NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 NASCAR Tracks

With no reason to update the rankings (unless you think going on vacation messes up Jimmie Johnson‘s mojo), we thought we’d do something a little different this week. There are nearly 30 tracks on the schedules of the three major touring series of NASCAR. But just as they’re all sorts of shapes and sizes, every …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta

The No. 2 car of Kurt Busch managed to win a race, but it was two other stories that stole the show this weekend at Atlanta. Carl Edwards made payback on superspeedways an acceptable behavior, while Goodyear once again brought a tire to the track that failed to perform as expected for nearly one-third of …

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Driven to the Past: ARCA’s “Jimmie & Chad” Back in the Day…

All of the commentary about Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus’s Hendrick Motorsports team’s domination in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series reached into a corner of my alleged brain and picked out some memories from 40 years ago. The name was Jack Bowsher, and back then there was also a driver/crew chief/owner combination. Then, however, there was only one …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Shelby American at Las Vegas

A weekend in Las Vegas turned out lucky for Jimmie Johnson, who took a four-tire gamble on the last pit stop and rode it to victory number two in as many weeks. Just like that, second-place Kevin Harvick saw the race slip away – along with his hold on the top spot in our Power …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Auto Club 500 at Fontana

Taking the plates off at Auto Club Speedway meant the first “unrestricted” race of the regular season Sunday; and for once, the 2-mile oval didn’t disappoint. No pothole appeared to stop the action, but a threat from Mother Nature sure helped start it, with rain clouds keeping the racing hot and heavy the second we …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Daytona 500

The parity of plate racing put some unfamiliar faces up front in NASCAR’s Super Bowl – jumbling up the Power Rankings like crazy after just one week. But while upset winner Jamie McMurray shot up the charts, it was Jimmie Johnson who lost out in the midst of underdog success – his rear axle failure …

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Driven to the Past: There Was Some Pretty Good Stock Car Racing in the Midwest Back in the Day, Too

I’ve talked about the USAC Stock Car Series before, most notably the road race at Indianapolis Raceway Park and a race at Salem that I had a hand in helping Larry Moore with. One of the best races I ever saw was during that series’ heyday in 1964, when the factories were throwing everything they …

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