Race Weekend Central

The Yellow Stripe: Don’t Rule Out Hamlin Just Yet – Preseason Fave Set for a Rebound

Sometimes, being selected the trendy preseason pick turns out to be nothing more than a case of bad punditry, as the erstwhile favorite struggles to live up to the hype. And in the case of Denny Hamlin, the first three weeks of the new NASCAR season has been just that – an early failure to live up to expectations.

The Yellow Stripe: After a Disappointing Season, RCR Contenders Again

So far, so good for Richard Childress Racing in 2010 – six combined races among three teams, three top fives, five top 10s, 153 of 450 laps led (33% of the total laps run) and a lowest finish of 11th. Let’s also not forget to mention a Budweiser Shootout win for Kevin Harvick. In short, …

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The Yellow Stripe: Lunch in New York with 2010 Daytona 500 Winner Jamie McMurray

I don’t suspect there were too many NASCAR fans disappointed by the switch of the end of season banquet from New York City to Las Vegas – but count me among the tiny minority that was upset. Having had the privilege and pleasure of living in the world’s greatest city (in my humble opinion) you …

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The Yellow Stripe: A New NASCAR Season Brings New Commercials… & They’re Good!

I want to start out this week by adding my sincere congratulations to Jamie McMurray on his maiden win in the Daytona 500, becoming just the 34th driver to take the checkers in the biggest race on the NASCAR slate. It can’t have been an easy transition over the last year for the amiable Jamie …

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The Yellow Stripe: 10 Wishes for 2010, Some of Which May Actually Come True

It’s amazing how the shortest offseason in professional sports can feel so long – it seems like an age ago since we were watching Jimmie Johnson race to a fourth straight title in Miami. I, for one, was even more geeked for the Budweiser Shootout than I was for the season-premiere of ABC’s Lost! (In …

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The Yellow Stripe: 9 Drivers (Who Don’t Race for Hendrick) to Watch in 2010

I want to start out in this, the final Yellow Stripe of 2009, by recognizing the efforts of Jimmie Johnson. Even if your personal flavor preference is not vanilla, any true fan of our great sport should recognize the level of achievement for the entire No. 48 team: a worthy champion, no question. All told, …

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The Yellow Stripe: Is Jeff Gordon’s Drive for 5 Permanently Stalled?

The whimsical 1986 movie Short Circuit, starring those giants of the big screen, Ally Sheedy and Steve Guttenberg, is a story about the mad cap adventures of an artificially intelligent robot named “Number Five.” The premise of the tale sees the U.S. military designed and owned robot brought to “life” by a freak power surge. …

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The Yellow Stripe: Can Mark Martin Do the Unthinkable & Prevent the 4-Peat?

It was over. Done and dusted. The fat lady was halfway through her last aria; the trophy had been all but etched, and the historians were in the process of rewriting the NASCAR history books. Fans were switching off in droves and thoughts, for many, were turning to Daytona in February 2010. Exiting Talladega, Jimmie …

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The Yellow Stripe: Reasons to Keep Watching NASCAR in 2009 (No Really, There Are… I Think)

It’s a good time to be a Jimmie Johnson fan right now. In fact, scratch that, it’s a stupendously, unconscionably, ridiculously good time to be a double J devotee. How else can you explain your boy running about a mile behind from the chasing pack like a little scared rabbit and still finishing sixth – …

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The Yellow Stripe: What Might Have Been For Hamlin, What Never Was For Mears& What Will Never Be For Johnson

The last time we raced at Martinsville, it was the sixth race of a then nascent 2009 season. Hope still sprung eternal back then: Four-time champion Jeff Gordon led the points by some 89 markers; Stewart-Haas Racing was still a fledgling operation of which not much was expected, and Mark Martin had just recorded back-to-back …

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