NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Happy Hour: What’s Left To Be Said About The Daytona 520

There I sat in my capacity as Official Columnist of NASCAR, after two long delays, which at least enabled me to spend some time with visiting in-laws that have zero interest in racing. Before the first green-white-we’ll-figure-it-out-eventually, my three fantasy drivers that day, Mark Martin, Jeff Burton and Jeff Gordon, were all in the top …

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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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Happy Hour: Martinsville or Dover in Danger – More Potential Bullet Holes in NASCAR’s Feet

Picture yourself watching NASCAR in the 2011 season. In April, the first event at Kansas comes on television. Your first thought is how great the racing at Martinsville was before one of its races was moved to a new venue, a track where the most memorable event to date has been a race that ended …

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2010 Season Preview: What Tracks Lose a Date in 2011?

Today’s Season Preview Topic: With Kansas and Kentucky widely expected to get second dates in 2011, that means some tracks are in peril of losing a date or even falling off the schedule altogether. Who should be the most concerned heading into the 2010 season, and why?

2010 Season Preview: Is Lance McGrew the Answer for Earnhardt?

Today’s Season Preview Topic: Dale Earnhardt Jr. is coming off the worst year of his career, but kept Lance McGrew as his crew chief. Was that the right move, and was McGrew’s bold prediction of making the Chase the right thing for a man whose struggled with confidence since moving over to Hendrick?

2010 Season Preview: Can NASCAR Really “Loosen Up?”

Today’s Season Preview Topic: During the preseason media tour, NASCAR officials went out of their way to claim they’ll “loosen up” during the upcoming season, allowing drivers to be themselves. But will people actually showing their personalities make a dent in declining ratings and fan attendance? And will sponsors actually allow their drivers to follow those rules?

2010 Season Preview: How Will Danica REALLY Do?

Today’s Season Preview Topic: After a year’s worth of “will she or won’t she,” Danica Patrick is coming over to NASCAR after all. How do you think she’ll do in her limited schedule this year, and why?

Mirror Driving: Making Sense of “Major” Changes in 2010

NASCAR announced several changes this offseason, including an eventual change from a rear wing to a blade spoiler and new rules at restrictor-plate tracks that allow bump drafting in all zones. Did NASCAR make the best, and safest, changes they could to improve the racing, or should they have stayed at the drawing board and come up with something else?

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