NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Mirror Driving: Daytona Debrief, Shocking Starts & Bad Bump-Drafts… in Trucks?

NASCAR made several rules changes in the offseason to improve the racing at Daytona and Talladega – allowing bump drafting anywhere on track, adding more attempts at a green-flag finish and pushing out a larger restrictor plate. Did the new rules do enough to provide great racing?

Voices from the Heartland: “Jesus Takes the Wheel” During Last Week’s ARCA Race!

We’ve all heard the old saying before… a picture is worth a thousand words. But be that as it may, the editors still insist I actually type about a thousand words every week whether they make much sense or not – and despite their editorial narrow-mindedness, the old adage still holds true. I will give …

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Voices from the Heartland: Who Stands to Gain From NASCAR Cutting Purses?

There’s a lot of talk about NASCAR’s money situation this week in the wake of a surprise announcement last Friday. On the surface, the sport’s recent disclosure that they are going to reduce race purse amounts by 10%, with those monies going back to the track, may sound like a good thing. In some ways, …

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Mirror Driving: Penny-Pinching Purses, Penske Power, & Pena?

NASCAR announced late last week a 10% cut in race purses, with the money instead going to the racetracks. How does this affect the sport’s outlook, given the sagging economy and increasing cost of competition?

Mirror Driving: Making Sense of “Major” Changes in 2010

NASCAR announced several changes this offseason, including an eventual change from a rear wing to a blade spoiler and new rules at restrictor-plate tracks that allow bump drafting in all zones. Did NASCAR make the best, and safest, changes they could to improve the racing, or should they have stayed at the drawing board and come up with something else?

Voices from the Heartland: NASCAR Scheduled to Throw 8 Cautions at Homestead

Nearly two and a half years ago, I penned an article titled, “Surprise! NASCAR’s Version of Reality Slightly Skewered.” What prompted that fine piece of writing, besides having a bit too much time on my hands that day, was a July 16th, 2007 press release by NASCAR telling us that we were, in fact, witnessing …

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