Race Weekend Central

Denny, Gibbs, What Were You Thinking?

DOVER, Del. – The biggest highlight of Saturday’s Nationwide Series race came not on the track, but on pit road following the checkered flag. Denny Hamlin, irritated after being spun in a late-race incident with Brad Keselowski, aggressively confronted the driver of the No. 88 on pit road immediately following the race and nearly triggered …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond

All day at Richmond (Sept. 11), through coverage of practice and qualifying, the hype was all over Kevin Harvick‘s No. 33 car and how he finally had the horses to run with Kyle Busch. There was also plenty of press regarding the charity competition within Joe Gibbs Racing between Busch and Denny Hamlin. Meanwhile, Carl …

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Bring the Golden A Plan to NASCAR Nationwide Series

I firmly oppose the joke of a points system also known as the Chase, but I’d be lying if I said that points have not been on my brain all weekend. Be it what needs to happen to keep Ryan Newman in or Kyle Busch out, I’ve spent more time calculating than actually anticipating the awesome …

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Bobby Labonte Likely a 1-Hit Wonder for TRG Motorsports

The past weekend’s race at Atlanta would appear to have been nothing short of vindication for Bobby Labonte. A past champion who was unceremoniously semi-released from his Cup ride in favor of a part-time Nationwide Series driver, Labonte did exactly what any driver in his shoes would like to have done; he flat outran his …

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Joey Logano Leads Quiet Night for Rookie Contenders

Scott Speed Start: 32nd; Finish: 24th Summary: It certainly wasn’t flashy, but Scott Speed finished the race 24th with a car in good shape. That’s about everything Team Red Bull can ask at this point considering the Top 35 is all but out of reach and that the organization’s focus is square on the No. …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Degree V12 300 at Atlanta

In 2009, Kevin Harvick has seldom, if ever, resembled the championship-contending driver that he has been on the Sprint Cup circuit in years past. But on Saturday night, driving his own No. 33 car, the Harvick of old was alive and well. With Cup stars Kyle Busch and Jeff Burton, as well as the JR …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Montreal

For the third year in a row, Marcos Ambrose was the class of the field. And for the third year in a row, he failed to take the checkered flag at Montreal. Ambrose, who in an interview that ran during the race broadcast was quoted calling his secret to road racing “minimizing the mistakes made …

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In NASCAR, Does It Really Matter If You Can Drive Anymore?

In an interview I did with Jeremy Clements earlier in the summer, the driver of the No. 50 car dropped a line on me that to this day has stuck at the forefront of my mind when covering the Nationwide Series: “It doesn’t even matter if you can drive anymore.” Now that’s not entirely true. …

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“Brisdull?!” The New Thunder Valley Roars Under the Lights

Rewind back to 2007 and the first night race at the “new” Bristol. I wasn’t even on staff at Frontstretch at the time, but I distinctly remember reading Jeff Meyer’s column on the split that existed everywhere, between the fans, the media and even apparently Bristol track personnel as to whether or not the progressive …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Food City 250 at Bristol

There were Cup headliners aplenty all day Friday as the Nationwide Series tackled the Bristol Motor Speedway. Early in the week, it was Ryan Newman doing quadruple duty at Bristol. Then it was Brad Keselowski, who wouldn’t confirm or deny that he has signed to drive for Penske Racing in the Cup Series in 2009. …

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