NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Matt Taliaferro

Fanning the Flames: NASCAR’s Trifecta of Current Events

Q: Matt, my question is what is the big deal about the NEW restart? I may be a little on the old age side, but I remember that was the way it was in the old days of NASCAR or any racing for that matter. You lined up in your position in the race at any restart and just received credit for the laps actually run past the start finish line. Did I miss something, or do I not understand the restart procedure?

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 Pocono 500

The tricky triangle in Pocono threw everything at the drivers but the kitchen sink. There was rain, a new double-file restart procedure, and even a late-race fuel-mileage gamble thrown in for good measure. As you might expect, with that many variables the final running order was turned upside down after 500 miles of competition. But the one place where stability held was at the top; and after Tony Stewart's first win as an owner/driver, he did his best to solidify his reign atop our NASCAR Power Rankings.

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Fanning the Flames: Carl Long, Brad Keselowski & Other Issues of the Week

Q: This might sound trivial and, in truth, it really is, but I've often wondered how a track's length is measured. For example, Talladega measures out at 2.66 miles. Is that distance measured from the bottom, along the outside wall, or midway around the track?

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 Autism Speaks 400 at Dover

While Jimmie Johnson was completely dominant at Dover, he wasn't the only one with a stellar Sunday at the Monster Mile. Our experts actually rewarded a different driver with the top spot this week, keeping the three-time champ from assuming the throne he'll so desperately seek by Homestead. At the same time, some people who had less than Heluva! Good weekends saw their fortunes turn South in the rankings - including last week's trendy pick at Lowe's before David Reutimann upstaged him just one week ago. Who are the two drivers of which we speak? You'll have to read on to find out in this week's version of the Frontstretch Power Rankings.

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 Coca-Cola 600

While racing was supposed to be the focus at Charlotte, rain wound up being the headline. Since the 600-miler was called short due to weather, the final standings were a jumbled mess of drivers who took a risk on the final pit stop to steal a good finish - leaving the fastest cars in the field scrambling for what little they could get. With such a haphazard end to a Memorial Day race plagued by Mother Nature's wrath, our voters seemed to be left unaffected by these random results. That left the Power Rankings mostly intact, although there were a few exceptions to the rule - in particular two drivers from mid-level teams who made some serious strides up the list. Who are they? Look below to find out, seeing if your driver stayed high and dry or wound up fighting a torrential downpour down the Power Rankings following Monday's Coca-Cola 600.

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Fanning the Flames: Talking All-Stars, 600s & Lawn Mowers

Q: Ryan Newman was sunk [in the All-Star Race] without the Lucky Dog. I like the rule in an All-Star format because it keeps more cars in the running. I don’t like it so much for real races. What is your opinion, and do you think the rule would be better served just being used in exhibition races like Charlotte and the Daytona Duels?

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