NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Did You Notice? The Wave Around Needs Fixing, Ownership is Aging & Who Kansas Bumps

Did You Notice? Hidden amongst the stories this week was ISC claiming Kansas will still get a second date in 2011 as long as their casino gets approved? Whether the racing has been good enough to deserve it is open to debate (though I’d argue it’s been ten times better than at its sister track, …

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Did You Notice? Mark Martin Abandoned, F1/NASCAR Flavor & Earnhardt Needs a New Crew Chief?

Did You Notice? That despite leading the points for three straight weeks, no one’s jumping on the Mark Martin bandwagon quite yet? Despite opening a gap of 18 points over Jimmie Johnson and 51 over everyone else, the 50-year-old is still buried in the headlines this week while Johnson remains the prohibitive favorite. Why are people …

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Did You Notice? The Death of NASCAR’s Killer Instinct, Sauter’s Surprising Resilience & Who’s Desperate Already?

Did You Notice? Joey Logano’s state of mind after that horrifying wreck heading into turn 3 at Dover? If you check out the interview, what you’ll see is the equivalent of a 19-year-old scared out of his wits. In case you missed it, here’s some highlights of what was said once he had a chance …

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Did You Notice? Liquor’s Love Affair Turned Divorce, Throwing Caution to the Wind & Finding Earnhardt

Did You Notice? NASCAR is so quick to throw a caution for “debris,” yet so hesitant when there’s actual danger on the racetrack? The first Chase race came packaged with its share of debris yellows, a total of three cautions that threatened to change the outcome of the race. Yet during the last lap, when …

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Did You Notice? Matt Kenseth’s Collapse, Scheduling Snafus & Best Bets to Spoil the Chase

Did You Notice? The philosophy of, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it?” That’s exactly what NASCAR is saying to us with the 2010 Sprint Cup schedule; they don’t think there’s anything wrong with both declining ratings and attendance, so there’s no need to mix up the schedule a bit to address a problem they …

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Did You Notice? The Power of Motivation, Danica Drama & How to Shoot Yourself in the Foot

Did You Notice? How the simple threat of future job security in NASCAR can motivate drivers sitting in mid-pack? Every year about this time, there can be so many that enter an ugly routine of just going through the motions. They’re not bad enough to have to fight to stay within the Top 35, but …

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Did You Notice? NASCAR’s A Young Man’s Game, Chasing Survival & Highway Robbery

Did You Notice? That with Michael Waltrip and now Bobby Labonte possibly out of full-time rides in 2010, the Cup Series has become more of a young man’s game than ever before – and the age of gray-haired success stories may finally be gone for good. Looking at the lineup of 2010 full-time teams, just …

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Did You Notice? Bruton Smith Full of Hot Air & Why Hendrick Cares About Brad Keselowski

Did You Notice? That Bruton Smith doesn’t have as much power in NASCAR as we think he does sometimes? For the second straight year, Smith has been adamant that Kentucky will get a Cup Series date, his primary goal behind purchasing the track in the middle of 2008. Yet here we were Wednesday afternoon, listening to Smith admit he’d seen a copy of the 2010 Cup schedule… without his newest purchase on the list.

Did You Notice? Whether Family & NASCAR Really Mix?, No Chase, No Crew & White House Snubs

Did You Notice? How amazing it is Jeff Gordon’s competing for the title this year? I say that not because of his ailing back (although that’s another story all to itself) … it’s because he’s busy changing diapers at home. Who in the world is capable of doing both? Now, I’m mostly joking around with …

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Did You Notice? Harvick’s Plea to NASCAR, Martin’s Right Turn Gone Wrong & “Toasty” Bread

Did You Notice? Something during the rain-delayed ESPN broadcast that caught my attention? Kevin Harvick was being interviewed in the studio, and while the group was chatting the topic changed to driver development. All of a sudden, Harvick took a serious tone and started talking about defunct series like NASCAR’s Winter Heat, offseason racing televised …

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