NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Happy Hour: The Odd Story of NASCAR’s No. 11 Car

This weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, should Denny Hamlin and crew manage to out-duel Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick and their crews, Hamlin would be the driver that finally came along and knocked Johnson off his lofty perch. Should the No. 11 car take the Sprint Cup, it would be a fourth title for Joe Gibbs …

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

The penultimate round of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season is now complete. Denny Hamlin dominated the Phoenix event, but a long green-flag run at the end combined with poor fuel mileage for the No. 11 Toyota conspired to relegate Hamlin to a 12th-place finish. Carl Edwards, on the other hand, was able to squeeze out …

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Happy Hour: NASCAR’s Late-Season Swing Produces a Memorable Event – No Legislative Help Needed

Things are so rough in NASCAR these days that last week’s race at Texas had enough action and storylines to actually jar a collective NASCAR press from its habitual cynicism. Even our own Matt McLaughlin rated the race a “four-and-a-half cans of Lone Star,” quite an esteemed rating from a writer who rarely ranks intermediate …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 AAA Texas 500

Texas Motor Speedway became Denny Hamlin’s personal playground on Sunday, when he unseated Jimmie Johnson from the top spot in the standings for the first time this late in the season since 2005. Johnson was plagued with pit road issues, which led to the No. 24 team moving over to pit him – a move …

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Happy Hour: A Sneak Peek at What NASCAR Could Look Like in 2011

It would be difficult to tout 2010 as a winning year for NASCAR. Television ratings continue their steady decline, and events that at one time never saw empty seats now have huge advertising panels covering them. The playoff races especially have been whitewashed by the NFL, ratings down well over 20% on most weekends even …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 AMP Energy Juice 500 at Talladega

It may have been the curse of the ancient Indian burial ground popping up once again on Sunday, as Talladega saw some crazy twists and turns that led to a rather unpredictable ending. Clint Bowyer had his nose in front at just the right time while AJ Allmendinger was busy going upside down, winning the …

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Happy Hour: A Tale of 2 NASCAR Drivers

This last Sunday, not only did Martinsville Speedway offer up a pretty good race, the fans in the grandstand and watching at home on television got to see an all-too-rare treat these days… the No. 88 car, driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr., ran up front for more than just one stay-out-while-everyone-pits lap. In fact, the …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville

Sunday’s racing at the small, half-mile paperclip in Martinsville was truly spectacular, reminding us why it’s the only racetrack remaining on NASCAR’s schedule every year since the sport’s inaugural season of 1949. Polesitter Denny Hamlin was certainly not the best car all day, but he was the best when it counted, mounting an impressive comeback …

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Happy Hour: Gateway Disappearance a Sign of the NASCAR Times

This coming Saturday night’s Nationwide Series race at Gateway International Raceway will probably be the last. It’s good to see that the potential sale of the track has some folks there optimistic, but honestly, when the asking price from Dover Motorsports is suspected to be just $1 million, it seems more probable that the track …

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Happy Hour: NASCAR “Have At It” Hasn’t Made Much Difference

Last night I was watching NASCAR Race Hub with host Steve Byrnes, who doubles as a pit reporter for FOX during their race broadcasts. Because of his connections, he was able to score the venerable Darrell Waltrip as a guest on his show, and DW gave his opinions on a couple of issues relating to …

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