Race Weekend Central

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2010 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 at Michigan Edition

Pssst… pay attention! Don’t make me blow a vuvuzela in your ear. I know you’re still fast asleep, stuck on the couch after that Michigan snoozer. But guess what? Every race pays the same amount of points, no matter how exciting or boring it is. Plenty of teams ran the emotional gambit of happiness and …

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Denny Hamlin Dominates at Michigan to Claim 5th Victory in 10 Races

“All we do is win, baby!” Such were the words Denny Hamlin uttered over the radio of the No. 11 FedEx Toyota as he was coming to take the checkered flag at the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday. Sounding increasingly more like fact rather than t-shirt hyperbole fodder, …

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Dialing It In: Red Bull Racing Moves Forward Despite Setback

Sometimes in sports, the unexpected happens. Three weeks ago, Brian Vickers was hospitalized after a trip to Washington, D.C. for what at the time was a mysterious condition. Forced to sit out that weekend’s race in Dover, speculation ran rampant as to what was keeping him out of the car. Those questions were answered in …

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Fanning the Flames: Of Money, Mears, Danica & Goodyears

The fish were biting, the beer was cold, and the batteries are now recharged. Come to think of it, it’s going to take a charged battery to get through a rather brutal schedule in June. I know it’s hard to follow Richmond, Darlington and Charlotte’s events that fall in May (yeah, I left Dover out… …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: With a Little Help From a Friend – How Casey Mears is Saving Brian Vickers & Himself

Three years ago, Casey Mears was on cloud nine. He was driving for NASCAR’s biggest powerhouse team, Hendrick Motorsports. His stock was on the way up, and Mears capitalized, winning his first career Sprint Cup race with a victory in the Coca-Cola 600, a race where first-time winners are a rarity, and the ones who …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2010 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte

Remind me again why we need the first 90 laps of the All-Star Race? The 50-lap segment followed by two 20-lappers was an exercise in parade laps, while the final 10 was a barnburner. Here’s an idea-why not eliminate the last three cars in each segment? At least they’d have to race for something. Give a bonus to the driver who passes the most cars in each segment, so something. Otherwise, why race those segments at all? Bracket the field and run 10-lap heat races until you have a winner.

What’s Vexing Vito: Super Subs – Casey Mears Has Final Chance to Join Others in Reviving NASCAR Career

ESPN’s David Newton reported Wednesday that Brian Vickers will be out of the No. 83 Red Bull Toyota for at least three months, with Casey Mears resuming driving duties again this weekend in the All-Star Race. Mears’s status beyond Charlotte has yet to be determined, but a strong showing at the site of his lone …

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5 Points to Ponder: Cup Teams Run N’Wide, Kasey’s No. Question & HoF

Despite rumors that the anticipated Nationwide Series CoT test at Daytona would be delayed to allow for more teams to get their cars prepared, NASCAR is pushing forward this Tuesday and Wednesday with a two-day test. It’s kind of hard to argue with that logic. After all, the teams that haven’t built a car yet are those hoping that the superteams can create enough in time for the carless ones to buy them… and that they can actually afford that expenditure come July.

The Cool-Down Lap: 9 Lives Casey Mears Runs Respectably in Brian Vickers’s Absence

“Way to fight there, bud.” These were the first words relayed to Casey Mears by crew chief Ryan Pemberton after the checkered flag flew for Sunday’s Autism Speaks 400 Presented by Hershey’s at Dover International Speedway. Mears, filling-in for the suddenly ill Brian Vickers, had an intense battle indeed in the No. 83 car. As …

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