Race Weekend Central

Happy Hour: It May Be Time to Panic for Michael Waltrip

A year and a half ago, Michael Waltrip was successfully wooing employees, a very eager foreign auto manufacturer, and several high profile sponsors to sign onto his new racing team. The pundits predicted that with the backing of both Toyota and cash-rich sponsorship, Michael Waltrip Racing was going to be a contender in Sprint Cup …

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Rick Crawford Driver Diary: Everyone is Welcome at Circle Bar Racing

We had a good points day at Kansas for the Ford Powerstroke Diesel by International No. 14 truck and got a top-10 finish in ninth. We tried something new. Our team tested in Pocono with Tony Raines driving and tried something new there. It’s just a point where Kevin Starland and the guys on the …

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Side by Side: Who Got the Better Deal – Dale Earnhardt Jr. or Kyle Busch?

Editor’s Note: The following is a special edition of Frontstretch‘s Side-By-Side. Occasionally throughout the season, two of your favorite Frontstretch writers will duke it out in a debate concerning one of NASCAR’s biggest stories. Don’t let us be the only ones to speak our minds, though… be sure to read both sides and let us …

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Fanning the Flames: All Darlington, All the Time

My beloved Derby has come and gone, and so have Talladega and Richmond; but all three gave us spectacular racing action. Now, there’s Darlington on Mother’s Day Eve, two weekends in Charlotte are on the agenda and the fish are biting, too. Oh, how I love the month of May! You guys gave me a …

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Voices From the Heartland: Is NASCAR Bluffing, Or Will They Go “All In” On a New Drug Policy?

A few weeks ago, I penned a column that basically said Aaron Fike’s admission of doing heroin on race days was tantamount to holding a royal flush when it came to forcing NASCAR’s hand on reexamining its drug testing policy. Backing Fike’s play was Tony Stewart and former Fike boss, Kevin Harvick, both of which …

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2008 Dodge Challenger 500 at Darlington Edition

Last weekend’s race at Richmond proved to be a rollercoaster for many fantasy owners. If you had Denny Hamlin on your team, you were riding high for the vast majority of the race; but then, a flat tire brought you crashing back down to earth. And if you were anticipating a big payday with Dale …

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Mirror Driving: Making Sense of Richmond Night Fights – Junior vs. Busch, Busch vs. Wallace & Waltrip vs. Mears

Obviously, the number one topic following Richmond is the contact between Kyle Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Is Busch getting a bad rap?

Thompson in Turn 5: Darlington Fans “Too Tough To Surrender”

Well, Richmond’s Crown Royal Presents the Dan Lowry 400 last Saturday night provided just about all the excitement and intrigue any stock car fan could possibly have hoped for: exciting speed, door-rubbing passes, controversy and a surprise ending to boot. As I wrote last week, fans aren’t going to find better stock car entertainment than …

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Top 10 Security Precautions Kyle Busch Took to Get Out of Richmond Alive

10. Pretended to befriend Brad Keselowski, gave him his sun goggles to wear, slapped him on the back and sent him on his way. 9. Dressed up as a Budweiser guy removing empty kegs from the track. 8. Disguised himself as a rabid Junior fan running around asking… “Where is that punk SOB?!” 7. Hired …

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Critiquing NASCAR TV: Richmond Race Coverage Conveys Short-Track Drama Well

If you’re a television executive on FOX or ESPN, the last two weeks of NASCAR racing have bound to have left you drooling. At Talladega, the pack of cars did not get strung out or single file like it did in the fall race there; that caused the close racing and crazy wrecks fans expect …

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