NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Voices from the Heartland: NASCAR Deems That AJ Allmendinger is ‘Expendable’

A lot has been said this past week about the timing of the last caution flag that flew on the closing lap of last Sunday’s race. The controversy started as AJ Allmendinger’s No. 44 spun on the frontstretch during the white-flag lap. Meanwhile, Mark Martin and Juan Pablo Montoya continued to battle for the lead …

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Mirror Driving: Montoya or Martin Driving Dirty? A Cautionary Tale & As The Tryson Turns

Juan Pablo Montoya says Mark Martin played dirty at the end of the Cup race at New Hampshire. Is he a sore loser, or did Mark’s reputation let him get away with one?

Beyond the Cockpit: Austin Dillon on Racing with Grandpa Richard

Austin Dillon may not have the famous last name, but he’s quickly building his own claim to fame as the grandson of legendary car owner Richard Childress. With a best finish of 12th in six combined Nationwide and Truck series starts this year, the 2008 Camping World East Rookie of the Year is taking his …

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Who’s Going To Win It All? Our 2009 Chase Predictions

The sixth edition of NASCAR’s Chase is upon us, and with it comes the most talented 12-car field we’ve ever seen. Four former champions, 282 career race wins, and eight different teams represented make the 10-race run for the title a wide-open affair with no clear favorite as of yet. Or is there? Our experts …

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Voices from the Heartland: What If The Emphasis Really WAS On Winning?

As we all know, the whole Chase was brought to us in 2004 as a result of a few key factors – chief among them the simplistic greed of Brian France. France wanted to go head-to-head with the NFL during the fall months of the season. This grand illusion, I’m sure, was hatched long before …

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Mirror Driving: Matt Crafton’s Penalty, Kyle & Kurt’s Big Problems & Johnson Playing Dumb?

After the dust settled at Richmond, Brian Vickers was in the Chase while Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth were left on the outside looking in.  Is not having the series bad boy or perpetual championship contender in the playoffs bad for the sport?

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