COULD RACE CARS ONCE AGAIN LOOK LIKE FACTORY MODELS? IT COULD HAPPEN

Will Sprint Cup cars once again resemble factory models like they did in the old days? At last Friday's Nationwide race, the new Dodge Charger and new Ford Mustang hit the track for the first time and NASCAR brass was paying attention. Wasn't it nice to see cars that did not look like the rest of the field? At least in the Dodge Charger's case? Maybe you should let NASCAR know how you feel: fanfeedback@nascar.com.  New cars rolled out in Nationwide (SI.com) ...

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HAMLIN BENEFITS MOST FROM SPOILER

Remember when Jimmie Johnson was unstoppable? That was before NASCAR introduced the spoiler mid-season. Now Johnson is suddenly very stoppable and Denny Hamlin -- winner of Sunday's race in Michigan -- has emerged as a championship contender. Johnson out. Someone else in. Who said the governing body doesn't listen to its fans?  Hamlin's winning streak could spoil Johnson's 'Drive for Five' (SI.com) ...

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Qualifying Attempts UP in 2009, Not Down.

About a month ago, ESPN.com's Ed Hinton, a reasonable, informed voice, and among the longest-serving reporters on the NASCAR beat, suggested in a column that NASCAR could well emerge from this economic downturn in improved condition. He went on to argue that the sport was born in hardship and it's endured equally-if-not-more-challenging periods than this (read Hinton's story here).Hinton's column was, of course, a response to the gloom and doom that has pervaded the sport, ...

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