Race Weekend Central

Rick Crawford Driver Diary: Another Crawford on Track Soon?

Since the last time we talked, our team did a NASCAR official Truck Series test at Martinsville. The Ford Powerstroke Diesel ran well for two days, and the Maxx Force Diesel ran well for two days with Brendan Gaughan. Even Adam got a shot at driving the Ford Powerstroke Diesel for the first time, and …

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Thompson in Turn 5: Random Drug Testing – Harvick, Earnhardt, Stewart & Granny! Form a Line Over Here!

Recent shocking revelations that former Craftsman Truck and Nationwide series driver Aaron Fike not only concealed a painkiller addiction from NASCAR officials, but competed in CTS events after using heroin on race day has renewed criticism of the sanctioning body’s present drug-testing policies. At the moment, NASCAR does not have a random drug-screening policy like …

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Fan’s View: Striving for Mediocrity the NASCAR Way to Victory Lane

“Slow down! Slow way down! You’ll never make it unless you slow down!” I really thought I had entered the twilight zone. What NASCAR crew chief in his right mind would possibly be telling his driver that he’d better pull back or he’d never win? “You’ve got 20 seconds on the No. 07. You’ve got …

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10 Points to Ponder… After the 2008 Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix

8. What, No Boogity, Boogity? – FOX broke away from their Subway Fresh Fit 500 pre-race programming to cover the rain-delayed end of the Major League Baseball game between historic rivals the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox.

Bubble Breakdown: David Reutimann Muscles His Way Into the Top 35… Again

The big news for the week from bubble land involved the No. 70 Haas Automation Chevrolet previously driven by Jeremy Mayfield. On Monday, Haas CNC Racing announced that the team and Mayfield agreed to part ways after the No. 70 car fell out of the Top 35 in owner points. According to team General Manager Joe …

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Voices From the Heartland: Think Twice Before Playing Poker With Aaron Fike

It often appears that the suits in NASCAR hold all the cards; they are usually confident that no matter what the circumstances, they always have four aces up their collective sleeves. But a young driver named Aaron Fike – in his bid for eventual re-instatement as a NASCAR competitor – may have just laid down a …

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Happy Hour: “Our” NASCAR? Nice Try, Brian

Prior to the start of the 2008 NASCAR season, Brian France held his annual “state of the sport” press conference. In his announcements, to the surprise of some accustomed to the sport’s general arrogance about criticism, he admitted that some hardcore fans had been driven away from the sport. He also stated that NASCAR had …

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Fanning the Flames: Texas Testing, Kyle Petty is Testy & “Creative Arrangements”

Thanks for the Qs this week, everyone. This is the place for them, be they questions, rants, comments, ideas or tongue-lashings. As always, I’m interested to hear what you have to say. It’s your submissions, after all, that keep this column up and running. And David, if I fail to mention it later, thanks for …

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