NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Did You Notice? Toyota’s Engine Woes, 5 Reasons to Fail Fontana & Reeling Roush

Did You Notice? That Michael Waltrip Racing-supported cars have suffered five of Sprint Cup’s seven engine failures this year? OK, so maybe the start-and-park efforts of Prism Motorsports shouldn’t be counted, but that’s still an alarming rate to be losing motors (their failure rate for 2010 is nearly 50%). It would be one thing if …

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Did You Notice? NASCAR 1-Hit Wonders, Potholes Pan TV Ratings & Karma Bites a Start-And-Parker

Did You Notice? Jamie McMurray is the most PR-friendly driver to win the Daytona 500 since Michael Waltrip several years ago? Not only is he a fresh face atop the NASCAR world, but his pure excitement in winning NASCAR’s Super Bowl shines through in everything he does. And whether it’s schmoozing with Regis and Kelly …

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Did You Notice? Admirable NASCAR Underdogs, The Power of Motivation & Chase Boredom… Already

Did You Notice? The stars of Speedweeks so far (with the exception of Mark Martin) have been drivers with something to prove? After a miserable 2009 that ended with an all-but-public pronouncement he’s leaving RCR after 2010, Kevin Harvick won the Bud Shootout, with fellow free-agent-to-be Kasey Kahne right behind him in second. Jamie McMurray, …

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Did You Notice? Championship Overkill, My Biggest Offseason Worry & A Heartfelt Thank You

Did You Notice? That no less than 24 hours after Jimmie Johnson captured his fourth straight Cup championship, he was in front of your television practically everywhere you turned? At 1:30 Monday, while waiting at the airport in Miami, an ESPN friend of mine texted me an “I just met Jimmie Johnson!” message. The first …

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Did You Notice? Big Brother Gets to Keselowski, Marlin’s “Sterling” Career & No Championship Talk (Promise!)

Did You Notice? That with only one week left to go in the season, there’s plenty more to focus on than just the championship. Continuing the theme I had last week, let’s look at some small knickknacks people might have forgotten about with Jimmie Johnson mania on overload. That’s right, it’s time to actually adhere …

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Did You Notice? Championship Collusion, Poor Media Manners & Salvaging 2009

Did You Notice? That during Jimmie Johnson’s marathon “Fix It” job inside the Cup garage Sunday, it was not just his own team but crew members from one of his main championship rivals helping out? Mechanics from both Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s No. 88 and, yes, Jeff Gordon’s No. 24 were among Hendrick’s King’s Horses and …

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Did You Notice? NASCAR’s Burning to the Ground & Why The Truck Series Stays Sound

Did You Notice? The out-and-out rebellion going on in every aspect of NASCAR right now? It started from the drop of the green on Sunday, when the drivers’ single-file Talladega parade for most of the race was the closest thing to a driver protest I’ve seen in 20 years of following this sport. Then, in …

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Did You Notice? Busch Brothers Burn Crew Chiefs Out, Officiating Mistakes & NASCAR on WWE?

Did You Notice? Both Busch brothers caused their crew chiefs to burn out at the same time? It’s ironic that NASCAR’s moodiest siblings are transitioning to new head wrenches after a similar time span: about two years. That’s how long Steve Addington worked with Kyle Busch, taking him to 12 wins and one Chase appearance, …

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Did You Notice? Driver Development Busts, Ridiculous Race Names & Why Restarts Are Crazy

Did You Notice? How so many race names this year have turned into the equivalent of a tongue twister on crack? It’s bad enough to listen to drivers in victory lane not talk about the race before they have to thank their “sponsors A,B, C… even that Z thingee on the rear quarterpanel who somehow …

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