Race Weekend Central

Tearing Apart the Trucks: Pit-Road Rules Save Money – Are They Worth the Savings?

As the Camping World Truck Series rolls into Memphis Motorsports Park for another weekend of great racing, I find myself looking back at the major rule change for the series this season. Prior to the season opener at Daytona International Speedway, NASCAR announced major pit road rule changes that would affect every team and their …

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Thompson in Turn 5: Believe It, A Generic Race Engine Will Come to NASCAR

The ‘shoe’ continues to fall in what this column has foretold will be the future of NASCAR racing with the news that NASCAR and folks from Detroit have discussed a generic ‘spec’ engine or ‘crate’ engine that would, if reports are believed, be used at least initially in the Nationwide and Camping World Truck series. …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Action Overload for TNT

Greetings, race fans. This past weekend brought two fairly interesting races at the Milwaukee Mile and one very racy 350-kilometer event at Infineon Raceway. I, for one, thought that the double-file restarts were going to create chaos on Sunday since this was completely uncharted territory for restarts on road courses. However, this actually was somewhat …

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Tracking the Trucks: 2009 Copart 200 at Milwaukee

Ron Hornaday Jr. took the checkered flag 1.039 seconds ahead of Dennis Setzer to win the rain delayed Copart 200 Saturday afternoon at the Milwaukee Mile. Hornaday held onto the lead on the final restart with just eight laps remaining to score his 41st career victory. Brian Scott, Todd Bodine and James Buescher rounded out the top five.

Tracking the Trucks: 2009 Michigan 200

Colin Braun took the checkered flag 1.790 seconds ahead of Kyle Busch to win the Michigan 200 Saturday afternoon at Michigan International Speedway. Braun led less than half the laps Busch did, but he led the most important ones on his way to his first career Truck Series win. Brian Ickler, Matt Crafton and Mike Skinner rounded out the top five.

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2009 LifeLock 400 at Michigan

Here’s one thing I just have a hard time understanding. I get that young, good-looking drivers who look good on TV and attract pit lizards like flies to honey have a certain appeal to sponsors. But when did that become more important than winning races and getting airtime during races for doing something notable on the racetrack? What are the sponsors at Red Horse Racing thinking, choosing a driver who is a journeyman at best over a champion in two of NASCAR’s top series? Doesn’t the airtime gained from leading laps and winning races matter to sponsors any more? What happened here?

At-Track News and Notes – 2009 Lifelock 400 at Michigan

Situated in the backyard of the Big Three automakers, MIS has traditionally been one of the marquee events on the NASCAR schedule. This year however, it has taken on a decidedly different tone. Amid the recent bankruptcy filings of Chrysler and General Motors (both of which were against their will), more questions were raised during the course of the day with the performance of the manufacturers in court and corporately, rather than out on the track.

Tearing Apart the Trucks: Johnny Benson Ousted at Red Horse Racing

After a less than thrilling race at Texas Motor Speedway, the Camping World Truck Series made up for it to the tune of some big news. Monday afternoon, I got home from work and read in disbelief that Johnny Benson‘s No. 1 Red Horse Racing team has shut down due to a lack of operating …

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