Race Weekend Central

Fanning the Flames: Is There Any “Right” Strategy for the Big 3 at Talladega?

Something to think about while the boys are running single file for the first 150 laps on Sunday: had Jamie McMurray made the Chase, he’d be sitting 112 points behind Jimmie Johnson in the standings with a good look at another win coming up. Yeah, I know: Shoulda, woulda, coulda… but it lends credence to, …

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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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Fanning the Flames: Richmond Reaction, Fantasy Talk & a Junior Fan’s Last Stand

As writers, we strive to accurately report, comment and entertain. It’s often our job to take what the sports’ drivers, officials and the like say, then apply it to a relevant piece that informs. I find that listening to differing opinions of those within the sport — those affected by a rule change, penalty, etc. …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Air Guard 400 at Richmond

The anti-climactic final moments of the Race to the Chase left a feeling in NASCAR fans’ mouths like they’d kissed their sister Saturday night. There wasn’t any of the built-up excitement that was promised from all the ESPN hype, and the oft-rumored, rarely intense battle for 12th place never materialized.

Fanning the Flames: Kyle Busch’s Pink Car, Tony Stewart’s Momentum & Jeff Gordon’s Mustache

I get the impression that there aren’t a lot of Kyle Busch fans out there. Oh, I know he has his little sect of followers, but it’s safe to say he’s more heel than hero. Yet while he’s such a polarizing figure, I think the one thing we all agree on concerning Kyle is the …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Emory Healthcare 500 at Atlanta

It wasn’t quite the Southern 500, but at least the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series was racing where it should be – the South – on Labor Day weekend. The abrasive, slippery surface at Atlanta put drivers and teams to the test, and we saw some incredible athletic ability during the track’s own 500-mile Sunday tradition …

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Fanning the Flames: Cleaning Out the Inbox & Heading for Hampton

As per our typical off-week Q&A (or does “atypical” fit better when discussing off weeks?), let’s roll out the miscellaneous, non-time specific questions accrued since mid-July — with a couple Montreal queries thrown in for the Nordiques. 12 weeks left in the season, then it’s the holidays. Does that seem weird to you, or is …

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Fanning the Flames: Schedule, Driver & Sponsor Changes Aplenty Coming in 2011

The 2011 schedule was released yesterday afternoon. Unfortunately, there were no surprises, and if you’ve read this column the last week or two, you know how I feel about that. So without dragging us back down that dark alley, I’ll just post it so you can copy and paste it to your desktops or something… …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 CARFAX 400 at Michigan

At the center of it all is Jack Roush, who put three cars inside the top five at Michigan; was that enough for all of them to make moves toward the top of the Power Rankings? And while Kurt Busch done blowed up, was that lack of horsepower enough to send him tumbling out of the poll? This week’s NASCAR Power Rankings reveals all the movers and shakers after the year’s final trip to the Irish Hills.

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