NASCAR Race Weekend Central

5 Points to Ponder: 2009 TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville

Brought up as this week’s field of start and parkers started falling by the wayside, fans and Frontstretch panelists involved in the Frontstretch live blog voted that the recent epidemic of start-and-parkers is indeed bad for the sport. The question is, what hurts the credibility of the sport more: not having full fields, or having cars start-and-park to collect a few dollars?

5 Points to Ponder: 2009 NASCAR Banking 500 at Charlotte Edition

The third man in what seemed to be a three-man race for the championship, Juan Pablo Montoya finished a dismal 35th after contact on a restart and is now 195 points out of the series lead. The Cinderella story of the Chase thus far, it’ll be difficult for Montoya to reel in Johnson without a lot of luck.

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Pepsi 500 at Fontana Edition

As Yogi Berra once said: “It’s déjà vu all over again.” Another fall race in Fontana is complete, and for the third straight year another victory (and in this case, the point lead along with it) went to Jimmie Johnson, Chad Knaus, and company. Any fan who has followed NASCAR even remotely over the past …

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5 Points to Ponder: 2009 Price Chopper 400 at Kansas Edition

During this week’s blog, the question was posed as to whether Richard Childress Racing would keep the No. 07 even though the sponsor the number’s affiliated with (Jack Daniel’s) was leaving the team. This brought up talk as to whether or not fans would like to see the No. 3 return or not, and it appears the majority would like to see it come back at some point.

5 Points to Ponder: 2009 AAA 400 at Dover Edition

Kurt Busch and Juan Pablo Montoya were not considered championship contenders by a number of experts before New Hampshire, but after two races sit third and fourth in points to raise some eyebrows. It wasn’t that neither had the talent, but the Pat Tryson drama was expected to affect the No. 2 team and many thought Montoya couldn’t legitimately have a shot at the title without a win.

5 Points to Ponder: 2009 Sylvania 300 at Loudon Edition

Mark Martin made a statement in New Hampshire when he backed up his series-high win total in the regular season with a win to start the Chase. He’s become one of the threats to break Jimmie Johnson’s consecutive championship streak, and in my eyes has indeed become the favorite for the title.

Who’s Going To Win It All? Our 2009 Chase Predictions

The sixth edition of NASCAR’s Chase is upon us, and with it comes the most talented 12-car field we’ve ever seen. Four former champions, 282 career race wins, and eight different teams represented make the 10-race run for the title a wide-open affair with no clear favorite as of yet. Or is there? Our experts …

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5 Points to Ponder Heading Into the 2009 Chase

Kyle Busch has been the subject of criticism, and often times hatred, amongst race fans everywhere who would love nothing more than to see a Chase-less Busch. But while every dodged interview and eccentric victory celebration makes NASCAR’s most diehard fans’ blood boil, there is no denying that the man can wheel a stock car and is – in most people’s opinions – a top-10 talent in the sport. That’s why when I polled a number of NASCAR fans this weekend, I was not surprised when many said that you can’t have a playoff without one of the sport’s biggest stars.

5 Points to Ponder: 2009 Pep Boys 500 at Atlanta Edition

Perhaps I’m in the minority on this, but equipment is extremely important in this sport – especially in the lower ranks – and pieces from possibly the Stewart-Haas, Kevin Harvick Inc. or JR Motorsports stables astronomically improves Danica Patrick’s chances of finding victory lane in a stock car in 2010. You see it all the time in ARCA – teams with support from Cup organizations tend to routinely run in the top 10, if not the top five.

5 Points to Ponder: 2009 NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Montreal Edition

Has there ever been a driver so completely off the radar who comes in and earns the respect of the field in just one race? Andrew Ranger may not be well known in NASCAR circles, but he is a mainstay in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series and in 2005 was the youngest driver to ever place on a Champ Car podium. Some of the sport’s biggest stars may not have known his name, but the way he raced the series regulars throughout the day may very well have earned him a shot at a decent Truck or Nationwide ride down the line.

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