Race Weekend Central

Sometimes Racing Can be too Good

The day dawned bright and clear. The fans filed into the track via Daytona’s new “injectors.” Jeff Gordon and Darrell Waltrip yakked up a storm. Mikey appeared for a short time before the green flag to play the goofy younger brother that he does so well. The pre-show went off like clockwork—on-track concert, anthem, driver …

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Does a Bump and Run Make an Awesome NASCAR Race?

The bump and run, it just doesn’t get old. It doesn’t much matter if I’m watching street stocks or the Sprint Cup drivers duke it out, a last corner pass using the chrome horn is possibly one of the best moves in auto racing.  My enthusiasm for the ending of Sunday’s Toyota Owners 400 has …

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Superspeedway or Junkyard? Your Call

“The World’s Fastest Junkyard”   FOX’s Mike Joy may have coined the next great nickname for a track on the Sprint Cup track.  It’s a shame that Talladega won’t be able to use it in their promotional material.  Who wants to sell their multi-million dollar venue as a place where cars go to die?  Yes, …

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Jacking Around the Rules Book in NASCAR

Every once in a while, it seems that the head office of NASCAR gets a little something stuck in their craw, and they decide to make a federal case out of a particular violation of the ever changing rules book.  This past week, they suspended three crew chiefs in the Sprint Cup Series.  Brian Pattie …

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Some Safe Tailgating Tips for Your Next NASCAR Race

While the Sprint Cup Series was sorting out the new configuration and pavement of Kentucky Speedway on Saturday evening, the fans were momentarily distracted by a truck bursting into flames in one of the track parking lots.  While initial conjecture had the fire starting in the BBQ that was tied to the pickup bed, track …

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The Tale of the NASCAR Fan’s T-shirt

Ah, the morning after an unexpected win in the Sprint Cup Series.  There ought to be a T-shirt in my dresser that can celebrate the place or time of Kyle Larson’s accomplishment.  I started digging through the drawer, then checked the other drawer where older shirts go to hide before getting donated.  Huh. Really? I …

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The Surprising Start to the 2016 Chase…Or Not

After the unsurprising, yet still notable conclusion to the 2015 season, NASCAR fans were ready for just about anything.  If a driver who sat out the first three months of the season due to a fractured leg could come back and dominate the Sprint Cup Series on his way to his first championship, then we …

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