Race Weekend Central

Weekend Lowdown: 2010 Shelby American at Las Vegas

Race No. 3 of the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series schedules brings both series to Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Similar to Auto Club Speedway, Roush Fenway Racing has traditionally run very well at the 1.5 mile tri-oval, visiting victory lane six times. Hendrick Motorsports has won another four times at the track. Chip Ganassi’s team …

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5 Points to Ponder: Nationwide’s 1st Leg

With the Nationwide Series set for a lengthy layoff following the weekend’s race in Las Vegas, the third race of the 2010 season will go a very long way in determining the direction of the season for just about everyone. There’s countless stories to watch for, regardless of how narrowly ESPN insists on framing its …

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The Struggles of a NASCAR Underdog – How Jeremy Clements Perseveres

It’s a rainy Friday, and I’m sprinting through the Nationwide Series garage, jumping inside the same Clements hauler that I had been standing in five months before. Five minutes earlier, I had learned that the No. 0 team, despite being in the top 43 in owner points for 2009, was going to be sent home from the biggest race of the Nationwide Series season.

Mirror Driving: Fontana Follies, NASCAR Sends a Message & Danica’s Nationwide Impact… On TV?

The racing at Fontana was somewhat improved over recent races, with the 1.5-second margin of victory in the Cup race, which was .4 seconds under the average. Is this a sign of a turnaround for the track? And what can it be attributed to?

Talking NASCAR TV: Telecasts OK, But Improvements Can Always Be Made

Hello, race fans and welcome to our weekly look into the race broadcasts that you and I watch each week. It is my 50th critique, the “golden critique,” if you will. This past weekend, the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series teams were in Fontana, Calif. for the Auto Club 500 and Stater Brothers 300 (not …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2010 Stater Brothers 300 at Fontana

When one thinks of Fontana, chances are they’re not thinking of wild finishes. But in what was an uncharacteristically entertaining race for a track that even Marty Reid admitted was conducive to “freight training” (or maybe ESPN actually did their jobs for once), Kyle Busch turned the tables on teammate Joey Logano. After Logano beat …

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Voice of Vito: Green-White-Checkered Continues to Fly in the Face of Tradition

The other day I was looking at some novelty t-shirts online and happened across one that would appeal to the extremist at heart. It read, “When All Else Fails – Vote From The Rooftops,” replete with the image of a rifle topped with a scope and bi-pod. As I watched the green-white-checkered finish of the …

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Happy Hour: What’s Left To Be Said About The Daytona 520

There I sat in my capacity as Official Columnist of NASCAR, after two long delays, which at least enabled me to spend some time with visiting in-laws that have zero interest in racing. Before the first green-white-we’ll-figure-it-out-eventually, my three fantasy drivers that day, Mark Martin, Jeff Burton and Jeff Gordon, were all in the top …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Eric McClure on Returning to Team Rensi, Nationwide Series for 2010

We’re back to Team Rensi Motorsports now. I don’t really know any of the details behind that other than that we’re not Rensi-Hamilton anymore. But everything’s been good. The guys were able to work all winter, which helped us get our stuff ready, get ready to go for the first few weeks.

Dialing It In: How’d the Girls Do? More Than Just Danica at Daytona

With so much attention spent on Danica Patrick and her introduction to stock car racing, it was easy to overlook the fact that a total of six female drivers competed in the various races this Speedweeks in Daytona. So, now that the opening weeks are in the books, let’s look back and see how the …

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