NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Talking NASCAR TV: Aching Over FOX’s Graphical Gremlins in Atlanta

The first thing I do on Friday afternoons is click on SPEED to check out either Cup Pole Qualifying or practice – whatever is actually on. This past Friday was like the start of any other NASCAR weekend; but the minute I turned on the television, I immediately saw a graphical error scrolling across the screen. Todd Bodine had entered this past weekend’s Kobalt Tools 500 with the No. 35, a R&D team for Germain Racing. Well, the on-screen scroll at the top of the screen showed Bodine’s name up there – but with the wrong number attached (Scott Speed’s No. 82). I’ve mentioned this type of an issue before occuring during Truck Series races, but I’ve never seen it transfer over to Cup. Of course, this mistake was confusing for fans, with the more casual ones having no clue what was right or wrong on TV.

5 Points to Ponder: 2009 Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Edition

I’m not sure if Mark Martin haters even exist, but if they did, not even they would have thought Martin would sit 34th in driver points after four races. The popular pick for the 2009 championship is now in danger of falling out of the Top 35 in owner points after Sunday’s tire failure… but don’t expect that worst-case scenario to happen.

Tracking the Trucks: 2009 American Commercial Lines 200 at Atlanta

Kyle Busch took the checkered flag 0.122 seconds ahead of Kevin Harvick to win the American Commercial Lines 200 Saturday afternoon at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Busch overcame gear problems on a late-race pit stop to rocket to the front and score his fourth win in five starts at Atlanta. Todd Bodine, Mike Skinner and Terry Cook rounded out the top five.

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2009 Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta

It’s no small feat to finish in the top 10 in a NASCAR Sprint Cup race. But to do it less than 24 hours after being rushed to the hospital for a painful kidney stone is even tougher. Yet that’s exactly what Martin Truex Jr. did. Unsure late Saturday if he’d be able to race at all, Truex did pass the stone (an extremely painful process by all counts) and took the green flag. He also battled battery issues during the race but managed a solid 10th-place finish.

Truck Series Update: Rowdy on the Pole at Atlanta, Green to Drop at 2:19 ET

Taking advantage of an early qualifying draw that saw the sun obscured by low cloud cover, Kyle Busch rocketed to the Camping World Truck Series pole this morning in Atlanta, continuing his and the No. 51 team’s momentum from their dominating win at Fontana. Starting alongside Busch was none other than series veteran Rick Crawford, who is making not only his 300th Truck start this weekend, but his 300th with owner Tom Mitchell and the Circle Bar racing team.

Tearing Apart the Trucks: AMS, Matt Crafton & Rick Crawford Celebrate Milestones

After taking an early season weekend off, the Camping World Truck Series returns to action Saturday afternoon at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This weekend marks 50 years of racing at the 1.5-mile oval, and two of the Truck Series drivers will be celebrating milestones of their own.

Mirror Driving: Discussing Michael Waltrip’s Surprise, Kyle Busch’s “Historical” Moment & Driver Responsibility

NASCAR has kept two races on the schedule at Auto Club Speedway despite faltering attendance and fan complaints about the quality of racing, claiming that it needs to have these dates in the California market. But is it really better for the sport to have a presence in certain cities than it is to provide a better product to the larger number of fans who tune in on television each week?

Tracking the Trucks: 2009 San Bernardino County 200 at Fontana

Kyle Busch took the checkered flag 9.023 seconds ahead of Todd Bodine to win the San Bernardino County 200 Saturday afternoon at Auto Club Speedway in California. Busch took the lead for the final time with only seven laps remaining after a late race gas and go pit stop on the way to his first win of the 2009 season. Chad McCumbee, David Starr and TJ Bell rounded out the top five.

David Starr Driver Diary: New Opportunities, Same Excitement

Another racing season is underway, and once again, I am excited about the year ahead. The offseason was a bit difficult, leaving Red Horse Racing after another year together, but in this business, change is inevitable. The way the economy is right now, it’s hard on everyone. We raced nearly two years together without a sponsor, and were very fortunate and grateful to have Zachry come on board at the end of last season. This season, they wanted to continue getting their feet wet as a sponsor in NASCAR, but only wanted to do primary sponsorship for about half of the 2009 season. Unfortunately, my owners and friends Tom DeLoach and Jeff Hammond couldn’t make it work again this year without a full-year commitment.

Tearing Apart the Trucks: Rookies Look to Impress This Season

The 2009 Camping World Truck Series rookie class could be the toughest group in a few years. Four drivers will be competing full time for Raybestos Rookie of the Year honors, and two are scheduled to run a handful of races throughout the season. Chase Austin (No. 32 Chevrolet), James Buescher (No. 10 Ford), Tayler Malsam (No. 81 Toyota) and Johnny Sauter (No. 13 Chevrolet) are expected to compete full-time; Ricky Carmichael (No. 4 Chevrolet) is scheduled to run 14 races and JR Fitzpatrick (No. 7 Chevrolet) is expected to run several races.

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