NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Tracking the Trucks: 2007 New Hampshire 200 at Loudon

Ron Hornaday Jr. became the first repeat winner Saturday when he took the checkered flag over Erik Darnell, who charged past Mike Skinner and Todd Bodine in the final 30 laps. The New Hampshire 200 had just four cautions, allowing Hornaday, Jr. to open up a lead that, at times, was more than six seconds. He finished 4.211 seconds ahead of Darnell. Mike Bliss rounded out the top five.

Who Wins The Chase In ’07? Your Favorite Frontstretch Writers Tell All

Come Sunday, it’s playoff time in the world of NASCAR… and what would playoffs be without predictions? All of us here at Frontstretch got together this week, stared into the crystal ball, and each came up with our own special theory as to how this year’s Chase for the Championship is going to play out. Each writer has picked the finishing order of first through 12th, their “Darkhorse” championship pick, and the best driver not in the Chase who’s threatening to spoil the party altogether – diverting the most attention away from the battle for this year’s title.

Rick Crawford Driver Diary: Drag Racing, Sweet Trucks & Toyota’s Secret

I’ve gotten to be pretty good friends with John Force and his team. We’re all part of the Ford camp. They race Ford Mustangs in the NHRA Funny Car ranks while we race Ford F-150s, the F-series pickups, in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. We had an event where we were trying out some new 2008 vehicles in Dearborn at the Ford test facility and I was able to give Ashley Force a ride in a new Edge on the road course. I think she enjoyed it, especially letting a round track guy do the driving. John told her before we went out, “Honey, you’ve got to let these round track guys give you a ride on this road course because they like turning left and right.” John was pretty animated about that and it was a lot of fun and I think they really enjoyed it.

Holding a Pretty Wheel: It’s Better To Be Marketable Than Good

It’s a rather disturbing trend that has veteran drivers being shoved aside for youngsters who have yet to prove they have the talent to belong at NASCAR’s upper echelon. They certainly don’t have the experience. Even if they have raced from the time they were five years old, the upper levels of NASCAR are not the place to learn the sport. But the sponsors don’t seem to care.

That’s History Profile: Fireball Roberts

Fireball Roberts was one of the greatest drivers in NASCAR history to never win a championship. And while the biggest prize managed to elude him; Roberts, the 1957 Most Popular Driver, still managed to etch his name in the NASCAR record books. In 1958, he became the first driver to win two 500-mile races in the same season, winning at Trenton, N.J. and the Southern 500 at Darlington. Three times he earned victories in two of NASCAR’S most prestigious races; the 1958 and 1963 Southern 500s and the 1962 Daytona 500. Perhaps his lasting legacy came in one of the sport’s darkest moments, his death in the World 600 in 1964; which was the catalyst for the development and implementation of fuel cells, driver safety products, and fire retardant uniforms.

Handicapping the 2007 Chase: Part II

This Sunday, just 12 men will take the green flag at New Hampshire with their dream of a 2007 Cup title intact. It’s been a remarkable season for them to get this far, as both consistency and talent have put them in position to achieve the ultimate goal. But of course, from the 12 only one can emerge to watch their dream turn into reality. Who will that person be? We’ll try and figure that out over the next two days, handicapping the Chase field to dissect what drivers stand a chance at the trophy, and which ones are better off walking away.

Voice of Vito: Dale Earnhardt Jr. & Martin Truex Jr. – How to Handle The Chase for the Championship

The 2007 Chase for the Nextel Cup is finally upon us. With the “drama” that surrounded last week’s Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond a thing of the past, most fans have now begun to speculate how the twelve title contenders are shaping up to make their run at the title. There is, however, another budding story in the garage as the dust begins to settle. While Dale Earnhardt Jr. missed making the big show for the second time in three years, his teammate, two-time Busch Grand National champion Martin Truex Jr. has made it instead, getting over the hump in just his sophomore season behind the wheel of a Cup car.

Thompson in Turn 5: Give Credit to Sprint/Nextel in AT&T Sponsorship Resolution

With a compromise agreement being reached last week that effectively puts to rest the ongoing legal battle between NASCAR, AT&T, and Cup Series sponsor Sprint/Nextel, it appears that reasonableness has indeed won out. The topic, though generally considered a “sideshow” to the competition that attracts millions of fans to the sport, was nonetheless of significant importance to all parties concerned. It’s an issue that certainly needed to come to a quick resolution; but make no mistake about it, chalk this one up as a win for AT&T, NASCAR and Richard Childress Racing.

Handicapping the 2007 Chase: Part I

This Sunday, just 12 men will take the green flag at New Hampshire with their dream of a 2007 Cup title intact. It’s been a remarkable season for them to get this far, as both consistency and talent have put them in position to achieve the ultimate goal. But of course, from the 12 only one can emerge to watch their dream turn into reality. Who will that person be? We’ll try and figure that out over the next two days, handicapping the Chase field to dissect what drivers stand a chance at the trophy, and which ones are better off walking away.

Full Throttle: Open-Wheel Drivers Becoming the Choice Du Jour Of NASCAR Owners… at the Expense of Everyone Else

On a lazy Sunday afternoon at Chicagoland, one of the most dramatic championships in open wheel history had just reached an eye-popping conclusion, with the third turn of the last lap finally settling a battle that brought excitement to an all-time high. But the 2007 IRL trophy hadn’t even been dusted off for its rightful owner, Dario Franchitti, when he was asked the question most racing aficionados already had the answer to: Would he be moving to NASCAR? The Scotsman was noncommittal in his response, but just the hesitation in his voice revealed the answer he’s not yet able to say out loud: all indications are the open wheel racer is on his way to the world of stock cars. According to published reports, a five-year offer from Chip Ganassi Racing has been put on the table, and sponsorship is in place for Franchitti to make the jump from IndyCar to a series with just a little different type of chassis.

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