Race Weekend Central

The Yellow Stripe: The 2009 NASCAR Chase Field Hits Manhattan, Hard Rock Café Style

A few weeks back, one of my colleagues at Frontstretch, Mr. Phil Allaway, wrote an excellent piece on how ESPN put together at-track NASCAR race broadcasts. It was the sort of behind the scenes “Insider” look at the sport that you don’t often get to read and if you haven’t checked it out you really …

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The Yellow Stripe: Kevin Harvick, RCR Headed for Happier Future After Great Weekend

The difference between champagne-soaked success and bitter, incongruous crumpled sheetmetal defeat in NASCAR is razor thin. And it’s a fact the good folks at Richard Childress Racing know all too well this season. After two years of placing all three cars in the elite Chase field, the addition of Casey Mears in a fourth car …

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The Yellow Stripe: Has This NASCAR Season Really Been All That Bad?

They say absence makes the heart grow fonder, and in the case of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series that’s certainly how I felt this past Sunday (Aug. 30), as for the fourth and final time this season, NASCAR’s top echelon took a well-deserved weekend off from the relentless slog that is the Cup schedule. With …

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The Yellow Stripe: Emotional Win for Denny Hamlin Overshadows Clouds of NASCAR’s Perfect Storm

There are some days that are just meant to be. Those oh-so-rare days when you are the best, you know you’re the best, and more importantly, so does everyone else. The sort of days when everything falls into place, right at the exact time you need it. Monday was just such a day for Denny …

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The Yellow Stripe: The Remarkable Rise of Michael Waltrip Racing

With the honorable exception of David Reutimann, the driver formerly known as the Franchise, it was another very positive weekend for Michael Waltrip Racing at Infineon Raceway this past Sunday; yet more evidence to support the remarkable rise from the ashes of the jet-fuel “first race” debacle at Daytona in 2007. Taking top billing was …

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The Yellow Stripe: Crucial Weeks Approach for Chase Hopeful Juan Pablo Montoya

Lost in the pack behind the failed fuel gambles of Jimmie Johnson and Greg Biffle and a series-equaling best third win for NASCAR’s very own Peter Pan, Mark Martin, was the sixth-place finish for the No. 42 car of Juan Pablo Montoya this week at Michigan. But for a man who’d never been better than …

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