Race Weekend Central

Talking NASCAR TV: TNT Not the Only Network to Step It up a Notch This Week

Dale Earnhardt Jr. had a lot of reasons to win Sunday’s Lifelock 400 at Michigan International Speedway, not the least of which was the strong reader response to my being critical of Junior for lethargic television interviews in last week’s column. The results were varied, but most sided with Junior, saying that he does enough …

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10 Points to Ponder After the 2008 Lifelock 400 at Michigan

1. GEICO… Not Gecko! – GEICO Insurance, sponsor of Mike Wallace and the No. 7 Germain Racing Toyota, is indicating that they will end their sponsorship of the car after next season. Wallace, who finished third in the Meijer 300 last Saturday at Kentucky, believes he will need another sponsor if he is to continue …

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Bubble Breakdown: Michael Waltrip Wrecks, But It’s Haas CNC Crashing Out of Top 35

Rain on Friday afternoon washed out NASCAR qualifying at Michigan International Raceway, meaning the starting grid was set by owner points – leaving the No. 70 Haas Automation Chevrolet and the No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Chevy as the odd teams out. But while the teams on the bubble breathed a sigh of relief, their …

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David Reutimann Driver Diary: Some Dirt Trackin’ Fun While the No. 44 Moves Up the Ladder

We’ve really had some good finishes in both series the last few weeks, and I’m excited to be a part of Michael Waltrip Racing. We brought home a top 10 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, which was a career best for me at the Sprint Cup level. A 10th-place finish for that event – which is …

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Fanning the Flames: Investing, Qualifying, Red Flagging & NASCAR Team of Destiny

So the deed is finally done, huh? You know, I don’t always know what to think about these “investors,” as we call them, buying into the sport. Doesn’t it give you the sense of buzzards circling a road kill? Do these firms actually plan on sticking with the program, or are they carpetbaggers intent on …

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Today’s NASCAR Drivers Don’t Hold a Candle to Old-School Toughness

Editor’s Note: Due to personal issues detailed in Monday’s Thinkin’ Out Loud column regarding his nephew, Matt McLaughlin has taken this Thursday off. In his place, our TV critic Doug Turnbull fills in… we hope to have Matt back on Monday. Until then, keep him in your thoughts during his difficult time. The heat radiated …

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Happy Hour: A New Kind of Schedule Proposal for NASCAR

Official Columnist of NASCAR Kurt Smith has the week off, while he seeks the sand, waves, and adventures of Wildwood, N.J. In his absence, he’s updated one of his favorite commentaries – the first version of which was published at That’s Racin’ – a suggestion for completely revamping the NASCAR schedule to fix some of …

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: How to Get Maximum Fuel Mileage From Your Team at Michigan

Michigan is a wide open 2-mile track that offers drivers plenty of options and room to make moves, which hopefully will lead to on-track passes and its fair share of racing action. But for fantasy players that worry about their drivers being caught up in someone else’s problems, they can rest assured that it generally …

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Mirror Driving: Cutting Pocono Down to Size, the Pettys’ Investor Prize & Keselowski’s Nashville Surprise

Welcome to Mirror Driving. Every week, your favorite columnists sit down and give their opinion about the latest NASCAR news and rumors. Love us or hate us, make a comment below and tell us how you feel about what we’ve said! This Week’s Participants: Tony Lumbis (Mondays/Rookie Report) Vito Pugliese (Tuesdays/Voice of Vito) Mike Neff (Wednesdays/Power Rankings & …

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