NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Daytona International Speedway to be Repaved for Next Year’s Daytona 500

  After months of investigation into Daytona’s aged asphalt surface, we finally have an answer as to the future of the speedway’s repaving project. Sources tell Frontstretch‘s Mike Lovecchio that an announcement will be made tomorrow by ISC the track will be fully repaved in time for the 2011 Daytona 500. According to sources, investigation …

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5 Points to Ponder: Montoya’s Miracle Comeback?, Gutsy Hamlin & More

As reported by Frontstretch this week, John Wes Townley was not released by Richard Childress Racing but instead put in “time out” for the near future after a poor start to 2010. The move itself is somewhat of a surprise, as sponsor Zaxby’s came over to RCR with Townley as a package deal. It’s the sole reason he landed with an organization far superior to his talent.

Bettin’ the Horsepower: Bet Johnson at Any Odds This Weekend

With batteries recharged, the Cup Series returns to action this weekend in the Phoenix desert for the sport’s first primetime event of the season. When the lights and cameras come on Saturday night, expect the usual cast of characters to shine – led by the man who has no problem thriving in the spotlight. Just …

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Bettin’ the Horsepower: Mark Martin Makes Better Bet Than Hendrick Teammates

Any time the Cup Series heads to the famed paperclip that is Martinsville Speedway, two drivers immediately emerge as favorites – Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon. Arguably the two best drivers of this era, both have excelled at the physically and mentally exhausting short track that tests a driver’s talent, endurance and patience. Given Johnson’s …

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Bettin’ the Horsepower: Busch Bros. Are Favorites, But Logano May Be Best Bet

It’s been almost a month since I last penned a column for Frontstretch and while I much enjoyed writing my weekend preview column early this season, the time off brings about a change. From this point on, this space on the website every Friday morning will analyze the betting lines of each week’s Sprint Cup …

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Lovecchio’s Weekend Lowdown: Johnson, Knaus Seek Redemption in California

Jimmie Johnson expected to kick off 2010 with a solid run in Daytona and begin his quest for a fifth consecutive championship. Instead, he finds himself behind the 8-ball.

A DNF and subsequent 35th place finish in the 52nd running of the Daytona 500 may not seem like much for a four-time defending championship team with 25 races left until the Chase field is set, but try telling that to Jimmie Johnson and his perfectionist crew chief Chad Knaus.

For them, this is unacceptable. They don’t see a poor finish at Daytona as just a minor hiccup in a long and probably successful season, they look at the standings and see that heading into California, there are 34 other teams with more points than the No. 48.

Beyond the Cockpit: Straight Talk From Justin Allgaier on Penske, Nationwide

Following an ARCA Racing championship in 2008 and Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year honors in 2009, Penske Racing driver Justin Allgaier enters the 2010 campaign looking for another award-winning year after a sixth-place points effort last season. With a career-best finish in Daytona (fourth), a first career win doesn’t seem too far away – …

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Martin Truex Jr. Finishes 6th in 1st Start With MWR at Daytona

Coming to the green flag on the first green-white-checkered attempt Martin Truex Jr. was in prime position to win in his first race with Michael Waltrip Racing; instead he watched as his former team won the 52nd running of the Daytona 500. On the second to final restart, Truex passed leader Greg Biffle going into …

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Danica Patrick Finishes 35th in NASCAR Debut at Daytona

Danica Patrick’s NASCAR debuted lasted 51 laps sooner than she hoped. After struggling through much of the first part of the race, and even falling a lap down before receiving the lucky dog on lap 55, Patrick failed to show the glimpses of promise she displayed one week earlier in the ARCA event at Daytona, …

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