NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Becca Gladden

NASCAR Stuff We Can’t Make Up: November 7, 2007

Christmas shopping alert! Sam's Club is selling a "Once-in-a-Lifetime Package NASCAR Insider's Racing Experience," which just went on sale Wednesday. Among the many features of this gift package are the opportunity to become an honorary crew member at the May 2008 Charlotte race, a hot lap around the track in the official pace car, and a spot in the Petty Enterprises suite from which to watch the race. Your cost? Just $24,800. I know for that price you'll be tempted to stock up for all your gift giving needs! (Sadly, there is just one package available).

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NASCAR Stuff We Can’t Make Up

According to an article on Adweek.com, the makers of Meaty Bones dog snacks are actively courting NASCAR dads - a demographic they define as "middle-aged, working-class men outside of urban areas who frequent car races." Nothing like a little flattery to get consumers to open their wallets, huh? In order to attract this target audience, the company created an online game which proclaims itself "The Greatest Game in the History of Dogs. Ever." You're invited to "mark your territory" by hitting moving objects with a stream of water while missing the pop-up cats. Really.

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I’m Just Sayin’… NASCAR Stuff We Can’t Make Up

Racing On Heels: What will the well-dressed fashion maven be wearing at the track this year? A pair of NASCAR ladies' pumps, of course! As described at the NASCAR.com Superstore, "The black and white checkered pony hair pumps are made of imported Italian metallic patent leather, and feature signature tire tread flexible molded soles with the 4-color NASCAR logo. The pumps have a 3" heel with racing flags and soft padding for long-lasting comfort." Price? Just $99.99 a pair plus shipping.

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I’m Just Sayin’… NASCAR Qualifying is Stupefying

If you know someone who thinks NASCAR is just a bunch of guys driving around in circles, I have a challenge for you. Get a printout of the actual qualifying results - you know, the ones based on lap times - from the October 7th Talladega race, and put them side-by-side with the actual starting lineup of the event. Then, try explaining to a person who's already a little dubious about NASCAR why the two lists are so completely different.

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I’m Just Sayin’… Greg Biffle Won, Period

Watching the end of Sunday's weird, wacky Kansas Cup race, I was as stunned as anyone to hear Jimmie Johnson say in his immediate post-race interview that he didn't think Greg Biffle won the race. "He was clearly out of gas," said Johnson. "I feel terrible for Greg. He's been working so hard to win a race and he was up there in position to win it. But if you don't maintain pace car speed, you don't hold your position. And it was clear to everyone that he couldn't do it. If he could have, he would have stayed on the bumper of the pace car to the finish line. So in my opinion, where he coasted across the finish line relative to the other cars that could maintain pit road speed is where he should finish."

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Who Wins The Chase In ’07? Your Favorite Frontstretch Writers Tell All

Come Sunday, it's playoff time in the world of NASCAR... and what would playoffs be without predictions? All of us here at Frontstretch got together this week, stared into the crystal ball, and each came up with our own special theory as to how this year's Chase for the Championship is going to play out. Each writer has picked the finishing order of first through 12th, their "Darkhorse" championship pick, and the best driver not in the Chase who's threatening to spoil the party altogether - diverting the most attention away from the battle for this year's title.

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10 Points to Ponder… After the 2007 Sharp Aquos 500 at Fontana

1. Lowe's High - For weeks now I've been wondering why everyone was depicting the Chase as a duel between Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart. "Wait!" - I shouted, what about Jimmie Johnson? Heading into Fontana, Johnson was tied with Gordon for bonus points, 10 ahead of Stewart when the Chase starts, and tonight's win moves him ahead of both Gordon and Stewart with 50 bonus points. Johnson's team typically slumps in the summer but they turn it on when it counts. Don't hand that Nextel Cup trophy to anyone else just yet. It's also worth noting that Johnson and Matt Kenseth are now the only drivers to make the Chase all four seasons since its inception in 2004.

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Beyond The Cockpit: Kyle Busch Before the 2007 Chase

Busch made a pit stop in Phoenix on Wednesday en route to this weekend's Cup race in Fontana, Calif. He was a cool customer inside a local area restaurant, cordially signing autographs, posing for photos, and chatting with members of the media in advance of the Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway this fall. Busch won at PIR in November of 2005 and is looking forward to returning here with a shot at the title. Frontstretch Senior Writer Becca Gladden spoke with Kyle about last weekend's Bristol race, the Car of Tomorrow, and his relationship with the fans, among other topics.

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