Race Weekend Central

Fanning the Flames: Strong Fan Reaction Makes This a Brickyard Backlash

Another strong batch of questions from the Frontstretch faithful this week. You’re building steam on the front end of the 17-week stretch to end what is turning into a real Dog & Pony show as we saw on Sunday afternoon. Let’s go ahead and get a couple of the Indy responses out of the way. …

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Biggest BSNEWS Scoop of the Year! 1 Word: Indianapolis

(BSNEWS – Indianapolis, Ind.) – Last Sunday’s Allstate 400, presented by NASCAR and Goodyear at the fabled “Brickyard…” And now, back to our regularly scheduled column. In all seriousness, the big news this week was, as so aptly covered by the BSNEWS team, the fiasco that was Indianapolis. But since it is now so late …

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: How to Pick Your Team to Perform at Pocono

Pocono Raceway is the most uniquely shaped track on the Sprint Cup schedule, giving teams quite the challenge when it comes to getting their car to race well. Boasting the longest straightaway in Sprint Cup and a triangular shape with three distinct turns, the Pennsylvania facility is truly a 500-mile test of man and machine. …

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Thompson in Turn 5: It’s Not Personal, It’s About Performance – Kyle Petty’s Time to Step Down

The latest news out of Petty Enterprises Inc. has Chad McCumbee penciled in to drive the No. 45 Dodge in place of Kyle Petty at Pocono. This is the second unscheduled absence in as many weeks by the 30-year NASCAR Cup veteran, and very possibly an indication that his career as a driver may abruptly …

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Mirror Driving: Assessing Indy Blame, Fixing Goodyear Tires & Replacing Mexico City

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: Tom Bowles (Editor-In-Chief; Mondays/Bowles-Eye View & Wednesdays/Did You Notice?) Tony Lumbis (Mondays/Rookie Report) …

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NASCAR’s Top 10 Excuses for the Indianapolis Race

10. Diamond grooving actually done with cubic zirconia. 9. Trying to negate Kyle Busch’s “great driver” advantage, since the “no more great engines” rule didn’t work so well. 8. Giving all of us in the press something to talk about to help give websites a boost in a struggling economy (mission accomplished). 7. Large contribution …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Terrible Tires Overshadow ESPN’s 2008 Debut

The big story following the Brickyard this week was the excessive tire wear that forced competition cautions and prompted drivers to play it safe. But lost in the crossfire between the fans (and media) versus NASCAR was ESPN’s debut covering the Sprint Cup Series in 2008. Unlike the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, the network’s …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2008 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard Edition

Tire problems provided an interesting twist to this week’s Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, allowing a number of teams to utilize pit strategy to capture unexpectedly strong finishes. One of those teams, the No. 84 of AJ Allmendinger, came home 10th, giving him his first top 10 and the best two-race stretch of his career. …

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Fan’s View: The Changing of the Guard – Why I’m Smiling for Tony Stewart

What a difference a year makes. Last year at this time, we couldn’t stop talking about the massive Silly Season upheaval due to Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s imminent departure from DEI. There was panic in the streets! Entire wardrobes had to be replaced! Cars underwent new paint jobs. Shrubberies were chopped down. Chaos! Insanity! At the …

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10 Points to Ponder… After the 2008 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard

1. Yuck! – Max Mosley, President of the governing body that oversees Formula 1 racing – the most widely followed form of automobile racing in the world – won a breach or privacy lawsuit against a British tabloid this week. The magazine ran a story about the 68-year old’s sexual escapades that quickly got picked …

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