NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Mirror Driving: Junior a Car Owner? Kyle a Truck Wrecker? & How to Change the All-Star Race

The Sprint All-Star Race lacked the excitement of previous years. Why was that, and what can be done to revitalize the race in the future?

Did You Notice? The CoT Doesn’t Equal Parity, Busch Can’t Contend For a Title… In Trucks, & More

Did You Notice? That the gap between the “Big Four” in Cup Racing and the rest of the pack is getting wider than ever before? We say this stuff all the time, but I did a little research in the “off week” to take a look at the stats for the 2008 Cup season to date. What I found intrigued me: the multi-car teams of Richard Childress Racing, Roush Fenway Racing, Hendrick Motorsports, and Joe Gibbs Racing – teams that have combined for 15 of the last 16 Cup championships – continue to dominate the landscape in ways we’ve never seen, even with the Car of Tomorrow.

10 Points to Ponder… After the 2008 All-Star Challenge at Charlotte

1. No Problem, Ron – Sprint Cup Series point leader Kyle Busch ended his six weekend streak of winning a race – somewhere and in some type of car or truck. The Las Vegas native won the pole positions at Lowe’s Motor Speedway for both the Craftsman Truck Series North Carolina Education Lottery 200 and the Sprint Cup All-Star Race, but did not visit Victory Lane in either contest. In the All-Star Race, Busch appeared to be the driver to beat as he dominated the early going, but encountered engine problems before the end of segment two, relegating him to the 24th and final position in the running order. Busch also dominated the CTS event, leading 86 of the first 105 laps on the night; however, with just 29 laps remaining in the contest, reigning series champ Ron Hornaday and Busch made contact, requiring NASCAR’s hottest driver to pit twice for repairs and dash his hopes for a victory. Said Hornaday, a three-time CTS champion; “I got loose and got into him. He got the short end of the stick.”

Tracking the Trucks: 2008 North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte

In a Nutshell: Matt Crafton took the checkered flag 0.184 seconds ahead of Chad McCumbee to win the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 Friday night at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Crafton survived a green-white-checkered finish to score his first career victory after a flurry of late cautions changed the complexion of the race. Brendan Gaughan, Erik Darnell, and Rick Crawford rounded out the top five finishers.

Last In & 1st Out: The Joy & Sadness of NASCAR Qualifying for the Underdogs

The sport of racing holds a lot of compelling stories about different people. Some have had great success, some have had great failure, some are trying to get a break and some are just doing whatever it takes to get by. The truck race Friday evening encapsulated the desire, success and failure of a couple of drivers who are just looking for the chance to make a living driving racecars. Nick Tucker was the last truck sent home when qualifying completed, and Brian Sockwell was the last truck in the field on speed.

Tearing Apart the Trucks: 3 Ways to Improve the Series

After taking yet another two weekends off, the Craftsman Truck Series returns to action at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Over the last few seasons, I’ve learned just how much I love the Truck Series; given the choice, I would watch a Truck Series race before I would watch a Sprint Cup or Nationwide one, hands down. A couple months ago, in fact I gave you four reasons to watch the Truck Series. But I understand that just like some people, no series is perfect. This week, I’ll turn the tables and take a look at things I’d like to see in the coming weeks, as well as over the next few years in the series.

Mirror Driving: Judging The Lady In Black, Throwing Your Crew Under The Bus, And Yaw. Yes, Yaw

Darlington’s new paving job produced speeds never touched before at the track, and tires held up longer than ever. Darlington stripes came back into fashion, too. Was this the best race at the track held in years, and what does it mean for the future of NASCAR’s original superspeedway?

Rick Crawford Driver Diary: Everyone is Welcome at Circle Bar Racing

We had a good points day at Kansas for the Ford Powerstroke Diesel by International No. 14 truck and got a top-10 finish in ninth. We tried something new. Our team tested in Pocono with Tony Raines driving and tried something new there. It’s just a point where Kevin Starland and the guys on the Circle Bar race team are getting this new package together and it will start showing dividends here pretty quick. We’ve never raced at Pocono before, but it’s a pretty good testing facility. The straightaways and the corners and all that let you try a lot of different elements out of a race.

10 Points to Ponder… After the 2008 Crown Royal 400 at Richmond

1. Maybe Some Trash Talkin’? – The National Football League’s record-setting but controversial wide receiver Randy Moss of the New England Patriots has announced that he is forming a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team. Moss expects his Moss Motorsports operation to enter selected races later this season, then compete in the full schedule of CTS events in 2009.

Tracking the Trucks: 2008 O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas

Ron Hornaday Jr. took the checkered flag ahead of Jack Sprague to win the O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway Saturday evening. The defending series winner led the final 55 laps in a caution-filled race, holding off his teammate during the final restart with two laps to go. Colin Braun, Johnny Benson, and Mike Skinner rounded out the top five finishers.

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