NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Becca Gladden

Becca’s Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2006 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte

Far be it from me to criticize what anyone says in the pre-race invocation, but it did strike me as curious when this week's prayer included the words, "We ask the drivers to be models of excellence and virtue." I guess this harkens back to the old Charles Barkley "I'm not a role model" debate - but do race fans really expect (and pray) that NASCAR drivers will be "models of virtue?"

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

All the post-race attention 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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What’s the Call? Tony Stewart Better Off NOT Making the Chase?

This Week's Question: Tony Stewart's Home Depot team won this week thanks to some gambling that probably wouldn't have happened if he was racing for the championship. Is this kind of racing actually better for the sponsors than the Chase teams playing it safe?

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Becca’s Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2006 Banquet 400 at Kansas

This week, I had to laugh when the TV broadcast flashed the "Team Chevy Winning Moment" banner across the bottom of the screen. The accompanying picture was not a burnout or a victory lap, but simply the No. 20 car being pushed to pit road by the No. 11. Stewart won the race fair and square, but it was rather anti-climactic heading to the checkered flag, as both the first- and second-place finishers coasted across the finish line out of gas.

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Becca’s Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2006 Dover 400

That was the last time that Jeff Burton won a Cup race - Oct. 28, 2001, at Phoenix International Raceway. The Cingular team has had several strong runs early in recent races, but has been unable to close the deal until Sunday. The clean, side-by-side battle between Burton and Matt Kenseth was one of the better late race battles in recent memory.

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Becca’s Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2006 Sylvania 300 at Loudon

The biggest controversy of the week - perhaps of the season - started late Sunday evening when SPEED TV reporter Bob Dillner told viewers, "As darkness falls upon New Hampshire International Speedway, we have learned that there was an issue with the winning car of Kevin Harvick and also his teammate, Jeff Burton, in post-race tech." Dillner said that the teams had created a 0.003-inch nick in the rims to act as a bleeder valve for the tires. Since then, NASCAR, Childress, Harvick and Burton have all adamantly denied the story, while Dillner and the execs at SPEED stand by it. Trust me, guys, this story has legs.

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Who Will Win The 2006 Chase? Frontstretch Weighs In

Now that the field is set, who will win the 2006 Chase for the Championship? Read on to find out who your favorite Frontstretch writer picked... and why.

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Becca’s Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2006 Chevy Rock ‘N’ Roll 400 at Richmond

At the end of 2005, Dale Jr. apologized to his fans for a disappointing season, and promised to give them something to cheer about this year. A man of his word, Junior is sixth heading into the Chase, and would likely be higher in the standings if not for back-to-back last-place finishes at Loudon and Pocono.

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