NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Doug Turnbull

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Dickies 500 at Texas Edition

The Texas Tea Party we all witnessed Sunday ended up tasting like fuel, as Kurt Busch claimed his second season victory in the Dickies 500. While the race had its dull moments (er… stretches), the finish surprisingly was more exciting than last week’s 500-mile parade in Talladega, with Kyle Busch …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 AMP Energy 500 at Talladega

The wild card of the Chase might not have taken Jimmie Johnson out of the points lead, but it certainly mixed up the standings in this week’s Power Rankings. With half our list in shambles after two terrible wrecks decimated the field, our pollsters were left scratching their heads and …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 AMP Energy 500 at Talladega Edition

Honestly, I’m more torn than the rest of you about the events during Sunday’s AMP Energy 500. Of course, my view on the issue may be skewed by the fact that I was sitting low in the grandstands, near the entrance to pit road, and could only see a half …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville

Although he didn’t win on Sunday, Jimmie Johnson continued his death grip on the top spot in the Power Rankings, with his second-place finish at Martinsville more than enough to secure all 10 of the first-place votes this week. With four races left, the No. 48 needs to only avoid …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Edition

The usual suspects played “follow the leader” at Martinsville in what proved to be a fairly competitive race. Jimmie Johnson, winner of five of the last six races at the track, led a large portion of the middle of the event, eventually losing the point to Denny Hamlin. But Hamlin, …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 NASCA Banking 500 at Charlotte

NASCAR came home for the only night race of the playoffs Saturday, overseeing a coronation of the Lowe’s Motor Speedway “King” for the first time in four years. Dominating for a second straight week in the Chase, Jimmie Johnson once again took the checkered flag at the track with his …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not In Sprint Cup: 2009 NASCAR Banking 500 at Charlotte Edition

Going into Saturday’s “The Word Bank is in the Title Sponsorship Name Too Much” 500, the Chase points were the tightest in the format’s six-season history. But leaving Lowe’s Motor Speedway, the seemingly bulletproof No. 48 team of Jimmie Johnson now has the biggest lead of any driver through five …

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The No. 08 team: More to Overcoming the Odds Than You Might Think

Take a quick stroll through the Sprint Cup Series garage and you’ll see lines of haulers and the full garage stalls of NASCAR’s biggest teams. As you cross through the gates of what should be the exit of the garage area, you see several groups of men huddled around less-colorful …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 Pepsi 500 at Fontana

After scoring another victory at his home track, Jimmie Johnson put a major stranglehold on the top spot in the poll following Chase race number four at California. Behind him, the keyword appears to be “stability” as a Sunday snoozer led to minimal movement amongst our Power Rankings. But while …

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5 Points to Ponder: 2009 Pepsi 500 at Fontana Edition

While most of Sunday’s race was a certified yawning contest, the late laps drama and some of the developing stories going into the Pepsi 500 left plenty for the masses to debate this week – and that is without any Chase discussion. While Mike Lovecchio takes a much-needed day off, …

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