Race Weekend Central

Bubble Breakdown: Battered John Andretti Somehow Comes Out Swinging in Bubble Battle

NASCAR returned to its short-track roots last Sunday with the running of the TUMS Fast Relief 500 in Martinsville, Va. The return to the sport’s oldest speedway was good news for some veteran drivers like Bobby Labonte, who posted a top-20 finish in this latest go-round at the paperclip. But it was bad news for …

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TRG Trying Hard to Take the Next Step

Back in February, few observers thought the unsponsored, single-car team of TRG Motorsports would make it through an entire season – least of all owner Kevin Buckler. But eight months later, only the newly-minted No. 33 of Richard Childress Racing has had a better first year than Buckler’s No. 71 Chevy, who sits 37th in …

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Bowles-Eye View: 5 Things to Look for in the Final 5 Races of 2009

As an editor, you’ve got to have all sorts of column ideas in your back pocket in case someone calls out sick. And sure enough, Danny Peters (who usually fills this space on Tuesdays) got a little case of the flu before he could scribble down his thoughts by deadline. So that leaves me with …

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Fantasy Insider: Honing In Your Roster at NASCAR’s Hometown Track

As hard as NASCAR may try to make a home in Fontana, Calif., stock car racing always has and always will be right at home in Concord, N.C., as the Sprint Cup Series returns to Lowe’s Motor Speedway for the third time this season. The third consecutive intermediate race in the Chase, the 1.5-miler still …

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The No. 08 team: More to Overcoming the Odds Than You Might Think

Take a quick stroll through the Sprint Cup Series garage and you’ll see lines of haulers and the full garage stalls of NASCAR’s biggest teams. As you cross through the gates of what should be the exit of the garage area, you see several groups of men huddled around less-colorful racecars, turning wrenches either out …

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 Price Chopper 400 at Kansas

Each week, we’ll go through media reports, interviews, PR and all of our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Sprint Cup race, capturing the story of how the weekend unfolded. It’s the most original commentary you’ll ever find: the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of the drivers, crew members and car owners themselves. This week, here’s a peek at what they all were thinking following the Price Chopper 400 presented by Kraft Foods at Kansas Speedway.

Bubble Breakdown: Clock Ticking for Team Red Bull While The Monster Mangles Several Others

As the NASCAR season begins winding down, time is running out for Scott Speed‘s Team Red Bull No. 82 team, the only real threat to John Andretti‘s No. 34, to catch and pass them and get a guaranteed spot for the first five races in 2010. Not only is time now working against Speed and …

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Bubble Breakdown: Andretti, Labonte’s Solid Showing Leaves Speed Searching For Answers

Well if you were to ask John Andretti, he’d tell you that New Hampshire is just beautiful this time of year; but ask Scott Speed, and you may get a totally different answer. While driving to a solid 26th-place finish, Andretti and the No. 34 team extended their lead over Speed and the No. 82 …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2009 Sylvania 300 at Loudon

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? My shoutout for this week goes to TRG Motorsports. They came into the weekend lacking the necessary funding to actually compete on Sunday. However, after Bobby Labonte qualified the No. 71 in a season-best eighth spot, the team convinced a series of small companies (Commonwealth Foreign Exchange, Velocity …

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Fantasy Insider: Lighting the Way to Your Own Chase Success at Loudon

And so beginneth the creation that Brian calls the Chase. For 12 select drivers, Sunday’s green flag will mark the start of a 10-race pursuit of a dream; but for 31 others, it’s a chance to end 2009 on a high note. So as the title contenders continue to stroke the points in their made-for-TV …

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