Race Weekend Central

5 Points to Ponder: 2009 Brickyard 400 Edition

On the weekend of one of Sprint Cup’s biggest races, the sport’s other national series’ were at Indianapolis’s other track – the .686-mile short track, O’Reilly Raceway Park. But while the Brickyard 400 is one of NASCAR’s crown jewels, strangely enough I found myself more excited for the other two “companion” races in town. Call me crazy, but we all knew the single-file parade that would take place on Sunday. You know what else I knew? That the races at ORP would be some of the most exciting short-track races we’ve seen this season… regardless of series.

Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Kroger 200 at IRP

After Saturday night’s race, even I am willing to put aside the fact that yet again the Nationwide Series ended a race with a 1-2 dose of Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch (though this time, Edwards came out on top). Why? Without a doubt, the Kroger 200 was the most exciting race of the 2009 …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Nationwide Shines, But SPEED Fails to Recognize Start & Park Presence

Hello, race fans. I hope you enjoyed your weekend. I certainly did. I had fun, not just critiquing races but relaxing, sleeping in and hanging out with a group of employees at the local YMCA. Going into this weekend, I had planned on only covering the Truck and Nationwide series races. However, I had not …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 at Gateway

On a rare weekend where the Nationwide Series was the only show in town, Cup regulars were nonetheless the story all night long… though a different face did most of the dominating. With announcements swirling that he would be doing more Nationwide driving in his own No. 33 car next season, Kevin Harvick led over …

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Kevin Harvick’s Gamble Pays Off for Kyle Busch in 2009 Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 at Gateway

There are a few things that one can usually count on when the Nationwide Series comes to Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis; hot weather, a Wallace or two (or three) will be racing and a long green-flag run sometime during the race. Last Saturday night’s presentation of the Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 at GIR …

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Fanning the Flames: NASCAR’s “Terminology Guidelines” & The Return of Silly Season

Q: Kevin Harvick or Brad Keselowski? Or maybe even Danica Patrick? It must be nice to be Stewart and Rick Hendrick. This wasn’t thought to be much of a free-agent year, but it looks like SHR has some attractive options. I’d have to go with Harvick. The fit is a perfect one. Thoughts?

Mirror Driving: Double-File Disaster?, Ford’s Floundering Season & Gibbs Dominance… In Nationwide

After several late incidents at Chicagoland Speedway, several drivers blamed the double-file restarts for the problem. Was it the rule or the drivers themselves at the root of the problems on Saturday night?

Talking NASCAR TV: Lack of On-Track Action Hurts All Broadcasts at Chicagoland

Hello, race fans. Chicagoland Speedway brought us some more rain on Friday, but thankfully, it did not cancel any sessions. Instead, the racing Friday and Saturday night suffered from a different problem: it was rather spread out and kind of boring. In fact, there hadn’t been so much as a spinout all weekend until 55 …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Dollar General 300 at Chicagoland

It’s amazing what a driver can do when Goodyear brings rock-hard tires to the track. In a scenario reminiscent of that seen at the Cup race in Charlotte last October, where Jeff Burton managed to hold off a hard-charging Jimmie Johnson despite having nearly 40-lap older tires, Joey Logano and Jason Leffler stayed out under …

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Kenny Wallace Driver Diary: Bad Luck, Better Days & The Bahamas

Milwaukee was just incredibly disappointing. We had such a great racecar. We never qualify very well because we don’t put any effort into it. We’re locked in, sitting 19th in owner points, so we don’t put any effort into qualifying. It costs a lot of money to qualify because you have to put on new …

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