Race Weekend Central

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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Fan’s View: Sundresses & Standing in the Track Bad Racing Combinations

As a woman, I do fall victim to the occasional bout of fashion envy. When Dario Franchitti crossed the finish line in Indianapolis on Sunday, it was with appreciation I smiled for his victory as well as Ashley Judd’s nicely coordinated ensemble. She bounced up and down. I considered the large, violet floral pattern against …

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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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Did You Notice? Charlotte Indy Double Duty, A Boring 600 & Retiring With Dignity

Did You Notice? Bruton Smith’s $20 million offer for 2011 and beyond to any driver who wins both the Indy 500 and Coca-Cola 600 in the same day? That’s opened up a whole other can of worms and stirred the pot for a handful of drivers anxious to get their hands on that money. In …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in the Racing World: 2010 Charlotte/Indy Edition

Technically, the NASCAR Sprint Cup circus didn’t take last week off. But after a 100-lap, four-segment exhibition where only the last 15 minutes seemed worth watching, it’s hard to add to those regular-season trends which typically define this Hot/Not column. So just like everyone else is about to do this Memorial Day Weekend, let’s take …

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MPM2Nite: The Merry, Merry, Month of May

Friends, gentle readers, editors, and detractors I ask you to indulge me for this week. You doubtless have tuned into this Matt-channel looking to read about NASCAR racing, or a topic even spherically related to stock cars. Well I’m sorry to disappoint ya’ll, but this week I’m going so far off the radar that Larry …

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