other reason than to take the prognosticators …

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Racing at the Beach: Tragedy, Triumph & Controversial Finishes at Daytona, 2001-07

Editor’s Note: With the 50th running of the Daytona 500 just days away, we’re proud to present Frontstretch Senior Writer Matt McLaughlin’s “History of Daytona” series. McLaughlin has profiled all 49 Daytona 500s – and whether it’s Pearson and Petty spinning through the grass or Earnhardt finally getting the monkey off his back, he’ll have …

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Who’s the Champ, Who’s the Chump & Who’s in the Chase: 2008 NASCAR Staff Predictions

Now that another new NASCAR season is officially upon us, the time is here for our Frontstretch staff to look like geniuses… or fools… with our picks for who makes the Chase – and most importantly, who takes this year’s title. So, read on to find out who your favorite expert picked to bring home …

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Voices From the Heartland: Why Brian France Is Driving Me Insane

I honestly didn’t want to start my year out like this, but I have been given no choice. You see, what happened was Brian France opened his mouth and spoke – the ramifications of which are further proof that the world has gone totally insane. That’s right, insane. It’s to the point that I would …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: 2008 Preseason Top 15

Editor’s Note: In our ongoing quest to make our site bigger and better, Frontstretch is proud to expand our power rankings to a full website feature. We do our rankings similar to the Associated Press for basketball and football… each staff member that votes ranks the drivers on a 20-19-18-17-16-15-14… 3-2-1 basis, with the first-place …

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2008 Season Preview: How Can NASCAR Stop the Bleeding?

After a year of declining TV ratings and empty seats in the stands, NASCAR is working hard to win back the fans. What’s the most important thing to do?

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?

Down in Daytona 2008: A Rundown of Sprint Cup Testing

The Sprint Cup Series has officially finished Preseason Thunder testing at Daytona, and after six days of action featuring 56 drivers, it was Kasey Kahne who left the famed 2.5-mile superspeedway as the fastest. The 27-year-old from Gillett Evernham Motorsports shined on the third and final day of the second session, besting all competitors with …

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Thompson in Turn 5: There Will Be Only 1 Junior to Blame

When Dale Earnhardt Jr. took to the track for testing Monday in the new No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Mountain Dew/National Guard Chevrolet, his presence at Daytona officially ushered in a new era for fans hopeful for greater success in the coming years for stock car racing’s Most Popular Driver. Now that the son of NASCAR …

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Down in Daytona 2008: Toyotas Overshadow Junior/Hendrick, Dominate Single-Car Runs in Opening Day of Session 2

Editor’s Note: Mike Lovecchio will be covering testing news and information in a variety of ways for us this January at Daytona. To read his reports from earlier in the week, be sure to click the links below: Cup Testing, Day 1 Cup Testing, Day 2 Truck Testing, Day 1 Truck Testing, Day 2 Truck …

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