NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Happy Hour: The Odd Story of NASCAR’s No. 11 Car

This weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, should Denny Hamlin and crew manage to out-duel Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick and their crews, Hamlin would be the driver that finally came along and knocked Johnson off his lofty perch. Should the No. 11 car take the Sprint Cup, it would be a fourth title for Joe Gibbs …

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Happy Hour: NASCAR’s Late-Season Swing Produces a Memorable Event – No Legislative Help Needed

Things are so rough in NASCAR these days that last week’s race at Texas had enough action and storylines to actually jar a collective NASCAR press from its habitual cynicism. Even our own Matt McLaughlin rated the race a “four-and-a-half cans of Lone Star,” quite an esteemed rating from a writer who rarely ranks intermediate …

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Happy Hour: A Sneak Peek at What NASCAR Could Look Like in 2011

It would be difficult to tout 2010 as a winning year for NASCAR. Television ratings continue their steady decline, and events that at one time never saw empty seats now have huge advertising panels covering them. The playoff races especially have been whitewashed by the NFL, ratings down well over 20% on most weekends even …

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Happy Hour: A Tale of 2 NASCAR Drivers

This last Sunday, not only did Martinsville Speedway offer up a pretty good race, the fans in the grandstand and watching at home on television got to see an all-too-rare treat these days… the No. 88 car, driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr., ran up front for more than just one stay-out-while-everyone-pits lap. In fact, the …

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Happy Hour: Gateway Disappearance a Sign of the NASCAR Times

This coming Saturday night’s Nationwide Series race at Gateway International Raceway will probably be the last. It’s good to see that the potential sale of the track has some folks there optimistic, but honestly, when the asking price from Dover Motorsports is suspected to be just $1 million, it seems more probable that the track …

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Happy Hour: NASCAR “Have At It” Hasn’t Made Much Difference

Last night I was watching NASCAR Race Hub with host Steve Byrnes, who doubles as a pit reporter for FOX during their race broadcasts. Because of his connections, he was able to score the venerable Darrell Waltrip as a guest on his show, and DW gave his opinions on a couple of issues relating to …

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Happy Hour: What’s So Horrible About a Winless NASCAR Champion?

Before going away on vacation, I was going through Jayski one lovely morning to read commentary from NASCAR Citizen Journalists that I like. Two articles in particular got my attention this morning. The first was a diatribe from Steve Kaminski of Michigan Live, suggesting to NASCAR that regardless of how it is achieved, a win …

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Happy Hour: Ol’ D.W. May Be Onto Something

Before I started toiling for That’s Racin’ and subsequently Frontstretch, I spent Sunday evenings writing race summaries for the edification of the other members of my fantasy league. Back then I was less concerned about reigning in vitriol towards NASCAR figures, and one of my favorite targets was champion driver-turned-commentator Darrell Waltrip. I mean, admit …

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