NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Full Throttle: Modern Barnstormer Ken Schrader Gets 1 More Ride

In the background of a busy garage as Session 2 got underway, it was formally announced on Monday that Ken Schrader will be piloting the No. 49 Dodge for BAM Racing during all Speedweeks activities this year. Replacing John Andretti in the car, Schrader will also be behind the wheel for the upcoming tests at California and Las Vegas, with the possibility of additional work with the team down the road. The move is like coming home for the Missouri native, who drove for the team during the 2003-05 seasons and collected six top-10 finishes in 104 starts.

Full Throttle: News & Notes as the Winter Doldrums Reach an End

Casey Mears was the first car to pull onto the track Monday morning, and once again, the roar of engines was heard running around Daytona International Speedway. With that, all of the offseason moving and shaking is now behind us, and almost all teams are set going into 2008. Now the job lies ahead of everyone to figure out who the new drivers are in what rides for the upcoming season. In order to help with that, here is a quick reference list.

Full Throttle: Things That Make You Say Thanks – Taking Stock of NASCAR at the End of ’07

The 2007 NASCAR season has come and gone. At this time of year when people reflect back on the blessings that have been bestowed on them over the year, that makes it a good time to take a long look back, realizing there is much that is good about NASCAR and that we should count our blessings. With that in mind, here’s a few things I find myself thankful for before taking off for a bit of offseason hibernation…

Busch Series Breakdown: 2007 Ford 300 at Homestead

It appeared Kevin Harvick was headed for yet another Busch Series victory on Saturday, but after leading 84 of the first 140 laps, a pit-road penalty cost him the race. After a tire was left out of the pit box, Harvick restarted at the back of the field and was never able to recover. With Harvick out of the equation, Jeff Burton charged to the front, dominating the last quarter of the race. Burton led 49 of the last 60 laps and held off a furious late-race charge by Mark Martin.

Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2007 Ford 400 at Homestead Edition

if you’re reading this now, your team is likely among the Johnsons and Gordons of the world, racing into the weekend with a chance at championship glory. This is your last opportunity to put your best foot forward; are you ready to take home the league trophy? You will be – after reading the expert advice contained in this week’s edition of Picks ‘N’ Pans.

Full Throttle: Bye-Bye, Busch Series – Paying Tribute to 1 of NASCAR’s Loyal Sponsors

25 years ago, Anheuser-Busch decided to take a chance and put their backing behind a newly branded series that NASCAR was debuting. At the time, the Late Model Sportsman Division was undergoing major changes – changes that would ultimately turn the series into the second-most popular brand of NASCAR product. After much negotiation, the Busch Series was formed; and over time, the division was shaped to become the number one minor league feeder system for Nextel Cup veterans. However, there is no underestimating its place in history, especially the longterm contribution that Anheuser-Busch made by being the name on the series throughout the last 25 years.

Busch Series Breakdown: 2007 Arizona Travel 200 at Phoenix

The Arizona Travel 200 was another Busch Series crash-fest. The race saw the caution flag fly 11 times for 46 laps–almost one quarter of the race–and was also stopped under the red twice. Clint Bowyer was strong early in the event, leading 28 of the first 30 laps. (He would have led all 30 if not for an orchestrated lead change allowing teammate Scott Wimmer the opportunity to get out front to secure five bonus points toward the owners’ championship for the No. 29 team.) Greg Biffle also showed some strength during the first half of the race, leading from lap 46-66. At lap 85, Kyle Busch asserted himself, leading until lap 117 when Matt Kenseth stuck his nose in front. Busch regained the lead on the following lap and never looked back, winning the Arizona Travel 200 in dominating fashion.

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