NASCAR Race Weekend Central

The Cool-Down Lap: How Should NASCAR Nation Feel About 5 Straight?

In case you haven’t heard, Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 Lowe’s team won the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship on the strength of a second-place finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Sunday’s Ford 400 – his fifth straight. And while the ESPN crew and pillars of the media that cover NASCAR release stories lacing him …

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The Cool-Down Lap: The Kyle Busch Conundrum, Sunday Meltdown Latest Fault of His Fire

He’s talented. He’s fiery. He may be his own worst enemy. There are many adjectives to describe Kyle Busch, the 25-year-old driver of the No. 18 M&M’s Toyota, who absolutely shot himself in the foot, then chopped it off, salted it, cooked and ate the nasty appendage during Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor …

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The Cool-Down Lap: Is Clint Bowyer the Next Jamie McMurray?

As NASCAR checked video to determine the winner of Sunday’s AMP Energy Juice 500, Clint Bowyer and Kevin Harvick parked next to each other at the start-finish line, near the exit of pit road. Interim No. 33 crew chief Scott Miller and the other crew members chirped to Bowyer that NASCAR was still reviewing the …

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The Cool-Down Lap: Does Big Mo Mean Big Things for Clint Bowyer in 2010?

By now, you know what happened in Sunday’s Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Clint Bowyer, tied for the Chase cellar with 2010’s other non-winning playoff participants heading into the Loudon race, led 177 laps and grabbed the top spot from Tony Stewart’s sputtering No. 14 Chevy as the white flag flew – the …

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The Cool-Down Lap: Dale Earnhardt Jr., No. 88 Team Have Fight Club Moment at Richmond

“Have you ever hit rock bottom?” Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) posed this question to Edward Norton’s character in Fight Club as he challenged Norton to break away from his empty boring life, strip to the bare bones and end up creating Joker-like social experiments and acts of terrorism. And while there were no face-disintegrating fights, acid-burnt tattoos or explosions in the No. 88 AMP Energy Chevy’s pits or garage stall after Saturday night’s Air Guard 400 at Richmond, Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s 34th place, six laps down finish was a Fight Club act in its own right: rock bottom for a team that has been conspicuously disappointing since Junior joined the team in 2008.

Beyond the Cockpit: Diversity Pioneer Lyn St. James

To some racing fans, particularly those of the stock car persuasion, Lyn St. James is not a household name. This notion is somewhat understandable, as the Willoughby, Ohio native never raced nationally in stock cars and did not even make her Indy 500 debut until 1992 – at the age of 47. But James’s ephemeral …

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