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Mirror Driving: Matt Crafton’s Penalty, Kyle & Kurt’s Big Problems & Johnson Playing Dumb?

Matt Crafton was penalized at Gateway Saturday and sent to the back of the longest line for two incidents where he made contact with the truck in front of him.

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond

The final weekend in the race for the Chase saw plenty of playoff-worthy drivers put their best foot forward at Richmond. Brian Vickers slipped in, Kyle Busch fell just short… and there were a slew of others in between who made it clear they’ll spend this fall fighting for a season championship. The shuffling of …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Chase Elimination Edition

Maybe Kyle Busch smashing that Sam Bass-crafted guitar earlier this year was bad luck after all. Saturday night’s Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway proved to play a different tune than Busch’s preference, though the racing Gods left enough light at the end of the tunnel for the No. 18 team to …

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5 Points to Ponder Heading Into NASCAR’s 2009 Chase

ONE: Can you truly crown a champion without Kyle Busch in the Chase? Kyle Busch has been the subject of criticism and often times hatred amongst race fans everywhere who would love nothing more than to see a Chase-less Busch. But while every dodged interview and eccentric victory celebration makes NASCAR’s most diehard fans’ blood …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2009 Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Looking at the numbers, two top-10 finishes since 2004 is hardly anything to write home about. In fact, Brian Vickers has yet to score a top five at Richmond, and his average finish is somewhere worse than 25th. But Vickers put together his career-best run at Richmond on …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta

The aged surface of Atlanta Motor Speedway offered up multi-groove racing from the drop of the green flag that also yielded some bizarre events, with Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards both having freak problems that knocked them out of contention. Tony Stewart also had another off weekend, which cost him some of his first-place votes …

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Happy Hour: Revisiting NASCAR Predictions From Feb. 2009

Editor’s Note: Kurt Smith is once again vacationing and shirking his duties at Frontstretch, thinking himself the big shot after a couple of brief radio appearances and whatnot. But as a public service to you the Frontstretch readers, he left us a revisit of an earlier column asking our great writers about the future of …

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Did You Notice? NASCAR’s a Young Man’s Game, Chasing Survival & Highway Robbery

Did You Notice? That with Michael Waltrip and now Bobby Labonte possibly out of full-time rides in 2010, the Cup Series has become more of a young man’s game than ever before – and the age of gray-haired success stories may finally be gone for good? Looking at the lineup of 2010 full-time teams, just …

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