NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Last In & 1st Out: The Joy & Sadness of NASCAR Qualifying for the Underdogs

The sport of racing holds a lot of compelling stories about different people. Some have had great success, some have had great failure, some are trying to get a break and some are just doing whatever it takes to get by. The truck race Friday evening encapsulated the desire, success and failure of a couple of drivers who are just looking for the chance to make a living driving racecars. Nick Tucker was the last truck sent home when qualifying completed, and Brian Sockwell was the last truck in the field on speed.

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2008 Dodge Challenger 500 at Darlington

Darlington Raceway may have had a facelift, but no matter what you do to the old girl, she’s still the track too tough to tame. A ton of grip and a hard tire meant that the cars went faster than ever before, but they also hit the wall harder and more often than ever before. The track claimed several victims during the night, and had some surprise top-10 finishers. Read on to see if you agree or disagree with the latest choices by the Frontstretch writers.

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2008 Crown Royal Presents the Dan Lowry 400 at Richmond

Richmond is considered by many fans to be the best track on the schedule. Well, the race this week didn’t really provide much excitement for the first 382 laps, but boy, did it make up for it in the final 28. Denny Hamlin dominated the race from the drop of the green flag, before a flat tire proved to be his undoing. Then, fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. was on his way to breaking his winless streak when “one of those racin’ deals” knocked him out of contention — a wreck that came courtesy of contact with Bad Boy Kyle Busch. All the while, Clint Bowyer was taking it all in, just waiting for his opportunity to steal the victory. The twists and turns of the race gave our panel a plethora of reasons to move people up and down the rankings… read on to see if you agree or disagree with the latest choices by the Frontstretch writers.

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2008 Aaron’s 499 at Talladega

When push does come to shove, a lot of how Talladega turns out is pretty much a crapshoot more than anything else. So, while putting together the Top 15 this week, some staff voters gave drivers credit for their efforts on the plate track… while others seemed to discount the luck involved in finishing up front. Read on to see if you agree or disagree with their latest choices in the Frontstretch Power Rankings below.

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 Drivers Still Winless in NASCAR

With an off week in the schedule, the Frontstretch staffers decided to take a second look at a series of drivers looking for that lucky break. Our writers voted in the top 15 drivers who have never won a Sprint Cup race in their careers; and while these men might have been special in other forms of stock car racing, they were never special enough to make it to Victory Lane at the highest level (at least, not yet).

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2008 Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix

Phoenix International Raceway lived up to its billing as the track of compromise. Drivers were able to make it through one end better than the other all race long, while the tricky corners bit some of the biggest names in the sport. Some drivers moved up and some drivers moved down this week in the rankings as a result; however, three of the top four slots stayed the same to bring some stability into NASCAR’s second off-week. The people who vote in the Frontstretch poll have spoken; read the rankings below, and see if you agree with our staff’s opinions — or if you think they are completely spun out.

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2008 Samsung 500 at Texas

The Texas Motor Speedway was a fickle lady this past weekend. Past champions couldn’t keep their car on the lead lap, the polesitter lost the handle late in the race, and three drivers who were rookies just last season finished in the top 20. The people who vote in the Frontstretch poll have spoken following the madness… and the movement in the poll may surprise you. Read on to see this week’s changes below, and see if you agree with our staff’s opinions… or if you think they’ve completely spun out of control.

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2008 Goody’s Cool Orange 500 at Martinsville

After another session of good ol’ rubbin’ and racin’, the votes are in on where the Frontstretch staffers feel the drivers fall in the hierarchy of the current power rankings. The results may surprise you: Dale Earnhardt Jr. has scaled the mountain even though he hasn’t won a race yet, while teammates Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson are inching back up the list. On the flip side, Ryan Newman continues to slide down after continuing to fail to back up his Daytona 500 victory. Want to know where, exactly, he stacks up? Read the rankings below and see if you agree with our staff’s opinions.

Full Throttle: Roush Continues Grudge Match With Toyota… But That’s All It Is

If you haven’t already heard by now, word came out in the 10th anniversary issue of ESPN the Magazine this week that Jack Roush had a proprietary component disappear from his shop; he retrieved it from an undisclosed Toyota team at the Atlanta race this March. Roush said that he is considering legal action, or even getting NASCAR involved following the incident. That’s ironic, seeing as in the face of those statements Roush chose to go to the press before approaching the legal process or NASCAR first. To the naked eye, that would seem more like sour grapes than a true legal issue; but only time will tell.

Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2008 Goody’s Cool Orange 500 at Martinsville

The quiet Easter break comes to a screeching halt this Sunday as the Sprint Cup drivers take to the Virginia paper clip known as Martinsville Speedway. Festively painted Easter eggs give way to brightly painted stock cars; and you can bet that on the circuit’s smallest track, more than one car will end up cracked by the end of the day. Read on to see who the Frontstretch fantasy experts think you should use and who you should abuse this weekend in this week’s Picks ‘N’ Pans.

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