Race Weekend Central

Full Throttle: NASCAR Has a Chance to Get it Right with the 2011 Nationwide & Truck Schedules

News came out this week that Gateway International Raceway is not going to seek to host its two Nationwide and one Truck Series races next year. NASCAR now has three races on its plate that can be reassigned to other racetracks without increasing the length of the schedule in either series. The possibilities are numerous …

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5 Points to Ponder: Poor Judgment by NASCAR Vets, More Money, Mo Problems & NASCAR Ain’t the NBA

1.) Since cutting down to three NASCAR Sprint Cup cars, all three drivers have run considerably better throughout 2010. Debate causality until the cows come home, the three-car RCR operation is now leading the Cup standings and poised to give JJ a run for his money come fall with Kevin Harvick, Jeff Burton and possibly even Clint Bowyer.

Talking NASCAR TV: Craven, Evernham, Burns Terrific Trio for NASCAR on ESPN

Hello, race fans. It’s that time of the week once again. Critique time for NASCAR’s top-three series. However, before we begin, let’s bring you up to date on some TV news. ARCA announced on Saturday they have signed an extension of their current contract with SPEED. As a result, SPEED will televise a minimum of …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2010 US Cellular 250 at Iowa

Despite not running for a Nationwide Series title in 2010, Kyle Busch had some unfinished business to tend to at Iowa Speedway; after all, he let Brad Keselowski snatch the checkered flag from him at the track’s inaugural NNS race last season. This time, he left no room for error. Leading 209 of the 250 …

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Happy Hour: Some Ad Campaigns NASCAR Could Be Running

Recently I witnessed an ad for the upcoming race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Maybe you’ve seen it. It’s a typical spot run on television by speedways, with drivers feuding, a shot of Jimmie Johnson, etc. But at the end, there was this grabber: “And now you CAN get tickets to Bristol!” Why is a racetrack …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: NASCAR’s Veteran Drivers Have More to Offer & Deserve More Too

In a surprise Silly Season move this week, Marcos Ambrose announced that he will leave JTG Daugherty Racing at the end of the season. While Ambrose hasn’t announced any future plans yet (the rumor mill has him moving to the No. 9 being vacated by Kasey Kahne), JTG Daugherty Racing spared no time in naming …

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Voices From the Heartland: Gateway Melee Overshadows Great Driving by NASCAR Up & Comer

Remember, just a couple of weeks ago, when Carl Edwards shoved Brad Keselowski out of his way to win the Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 at Gateway International Raceway? Remember the carnage and controversy that followed? Remember the heated discussions and name-calling that took place in the “comments” section at the bottom of this very column? …

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Mirror Driving: Triple Crowns, Scheduling Snafus & Censorship Central

Jamie McMurray won his second race of 2010 Sunday, becoming only the third driver to win the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 in the same year. Why does McMurray run so much better for Chip Ganassi? And can he finally make the Chase?

Talking NASCAR TV: Did ESPN Cut the Mustard in Its Cup Debut?

Hello, race fans. It’s been an interesting weekend in the world of racing: anything from a nail-biting win taken away in Edmonton due to a questionable blocking call to a dominant Truck Series victory that simply lulled most of its audience to sleep. When all was said and done, Juan Pablo Montoya had lost at …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2010 Kroger 200 at ORP

Apparently, probation does make a difference. As the laps wound down Saturday night at O’Reilly Raceway Park, Carl Edwards was within striking distance of Kyle Busch, easily in position to pull a bump and run for the lead and the victory. This weekend, however, despite racing with another driver that he’s had history with, Edwards …

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