NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Mirror Driving: Are NASCAR Rookies Out of Control?

With a number of inexperienced rookies coming into the Cup Series next year, should there be a higher standard set by NASCAR before a driver is allowed to race in Nextel Cup? Two very inexperienced rookies took out some big contenders Sunday.

Becca’s Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2006 Subway 500 at Martinsville

Running seventh at Martinsville with 22 laps to go, Dale Earnhardt Jr. locked up his brakes and spun trying to pass Kasey Kahne, resulting in a 22nd-place finish and a loss of one spot in the standings. Said Junior, “That was my mistake. I was trying too hard… It got down to the end of the race and I got greedy. I can’t blame it on nobody but myself.”

Thompson in Turn 5: An Indomitable Spirit Prevails at Hendrick Motorsports

Jimmie Johnson‘s win this Sunday at Martinsville, Va. for Hendrick Motorsports was not just your average Nextel Cup win. It may very well have been a case of Divine Providence, especially when one considers the shocking circumstances Johnson encountered following his last victory at the famed .526-mile track. Circumstances that day turned what should have …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Nextel Cup: 2006 Subway 500 at Martinsville Edition

The tight Martinsville paperclip did its part to keep the points close Sunday, throwing a wrench into the Chase for the Nextel Cup standings with the first seven positions in points changing hands by the end of the day. Which drivers are heating up as the number of races wind down? Read this week’s Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in the Chase to find out.

Voices From the Heartland: No Track is TOO Fast

Earlier this week, it was suggested by Frontstretch‘s Managing Editor Thomas Bowles that racetracks in general and Lowe’s Motor Speedway specifically may have been made, or re-made, too fast for NASCAR Nextel Cup racecars. At the risk of being fired, hung, drawn and quartered, chopped into little bits and the little bits jumped upon until …

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2006 Subway 500 at Martinsville Edition

This weekend’s race at Martinsville kicks off the second half of NASCAR’s playoffs, the Chase for the Championship. The first five races have been kind to some of us (Mike), while others are struggling to make up lost ground from early miscues (Cami). On the track, Jeff Burton has made the biggest gain, moving from …

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