NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Scanner Static: Is There a Crew Chief in the House?

Happy Speedweeks, folks! It’s been a wild one so far and they haven’t even dropped the green on the Gatorade Duels. Manifolds, wheel-well vents, suspensions and revitalization have been the stories of the week; with so much going on, allow me to indulge myself for a bit before we get to your questions. First off, …

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Matt McLaughlin’s 2007 Daytona 500 Driver Handicaps

Jimmie Johnson: Johnson won last year’s Daytona 500, and his 32nd-place result in last year’s Firecracker 400 ended a streak of five finishes of sixth or better in Daytona points races. On the plate tracks lately, the Hendrick cars always seem to be contenders.

Bowles-Eye View: “Wrist”Gate Should Be No Big Controversy for Jimmie Johnson

“Wrist”gate appears to have taken center stage as the hot story of the moment. Ever since word broke of Jimmie Johnson’s fractured left wrist suffered during a leisurely charity tournament on the links, exactly how and why it happened has been studied harder than most college kids are cramming for their final exams this week.

Best of Mirror Driving: Lions, Tigers & Tony Stewart

With the offseason in full swing, Mirror Driving is off this week. Look for a brand new edition to come out next week before the holidays! In its place, we bring you this classic Mirror Driving column from July… a solid reminder of how some problems remain unsolved long after the season fades away.

Bowles-Eye View: Revisiting Bad NASCAR Predictions for 2006

Whether it’s asking me to pick your NASCAR fantasy team for you, to deduce whether Budweiser will still be the primary sponsor for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2012, or to say when Kentucky Speedway will be added to the Nextel Cup schedule (all real questions I’ve gotten in my email inbox this year), you readers can be a pretty crazy bunch sometimes.

Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2006 Ford 400 at Homestead Edition

How can you put the finishing titles on your own fantasy title… or just finish out the year with pride? Read ahead in this week’s Picks ‘N’ Pans to find out the right drivers to choose for Homestead.

Frontstretch Breakdown: 2006 Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix

Kevin Harvick outlasted Jimmie Johnson following a restart with three laps remaining to take his second Cup win of the year at Phoenix in Sunday’s Checker Auto Parts 500. Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon and Carl Edwards rounded out the top five.

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