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Friday, March 29, 2013

He led 125 laps. He had the best car all day. He was the leader on the last restart and used a huge run on the outside on the final turn of the final lap to end a 31-race winless drought. 

So, what was the first question posed to Kyle Busch in the post-race presser?

 

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Sliced Bread Prepares His Sandwich

Five drivers not named Jimmie with a chance to win in Fontana
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Joey Logano was born in 1990. Take a minute to let that sink in, as it makes most of us, myself included, feel older than we thought we were.

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Well, has the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series gotten your attention? If not, then clearly you don't like high speeds, intense action and bitter rivalries. Sunday's race certainly had a little bit of everything, right down to a final-turn pass and a post-race scuffle.

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Friday Feature: Five to Watch

Five drivers not named Jimmie with a chance to win in Fontana
Friday, March 22, 2013

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that Jimmie Johnson would be the safest bet to put your money on this weekend at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. With five wins and 10 straight top-10s (eight of those top-fives) and a 5.4 average lifetime finish in 18-career starts, Five-Time is most logical choice to find his way into Victory Lane in Sunday's Auto Club 400.

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FANTASY: Getting Into the Auto Club

Auto Club 400 Fantasy Preview
Thursday, March 21, 2013

After a short-track at Bristol Motor Speedway, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads back west for a race on the two-mile D-oval of Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.  The race marks the fifth time in five races that the series will race on a different size oval, and it will be the only race of the season in Southern California.

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At the beginning of the year, I made a somewhat outside-the-box prediction that Kasey Kahne would win this year's Sprint Cup Championship.  Don't get me wrong, I'm not claiming that my prediction was for some car run by the boys at the local auto body shop, I didn't turn a lot of heads with the pick.  However, Kahne certainly wasn't considered as a clear front runner.

After two races with a 36th and a 19th-place finish, I was the one turning my head ... downward into my hands.  Two races later, I've become every bit as confident in my pick as I was when I made it.  Kahne finished second at Las Vegas Motor Speedway after having the strongest car on the day and positioned himself to take a similarly quick car to Victory Lane at Bristol Motor Speedway this past weekend.

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FANTASY: The Thunder Rolls

Food City 500 Fantasy Preview
Wednesday, March 13, 2013

First of all, "The Thunder Rolls" by Garth Brooks ... great song. How exactly does it relate to this weekend's race?  Well, where do I begin?

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We've only had three races in this year's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, however, the debate that's raging right now is which driver has been the best to start the season: Jimmie Johnson or Brad Keselowski. Fellow GraniteStripe.com blogger Gavin Faretra and I debated his Magic Mile Power Rankings from yesterday that put Keselowski over Johnson in the rankings.  I disagreed.

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Jimmie Johnson's reign atop the Magic Mile Power Rankings is over, for now, and there's a new pilot on the list who is hoping that his luck in Las Vegas was more than just a birthday present.

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Friday Feature: Five to Watch

Who's the next driver to break their winless streak?
Friday, March 8, 2013

You could see the relief on Carl Edwards's face as he fielded questions from the media following his victory in the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday. After 70 races, Edwards found himself in position to do something he hadn't done in nearly two years: execute his trademark backflip in front of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series fans.

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FANTASY: The Vegas Business Trip

Kobalt Tools 400 Fantasy Preview
Wednesday, March 6, 2013

When the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series hosts the annual awards banquet in Las Vegas in late November, it's all about fun and smiles.  But, not when it visits for its annual race each March.  This early in the season, it's all about business.

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Two years.  Seventy races.  It had been a long time since Carl Edwards last won a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race before this weekend's Subway Fresh Fit 500.

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