NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Best of Holding a Pretty Wheel: Sunscreen, Bowling for Junior & the Porta-Potty Story

This week, I’m going to take a second to write about what is right about racing; the people who, on all levels, make the sport what it is today. Some of the best stories you may never have heard of come out of not just the drivers, not just the owners, but even from you… the fans.

Fanning the Flames: Robby Gordon’s Problem, Joe Gibbs’s Reality & Why Kurt Busch Is Craving… Miller Lite?

Q: NASCAR screwed Robby Gordon again. I think he did the right thing by staying out and getting his money’s worth of a penalty. I’m not going to argue the rights or wrongs of the penalties themselves, as I’m sure you all will take care of that in Mirror Driving. My question is, what is keeping the drivers from forming a union that can file grievances when incidents like this occur, a group that can look out for the drivers’ best interests (insurance, salary, etc.)?

Matt McLaughlin’s Driver Handicaps: 2007 Watkins Glen Race Edition

Jeff Gordon – Gordon is one of the better NASCAR road racers. While he has four wins at the Glen, oddly enough he hasn’t had a top-10 finish here in five races – he’s finished outside the top 20 in three of those events. But don’t be fooled; Gordon also has five wins at Sonoma, and could easily break out of his road-race slump here.

Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2007 Centurion Boats at the Glen Edition

While Kurt Busch put on a clinic last weekend at Pocono, the rest of the Chase hopefuls put in good finishes to accentuate the point of why they are the best of the best. With all 14 main Chase contenders finishing in the top 17, it wasn’t hard to put up a good fantasy number last weekend. But this week’s Centurion Boats at the Glen will likely be a different story. Road course racing isn’t for everyone, with a few key drivers normally stealing the show. However, crazy things can happen when you’re going left and right on the Nextel Cup circuit, and sometimes an unexpected hero can emerge. So, which drivers have we selected to make you look like a Fantasy King or Queen this week? Read this week’s Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans to find out.

Bowles-Eye View: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Refuses to Stop Doing His Job

Since Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s decision to leave his job at DEI – the only Cup organization he’s ever known – the knowledge Junior would be moving on has only become more pronounced since June, when his acceptance of a job with Hendrick Motorsports for 2008 became public. Suddenly, his sole safety net throughout eight seasons of racing was coming to a close; as each day has come and gone since, the reality of a brighter tomorrow loomed ever closer.

10 Points to Ponder… After the 2007 Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono

1. Robby Robbed? – I’m going to take the minority position here, but I believe NASCAR initially made the right call placing Robby Gordon in 13th for the restart in Saturday’s Busch race. The issue according to NASCAR was not where Gordon was when the caution came out, but the fact that he failed to “maintain a cautious pace” under the yellow. However, NASCAR did compound the confusion by initially telling Gordon to line up in first… then in second… then in 13th. The officiating crew also messed up by restarting the race with Gordon still in second, knowing full well that he would wreck Marcos Ambrose after the restart – which, of course, he did. For his part, Gordon said that the reason he didn’t move back was that he was going to appeal the finish and “wanted to make sure that the race played out the way it should.”

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