Race Weekend Central

Happy Hour: Scott Wimmer is Worthy of a Better Shot

While Dale Earnhardt Jr. was being interviewed on 60 Minutes, he said that there’s a Dale Earnhardt Jr. or a Jeff Gordon on short tracks around the country. In sports – in the entertainment industry in general – there are thousands of talented people who toil away for the best years of their lives and …

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Did You Notice? Boris Said a Madman for a Reason, Petty’s New Face & Jason Leffler, NNS in Trouble?

*Did You Notice…* That Boris Said was a one man wrecking ball on the road course at Sonoma this past Sunday? Of course you did, because unless you’re a P.J. Jones or Dave Blaney fan, Said probably made contact with your favorite driver during the race’s 113 laps. Said’s brazenly reckless and even violent performance on the track was a sharp departure from the car control and breathtaking footwork that he has demonstrated on NASCAR’s road courses over the years, and a large number of fans took notice.

Beyond the Cockpit: Kenny Wallace on the Fan Car, Big Changes & Using Your Imagination

The NASCAR Nationwide Series has evolved through the years, in every aspect from the series’ vision to the technology and expense needed to be successful. A handful of drivers have been there through many of the changes, and this week we speak with one of them. Frontstretch’s Amy Henderson sat down with Nationwide and Cup series veteran Kenny Wallace, for a candid conversation about his team’s sponsorship efforts to run at Montreal in August, to the effects of manufacturer cutbacks and the series’ evolution on the teams… and then number one item on his grocery list.

Talking NASCAR TV: Action Overload for TNT

Greetings, race fans. This past weekend brought two fairly interesting races at the Milwaukee Mile and one very racy 350-kilometer event at Infineon Raceway. I, for one, thought that the double-file restarts were going to create chaos on Sunday since this was completely uncharted territory for restarts on road courses. However, this actually was somewhat …

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Kenny Wallace & Team Trying to Score 1 for the Good Guys

There has been growing concern over the last decade as more Sprint Cup drivers are entering more Nationwide Series races. Sponsors love to get on the hood of a big star at a reduced rate, and so they flock to those teams like flies to honey and teenage girls to Kasey Kahne. This left many longtime and full time Nationwide teams without sponsorship, and many out of business altogether as the Cup teams have pushed them aside. The trend has turned off many longtime series fans, as well, as they watched their favorite teams and driver fall by the wayside. Now fans have a chance to change that.

Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 NorthernTool.com 250 at Milwaukee

Déjà vu. Last year, Carl Edwards shook off a disastrous run at Kentucky and a weak start to his defense of the 2007 Nationwide title with a breakthrough win at the Milwaukee Mile. That’s exactly what happened on Saturday night, again. Edwards, who stalked the race leaders for much of the event, finally got past …

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Jeremy Clements: The Untold Story of Nationwide’s Standalone Stretch

Rewind back to last season’s Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway. Much like last year, Kyle Busch was the talk of the circuit… would he or would he not declare his intent to run for a Nationwide title?

However, on this Saturday one year ago, much like this past Saturday, Busch was absent at Kentucky Speedway only hours before the green, for he was racing a Truck race in Michigan. And with Kentucky qualifying being broadcast and no Kyle Busch to talk about, all the hype centered around Busch’s No. 18 Toyota instead. Who was behind the wheel with Rowdy gone? And would this guy get the No. 18 Toyota into the field? That guy was Jeremy Clements, and he lived up to the hype. After playing it safe on the first lap, Clements posted the seventh-quickest time on the second lap, wowing the broadcast crew and securing a solid pit selection for the No. 18 team.

Did You Notice? How to Make a Profit in NASCAR Without Racing 2 Laps & Gant’s Record in Peril

Did You Notice? The start-and-park charade hitting a crescendo this weekend? No less than 23 drivers in NASCAR’s top-three divisions pulled it in early, including a record 11 in the financially troubled Camping World Truck Series. But while the topic of field-filling has been hotly debated, for weeks those arguments have centered around a great …

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Side by Side: Is Racism NASCAR’s Responsibility to Investigate?

Today’s Question: NASCAR suspended Nationwide No. 62 team’s crew chief Bryan Berry last Thursday, citing Section 12-1: “Actions detrimental to stock car racing… involved in an altercation with another team”. It was later revealed through various media outlets that Berry allegedly said a racial slur in reference to Marc Davis, the 19-year old driver of the No. 10. Since the announcement, there has been sporadic coverage of the suspension by the major NASCAR networks and no official statement by the sanctioning body.

Is it NASCAR’s responsibility to publish what precise actions resulted in a suspension – specifically when racism is involved? Further, does it help the sport to discuss this explosive topic, or does it just keep an old injury fresh with no hope of healing in the future?

Mirror Driving: Cutting the Cord on Fuel Mileage, Foreign Fan Suicide & Reviewing Road Courses

One of the fans’ biggest complaints after Michigan was that, again, it was a fuel-mileage race. Is there anything NASCAR can do to change the fact that many races come down to how much gas is in the tank?

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