NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Mirror Driving: I’ll Take Blocking for $200, Alex… & A Yellow Flag on the Last Lap

Should NASCAR stay consistent with NOT throwing the yellow on the final lap if the wreck happens behind the leaders, as they did in the Daytona 500?

Tracking the Trucks: 2007 Chevrolet Silverado HD 250 at Daytona

Jack Sprague took the lead from Travis Kvapil just a few hundred feet from the finish line, taking Johnny Benson with him as both attempted to sneak by the No. 6 Truck. Both passed him easily, with Benson diving low to try to take the win himself, but Sprague held on to win the Chevrolet Silverado HD 250 at Daytona by a mere 0.031 seconds.

Random Thoughts on the Eve of the 2007 Daytona 500

To anyone who missed Friday night’s Craftsman Truck Series race, shame on you. For the last several years, the trucks have put on the best race of Speedweeks, and Friday night’s three-wide finish was outstanding. Yeah, I was pulling for the guy with the Blue Oval in the grille, not the foreign trucks, but that …

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Tearing Apart the Trucks: Sponsorships

The Craftsman Truck Series race at Daytona this year is called the Chevrolet Silverado 250, yet Chevrolet has never visited Daytona’s victory lane in a Truck Series race. Ironically, Daytona is one of just two tracks on the schedule where Chevrolet has yet to earn a victory (Talladega, where Mark Martin’s Ford won the inaugural truck race in 2006, is the other).

Mirror Driving: Does Daytona 500 Qualifying Mean ANYTHING?

The top-five qualifiers for this year’s Daytona 500 had a whopping zero top-10 finishes in 2006. Is the strength of teams like Robert Yates Racing and Chip Ganassi a good sign for the upcoming season, or are these qualifying times simply a flash in the pan?

NASCAR’s Youth Movement

Taking a look at last year’s Nextel Cup Chase for the Championship, you might have noticed an interesting pattern; six of the 10 drivers were no older than age 32. Kyle Busch, in fact, set a record as the youngest driver ever to make a run for the championship, qualifying for the playoffs at the …

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Tearing Apart the Trucks: 2007 NASCAR Truck Series Season Preview

Well race fans, it’s that time again. The offseason is coming to an end very quickly and we are close to going back to racing. But before we do, let’s talk about what to expect from the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series this season. The offseason brought no big changes to the schedule. The season is …

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Mirror Driving: Juan Pablo Montoya Already Best in History? Should the Bobby Jr. Story BE History?

With Juan Pablo Montoya adding a Rolex 24 victory to his resume over the weekend, it’s another prestigious trophy to go along with his years of success in CART and Formula 1. Can Montoya be already considered one of the most successful drivers in history, even if he ends up failing in stock cars?

Best of Toni Heffelfinger: Toyota Teams Really Hitting Their Stride in NASCAR

Editor’s Note: This column originally ran on May 5th, 2006. Toyota is in their fourth season in the Craftsman Truck Series, and it appears they are just hitting their stride. From day one, they have been treated with suspicion by many fans who feared they’d come in with boatloads of money and take over the …

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