NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Happy Hour: For a 2nd-Class Citizen, Kyle Busch Has Had a Hell of a Season

People who cover NASCAR, like our own Kenny Wallace, are fond of saying things like “missing the Chase does NOT make you a second-class citizen.” Try telling Kyle Busch that. When history looks back on Kyle Busch in 2009, what do you ultimately think will be the assessment of his season? A very impressive win …

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Mirror Driving: Addington Angst, Rewarding Wins & Is Jeff Gordon Over the Hill?

Sunday’s race at Martinsville Speedway illustrated the frustration that many fans have with the current points system, as race winner Denny Hamlin gained two spots but made little headway against points leader Jimmie Johnson – who stretched his lead over Mark Martin by finishing second.  How should NASCAR reward winning in its top series?

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville

Although he didn’t win on Sunday, Jimmie Johnson continued his death grip on the top spot in the Power Rankings, with his second-place finish at Martinsville more than enough to secure all 10 of the first-place votes this week. With four races left, the No. 48 needs to only avoid the Talladega wreck to coast …

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Mirror Driving: Dale Jr.’s Next Step, Park’s NASCAR Comeback & Jimmie’s Chase to Lose?

Jimmie Johnson left Charlotte with a 90-point lead, the largest margin in history five races into the Chase. Does Johnson have the title in the bag at halfway, or is there still someone with something for the three-time champ?

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 NASCA Banking 500 at Charlotte

NASCAR came home for the only night race of the playoffs Saturday, overseeing a coronation of the Lowe’s Motor Speedway “King” for the first time in four years. Dominating for a second straight week in the Chase, Jimmie Johnson once again took the checkered flag at the track with his sponsor’s name to solidify his …

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Happy Hour: The Car of Tomorrow & The Safety Delusion

Don’t take this the wrong way, faithful Frontstretch readers, but sometimes I feel like the kid in the Emperor’s New Clothes story. The Vegas Nationwide race early this year was an example. Despite the CoT and the current Nationwide cars being so vastly different, Goodyear usually brings the same tires for both races on race …

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Mirror Driving: How to Beat Hendrick, Parking Double Duty & Dreamin’ of a Better California

Jimmie Johnson’s win at Auto Club Speedway was the fourth win of his career at the track and moved Johnson into the points lead, with Hendrick-supported cars 1-2-4-5 in the standings. Is this Hendrick’s Chase to lose, or does “independent” Juan Pablo Montoya still have a chance to wreak havoc on their dreams of a 1-2-3 Chase finish?

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 Pepsi 500 at Fontana

After scoring another victory at his home track, Jimmie Johnson put a major stranglehold on the top spot in the poll following Chase race number four at California. Behind him, the keyword appears to be “stability” as a Sunday snoozer led to minimal movement amongst our Power Rankings. But while our experts have labeled Johnson …

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