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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Happy Hour: Sometimes, NASCAR Needs to Be the Bad Guy

Though most sports would be happy to enjoy the ratings that NASCAR does, the powers that be recognize that they’re in a decline, and have been taking some unusual measures to stop the bleeding. Until recently, NASCAR had never consulted the drivers, media, and fans to help them fix waning interest. For any sport to …

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Mirror Driving: G-W-C Disaster & Does NASCAR Need Earnhardt to Win?

Atlanta saw two attempts at a finish before the race was decided, and leader Kurt Busch expressed his displeasure at having to hold off the field twice while many cars were wrecked on the first attempt at a green-white-checkered finish. After a couple of races with multiple attempts, was the “three-attempt rule” the way to go?

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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Happy Hour: Where is NASCAR on Hendrick Dominance?

Given NASCAR’s history nearly since its beginnings, and especially recently, it’s curious that NASCAR remains arms folded and passively silent as Hendrick Motorsports opens up can after can of unseasoned whoop-ass on the competition. Last Sunday at Las Vegas it seemed as though they had an even bigger edge than they have had, with the …

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Mirror Driving: Is Jimmie’s Success NASCAR Suicide? Grading Danica, And…

Jimmie Johnson won his second race of the season Sunday, with ratings plummeting 25% along with it. Many fans say that one driver winning so much is bad for NASCAR, but can one athlete winning really be that bad for an entire sport?

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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Happy Hour: Jeff Burton May Finally Be Back

If there is a Rodney Dangerfield of NASCAR, it may be Jeff Burton. He doesn’t have the Cups that the glory brothers at Hendrick Motorsports have. He doesn’t have the name recognition of Dale Earnhardt Jr. He doesn’t polarize the media like Tony Stewart. He won’t even be repeatedly pronounced the best driver to never …

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Mirror Driving: Fontana Follies, NASCAR Sends a Message & Danica’s Nationwide Impact… On TV?

The racing at Fontana was somewhat improved over recent races, with the 1.5-second margin of victory in the Cup race, which was .4 seconds under the average. Is this a sign of a turnaround for the track? And what can it be attributed to?

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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