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No Bull: A Great Year Disguised as the Worst for 1 of NASCAR’s Best Owners

Chip Ganassi’s three-peat weekend only added to the craziness of the 2010 season for the ubiquitous owner. Saturday, Ganassi’s Grand-Am team of Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas won by fractions of a second at Watkins Glen, and then 24 hours later, Juan Pablo Montoya won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race for his first victory on tour in over three years.

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2010 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen

Signing a contract extension must have agreed with AJ Allmendinger. After settling his 2011 plans earlier this week, Allmendinger thanked his Richard Petty Motorsports team with a fourth-place finish at Watkins Glen, the best of the year for the underfunded No. 43. Though he didn’t quite have the car to make a bid at the end, Allmendinger dogged the leaders all day long, holding off a charging Carl Edwards in the Bus Stop on the final lap and garnering a little TV time for his often overlooked team.

No Bull: Bad Calls Can Quickly Cost You Credibility

While NASCAR raced at open-wheel’s hallowed ground on Sunday, IndyCar stole the spotlight hours after the checkered flag flew at Indianapolis. As Helio Castroneves led the field to the green flag and a restart on lap 92 of the 95-lap Honda Edmonton Indy, he stayed to the inside portion of the frontstretch as the field …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Controversy Never Keeps ESPN From Jumping Ship

Hello, race fans. It’s that time of the week again, the one where I go through race broadcasts with a fine-toothed comb. The Sprint Cup Series took this past weekend off. However, as you’re probably aware of by now, the events of this past Saturday night will probably play a role in Sunday’s Brickyard 400. …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Too Much Focus on Leaders Hurts Road-Race Telecasts

Hello, race fans and welcome back to the weekly look into the race broadcasts we all watch. This past weekend, the Sprint Cup Series was in Sonoma, Calif. for the Toyota/Save Mart 350k. Meanwhile, the Nationwide Series was in Elkhart Lake, Wis. for the inaugural Bucyrus 200 presented by Menards at the 4.048-mile Road America …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Networks Need to Ink Indy-like Side-By-Side Deal

Hello, race fans and welcome to that weekly place where major race programming is put under a microscope and analyzed. This past weekend, the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series were both racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. In addition, the Izod IndyCar Series held their crown jewel, the Indianapolis 500. Indianapolis 500 On …

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Frontstretch Breakdown: 2010 Indy 500

Great Scot! Really. While most of the attention after qualifying fell to Tony Kanaan and his Andretti Autosport teammates having a rough month of May, drivers like Paul Tracy who didn’t make the field, or Helio Castroneves and his quest for a fourth victory, Dario Franchitti garnered very little attention. That’s OK. He let his right foot do his talking instead, going out and dominating the race. He led 155 of 200 laps, scoring his second Indy 500 victory and fourth overall for owner Chip Ganassi.

The Indianapolis 500 is Becoming a Little More… Feminine

You may have noticed this season that there are seemingly a lot more female racers in the upper echelons of motorsports. For example, this year’s ARCA season opener at Daytona had six women in the field, a record. 10 female racers participated in the open test in December prior to the race. It is said …

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