NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Mirror Driving: NASCAR Officiating Gone Bad?

After a debacle that included a safety truck stuck in the middle of the track as the green flag waved and an officiating call that forced a red flag to sort out, what, if anything, should be done to improve NASCAR officiating?

Thompson in Turn 5: Misguided Loyalties for NASCAR Fans

I have tried in recent years to humor some NASCAR fans’ fantasy-based loyalty to one automobile manufacturer or another, much like I did with my children when they were young and checking under the pillow in the morning to see if that tooth had been replaced with some kind of monetary compensation. My philosophy back …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Nextel Cup: 2006 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Edition

As the smoke cleared from a wacky weekend of racing in Charlotte, Jeff Burton continued to remain the class of the Chase field, with the rest of his challengers now looking to play catchup in the second half.

Voices From the Heartland: Loyalty is 1 Thing, Blind Stupidity is Another

Sometimes – and it only happens about three times a year – something happens on the track that evokes the best and worst out of all the fans that follow NASCAR week in, week out. It usually involves one or two of the most popular drivers, and it induces opinions fed by loyalty, which at …

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Scanner Static: Brian Vickers Gets in 1 Parting Shot

Q: I’m no fan of Jimmie Johnson or Dale Earnhardt Jr. – I pull for the Roush cars on race day – but I had to get a laugh out of the way Talladega ended. Hendrick shuts Brian Vickers out of his team meetings after years of making him run races with crappy stuff and …

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2006 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Edition

Who are the drivers most likely to help you rebound from a tough week in your fantasy league as the racing moves back to “normal” racing at Charlotte? Let’s find out in this week’s edition of Picks ‘N’ Pans.

Becca’s Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2006 UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega

All the post-race attention at Talladega was on Brian Vickers’s uber-controversial last-lap punt of Chase contenders Jimmie Johnson and Earnhardt – and understandably so. But Gordon and Earnhardt lit a few fireworks of their own when Jeff accused Junior of excessively rough bump-drafting.

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