Race Weekend Central

Fanning the Flames: Figures Lie & Liars Figure… Or Do They?

As the circuit reaches its traditional halfway point this weekend during the annual July visit to Daytona, it got me thinking about how hard it is to handicap a plate race. I’ve got some experience here in that rating drivers, teams and tracks for fantasy racing games is what I’ve done for a living at …

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Mirror Driving: 2011 Hall Candidates, Who Loses a Date & Respect, Baby

Sunday’s race was won with a bump and run from series champion Jimmie Johnson to Kurt Busch in a classic short track battle. But on Friday, Mark Martin and Jeff Burton both commented that lack of respect on the racetrack is becoming a huge problem in NASCAR, changing how the game is played in a bad way. Are they correct, or were the comments just leftover frustration from a wreck-filled race at Sonoma?

Fanning the Flames: Marcos, in America it’s pronounced “D’Oh!”

Don’t worry, Marcos. It happens to the best in the business, too. Need proof? Check this out. Looking to get something off your chest? Have an opinion about the controversy of the week? Want to get a technical question cleared up? This is the place. Shoot me an email this week and I’ll get your name …

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Fanning the Flames: Mikey’s Tweet, Bruton’s Shades & Singing a Unique Command

This week’s race at Michigan didn’t give us much to talk about, but there were plenty of quotes, tweets, and song ‘n’ dance routines to get the faithful fired up. So let’s not waste any time. Give me a shout this week, and I’ll get you in next Thursday. Q: I’m watching [the] race on …

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Fanning the Flames: Pocono’s Tedium Turns Tumultuous & Junior’s Dream Team

Q: No one knows what’s to become of Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Hendrick, but everyone is starting to believe it is not the right fit for him. I’m going to ask this to you this way: Where do you think Jr. would fit in best if you could assign him a team (JR Motorsports included)

Fanning the Flames: Of Money, Mears, Danica & Goodyears

The fish were biting, the beer was cold, and the batteries are now recharged. Come to think of it, it’s going to take a charged battery to get through a rather brutal schedule in June. I know it’s hard to follow Richmond, Darlington and Charlotte’s events that fall in May (yeah, I left Dover out… …

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Mirror Driving: FOX’s Final Grade, Charlotte Crashing & The Chase at Halfway

The Coke 600 lived up to its name as the “Beast of the Southeast,” taking out several superstars in wrecks not of their own making. Which one were you most surprised by, and did track conditions where drivers seemed to be running on the ragged edge make for better racing?

Fanning the Flames: NASCAR’s Longest Owner/Driver Marriage & Pending Roush Divorces?

I received a text from my brother last weekend stating “I guess ur watching the hall of fame induction, this is really cool.” Coming from a college-age kid that isn’t necessarily a die-hard, I thought what he said was really cool. Good job, NASCAR. You often take our body blows when we don’t like what …

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Fanning the Flames: 11 Weeks In? Sounds Like an Awards Column is in Order

Mother Nature has a way of catching us off guard right when we least expect it. Such was the case two weekends ago when my adopted hometown of Nashville and the surrounding areas were hit by over 14 inches of rain in a 48-hour period. I’m not going into personal tales of woe, nor will …

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