NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Fan’s View: Tony Stewart – Rising Above a Checkered Past into this Fan’s Heart

It’s always interesting to watch several races in a weekend. Different cars, storylines and personalities combine to snag my attention for hours on end. Perhaps the greatest display of diverse action appeared in two separate victory lanes this weekend. After Saturday’s Nationwide race, the stands at Nashville nearly fell down with the echoes of boos …

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Fan’s View: Kyle Busch – Because Pride Must Always Go Before the Fall

Once upon a time – just last Friday, in fact – in a media center not too far from here sat a boy. He wore a yellow suit decorated with multi-colored candies, beautiful on the outside while attempting to hide the ugliness that occasionally lies within. His name was Kyle. Now, Kyle is not like …

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NASCAR’s Memorial Day Tribute: Racing with the Red, White & Blue

Editor’s Note: Have you heard of our FREE Frontstretch newsletter, delivering more NASCAR news, commentary, trivia, and more right to your inbox every morning? If not, well, it’s time to sell you on it. Today, we’re showcasing the weekly column that resident fan expert S.D. Grady wrote for today’s newsletter. If you like what you read, …

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Fan’s View: Penske Teams Running Up Front – What’s With That?

Hendrick, Hendrick, Roush, Hendrick, Gibbs, Hendrick, Stewart… Hendrick. Oh yes, don’t forget Petty. It seems like those names are all that exist in the Sprint Cup world. And yet, I’ve noticed an odd blip on the radar this year. It’s been getting bigger and more persistent. Could it be? Has another multi-car team managed to …

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Fan’s View: NASCAR’s Good Neighbor Policy – No Drugs Allowed

Drugs. Just hearing the word makes you sit up and look around, doesn’t it? This Saturday, at approximately 6 p.m., you could hear a pin drop when the announcement was made that a driver in the Sprint Cup Series had been suspended… because of drugs. NASCAR randomly tested Jeremy Mayfield after the Richmond race. He …

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Fan’s View: Wondering “Where Does Ask.com Get These Ideas”?

There is a point at which my sense of happy-go-lucky NASCAR fan gets irritated. Ask.com has destroyed my ability to chuckle at anything bearing the company logo. Why, you ask? I laughed hysterically when NASCAR launched their “How Bad Do You Have It?” campaign years ago. The champagne showers in the living room, burnouts in front of your house, sculpted shrubberies, hair-dye, bumper stickers… almost every episode struck a chord with me. I could, and still can, understand the kind of silly stuff fans do in the name of their favorite past-time.

Fan’s View: Classy Joe Nemechek Proves Winning Isn’t Everything

What was so interesting, you ask? With eight laps to go, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. turned down the track and ran smack into an unsuspecting Joe Nemechek. This resulted in Nemechek’s No. 87 taking a leisurely roll down the frontstretch. Moments later, the car righted itself… still pointing in the right direction! Nemechek immediately put his foot on the gas, bounced off the outside wall and drove away.

Fan’s View: I Watched a Great NASCAR Race!

I found the race. I rediscovered the thrill. And I didn’t do it in my living room. On Sunday afternoon, I headed out to Thompson International Speedway for the Whelen Modified Series Icebreaker 2009. There I shook hands with all the drivers before they took to the track. Jamie Tomaino, one of several grinning series champions and veterans, fingered his Disney “Tow-Mater” hat and got ready for his 500th start in the series. Reigning champ and series bad-boy Ted Christopher chatted about staying comfortable in the car with ’03 champ Todd Szegedy. All of them looked at the blue skies and agreed, this was a great day for the first race of the season in the Northeast.

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