Race Weekend Central

Holding a Pretty Wheel: NASCAR on the Right Track With Penalties

Penalties, penalties everywhere at Daytona. NASCAR handed down a total of five of them on Tuesday and Wednesday, the most severe coming late Wednesday afternoon when the sanctioning body announced a penalty against the team of driver Michael Waltrip following a strange substance in the intake manifold in both pre- and post-qualifying inspection. NASCAR confiscated …

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Scanner Static: Is There a Crew Chief in the House at Daytona?

Happy Daytona Speedweeks, folks! It’s been a wild one so far and they haven’t even dropped the green on the Gatorade Duels. Manifolds, wheel-well vents, suspensions and revitalization have been the stories of the week; with so much going on, allow me to indulge myself for a bit before we get to your questions. First …

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Voices From the Heartland: NASCAR Press Corps Drenched During France’s “State of the Sport” Address? (Part I)

OK, I must admit that the headline is a bit misleading. The members of the NASCAR press that covered Brian France’s state of the sport address didn’t really get wet, but they were showered with something… and I’m sure France would tell them it was rain if he were asked. If you still don’t get …

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Matt McLaughlin’s 2007 Daytona 500 Driver Handicaps

Jimmie Johnson won last year’s Daytona 500 and his 32nd-place result in last year’s Firecracker 400 ended a streak of five top-six finishes at Daytona.

Daytona Speedweeks: The End of Winter

Daytona Speedweeks arrives every year with a roar. Unlike the beginning of any other pro sports, NASCAR does not start a season at a slow, deliberate pace and gradually build up to a climatic, frenzied season-ending crescendo. Instead, it slaps you right in the face to announce its arrival. Last Saturday night’s Budweiser Shootout marked, …

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