Race Weekend Central

10 Points to Ponder… After the 2008 Best Buy 400 at Dover

1. Are They Baaack? – Television ratings for NASCAR have seen resurgence this race season after experiencing at least two years of declines. The Memorial Day weekend Coca-Cola 600 tallied a 4% boost over last season’s telecast, and posted the first increase in viewer numbers in three years. But the 4% improvement, though noteworthy, is …

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Tracking the Trucks: 2008 AAA Insurance 200 at Dover

In a Nutshell: Scott Speed took the checkered flag 3.379 seconds ahead of Jack Sprague to win the AAA Insurance 200 Friday night at Dover International Raceway. A two-tire pit stop with just 67 laps remaining helped Speed gain valuable track position and, ultimately, the win. Ron Hornaday Jr., Travis Kvapil and Matt Crafton rounded out …

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Tearing Apart the Trucks: 2008 Truck Series Rookies Start to Improve

Last weekend at Mansfield Motorsports Park, Truck Series rookie of the year contender Donny Lia surprised himself and the world of NASCAR with his last-lap pass on David Starr to score his first career Craftsman Truck Series victory in just his eighth start. When Starr took the white flag for the final half-mile around the …

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Fan’s View: Sitting in NASCAR’s Victory Lane, Who Deserves to Be There?

I suppose the argument could be made that none of the drivers sitting in NASCAR’s victory lane this weekend should have been there. Over in the Truck Series, Donny Lia managed to make a name for himself on the national grid by doing what any modified driver does best; he moved the competition over in …

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David Starr Driver Diary: Back to Full-Time Racing & Ready for a Victory

After several months of sporadic racing for the Truck Series, we are finally at the point of the season where we get to race almost every week. I love it! I hate racing one week and then waiting three weeks. Racing every week suits me just fine. Now, we head to Mansfield – and I …

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Tearing Apart the Trucks: Truck Series Makes a Perfect Training Ground for Young Drivers

Once NASCAR declined to raise the minimum age to race from 18 to 21, a debate popped up on the Frontstretch forums this week about age versus experience. And while there was some disagreement on when it’s appropriate to move into one of NASCAR’s top-three series, the general consensus was that experience makes a difference regardless …

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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 & Kyle Busch Can’t Contend for a Title… In Trucks

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 …

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

1. No Problem, Ron – Sprint Cup Series points 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 …

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