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Fantasy Insider: Late Revenge Tactics Could Ruin This Fantasy

2014 Pocono II CUP Alan Gustafson Jefff Gordon CIA

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One of the things that is out of a NASCAR fantasy team owner’s control are the revenge tactics that can take place on the track. And since we are now down to the final three races of the season, there seems to be a lot of “getting even” stuff going on. There are few of …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Winless Champ Not Such a Stretch After All?

2014 Martinsville II CUP Dale Earnhardt Jr burnout CIA

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One week makes all the difference, doesn’t it? Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s win at Martinsville on Sunday, while great for the morale of the team, was a case of too little too late. After being eliminated from the Chase one week prior at Talladega, Earnhardt pulled through and won the very next week at Martinsville, a …

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Did You Notice? … Stories Outside The Chase, A Fork In The Road For Harvick And Quick Hits

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Did You Notice?… There’s still plenty more going on these days than the Chase? As we enter the final three races of 2014, here’s a quick look at some great stories going on that have been buried by NASCAR’s “playoffs, playoffs, playoffs…” Kyle Larson. Yeah, he was terrible at Martinsville but Larson, who has wrapped …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500

2014 Martinsville II CUP Dale Earnhardt Jr burnout CIA

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Key Moment – During the caution flag that flew for the third incident between Kasey Kahne and Brian Vickers on lap 278, Steve Letarte realized that Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was going to restart in the fourth position, which would have put him in the outside line. Letarte called Earnhardt in, put four tires on his …

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Four Burning Questions in Martinsville: Vengeful Contenders and Crew Swaps

The long, winding road that is the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season is entering its final stretch today, with Martinsville Speedway being the site of today’s round of playoff-racing action. Today’s race marks the start of what is arguably the most pivotal round of the Chase, as a win in this round will grant a …

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Holding A Pretty Wheel: Crew Chief Swaps Often Not Overnight Cure

2014 Sonoma CUP Danica Patrick Tony Gibson CIA

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In what the team termed as an “evaluation” move, Stewart-Haas Racing announced earlier this week that it would swap the crew chiefs and road crews for the Nos. 10 and 41 teams of drivers Danica Patrick and Kurt Busch. Vice President of Competition Greg Zipadelli said the move was made “to get a head start …

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Frontstretch Foto Funnies: Bottoms Up

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"Here, This'll keep you from saying anything mean about other drivers..." (Photo: CIA Stock Photography)

Welcome to the Frontstretch Foto Funnies! Ever see a photo that’s just begging for a caption? We see them all the time! Each week, we’ll pick a few, then let our staff give it their best shot. We’ll post the best ones for you! Want to get in on the fun?  Leave your best ideas …

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Fantasy Insider: Martinsville Mayhem Ahead

One of the interesting things about the fantasy world in NASCAR is that as the Chase field narrows, just who is in the Chase in real life means less and less for your fantasy picks most likely. It’s just simple numbers. With just eight drivers remaining in contention for the title heading into Martinsville, that …

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Did You Notice? … Tough Sledding, Payback Time And Penalty Free

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Did You Notice?… How ratings keep declining in this Chase? Talladega, the Russian Roulette 500-miler of the playoffs should have been a “can’t miss” race for those interested in the sport’s new format. There’s no event more unpredictable for an “elimination” event, whereby the checkered flag Sprint Cup’s postseason field was trimmed from twelve to …

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Fantasy Insider: Taking The Talladega Gamble

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It’s a race that real NASCAR teams and fantasy NASCAR owners as well have been anticipating and dreading at the same time. The restrictor plate race at Talladega Sunday could likely be the best of times and worst of times for teams. With such significant drivers like Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski …

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Frontstretch Foto Funnies: No, Really, It’s MY Week…

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"Trust me, Jimmie; running poorly isn't as bad as the media says it is..." (Photo: CIA Stock Photography)

Welcome to the Frontstretch Foto Funnies! Ever see a photo that’s just begging for a caption? We see them all the time! Each week, we’ll pick a few, then let our staff give it their best shot. We’ll post the best ones for you! Want to get in on the fun?  Leave your best ideas …

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