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Fan’s View: A Conflicted Fan the Result of Cheering for Too Many NASCAR Drivers

As a fan, baseball is a simple game. I cheer for the Red Sox. That’s it. I don’t play fantasy leagues, think that maybe Baltimore is looking pretty good this year or St. Louis recruited an awesome rookie so I’ll send some happy thoughts that way. It’s my team or nothing. I am not so …

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Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2012 Martinsville Spring Race Recap

On the first green-white-checkered restart, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson led the field to the green, both on worn tires as competitors behind them on fresh ones licked their chops. Clint Bowyer, propelled by a solid shot to his rear bumper from Ryan Newman, took the Hendrick duo three-wide towards the first turn and it didn’t work out too well for any of the three of them. Meanwhile, Newman snaked his way into the lead and, ultimately, the win.

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2012 Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas

The late-race focus might have been on Tony Stewart and his battle with Jimmie Johnson for the win, but Stewart has to be extra happy after this one since teammate Ryan Newman managed to quietly move through the late fracas and grab a fourth-place finish with his own Stewart-Haas Racing car. Newman flew in under the radar, weaving among the Roush Fenway triumvirate who had been fighting amongst themselves and stole the show – along with a top-five finish in the process.

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2011 Sylvania 300 at Loudon

He didn’t get much television time, except for a brief stint during green-flag stops when he took over the race lead, but Regan Smith very quietly put his No. 78 in the top 10 for the day, finishing 10th. Sure, he capitalized on fuel mileage… but Smith raced all day to get in position to do so. Considering what he has to work with driving for a single-car team, this fourth-year veteran has really shown some mettle in the driver’s seat in 2011. It would be interesting to see what he could do in the cockpit of a car like the No. 33, possibly open at Richard Childress Racing for an entire season in 2012.

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2011 Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan

Read this week’s Power Rankings to see if your favorite driver moved up after a good tire call at the end or if they slid down after their engine let them down.

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2011 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen

Marcos Ambrose finally found his way to victory lane Monday, taking charge in a green-white-checkered finish to conquer his personal demons at Watkins Glen.

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