NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Holding a Pretty Wheel: Need a Date? Sorry, Kentucky, NHMS Isn’t Your Type!

The NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit swings north this week for the first of two visits to New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The quirky little 1-mile oval, dubbed the “Magic Mile” years back, is a bit of a shock to those driving up Route 106 and caught unaware. Coming from the north, as I do, you pass …

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Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: The Intimidator vs. The Irritator

Something remarkable happened Saturday night in Milwaukee. The Nationwide Series race featured a lot of side by side racing not only for the lead, but for positions in the top five and top 10 and throughout the field. With the majority of the Cup regulars, save Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch, a half continent away, …

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Petty & Earnhardt (Possibly) to Toyota? The Times They Are-a-Changin’

Rumors are just rumors and this time of year sees the mill turn the most. Two weeks ago, Richard Petty Motorsports announced a partnership with Braun Racing to field entries in five Nationwide Series races with drivers Elliott Sadler and Kasey Kahne. The Braun team runs Toyotas, so, despite the press release not mentioning the …

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Full Throttle: 50 Years at Charlotte Wasn’t Just for Fans & Drivers

50 years of racing at Charlotte is something special for two men. Earl Springs and David Suddreth have both been working at Charlotte Motor Speedway for all 50 years of its existence. Springs has sold programs and Suddreth has been a security guard for all of the races that have taken place at the speedway …

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Happy Hour: Carl Edwards Wasn’t Quite Right

Sprint Cup Series Director John Darby announced this week that there won’t be any changes in the plate racing, espousing the excitement of Daytona and Talladega just days after two drivers had near-death experiences. Too many writers agree. Quite a few have said that Talladega was a great race and NASCAR shouldn’t do a thing …

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Voice of Vito: Talladega Flights – Massive Crash Highlights Superspeedway’s Continued Conflicts

As you may have noticed, much of the action that many have become accustomed to in NASCAR has been absent over the last few weeks. Matt Kenseth winning back-to-back races was nice, and it surely did many good to see Mark Martin back in victory lane. For the most part, however, this has been a lackluster season, with little to rally around or get up in arms about. Enter Talladega.

Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2009 Phoenix Spring Race Recap

Mark Martin was able to quickly dispatch Ryan Newman on the race’s final restart, and Tony Stewart never generated the steam to catch him. Martin’s victory is a feel good story, but it doesn’t hide the fact Phoenix wasn’t much of a race.

Bowles-Eye View: Beating & Banging At Its Best – NASCAR’s 5 Greatest Bristol Finishes

I hear you, guys… I hear you loud and clear. No matter what problems we face in the sport these days, the ½-mile track in Thunder Valley is still looked at as one where lightning strikes twice on the Sprint Cup circuit each year. While a repave has changed the type of racing we’ve seen over the past few seasons, Bristol still provides at least a threat of the type of action that’s attracted millions to sit down and get addicted to cars driving “round in circles.” It’s classic, old-school NASCAR at its best, where side-by-side racing comes with donuts plastered on the side of the car, and slowpokes learn their lesson in the form of a slam on their rear bumper – one that may or may not turn them into the inside wall. The close competition is usually reflected in the attendance at this racetrack, with each date earning a sellout every year since 1983.

Happy Hour: 8 Years Ago in Atlanta

To say that Dale Earnhardt’s untimely death struck the motorsports world like a sledgehammer blow to the head would be an understatement. NASCAR Nation was badly shaken in the wake of the Intimidator’s passing. Despite Dale’s departure from this Earth in a way that one could have seen happening – the proverbial “he died doing what he loved” – it still put us all into a state of incredulous shock. It seemed so wrong. Earnhardt was happier than he had ever been, looking forward to another season of racing. He was supposed to retire comfortably, run his new team until reaching a ripe old age, and see his son follow in his footsteps. It wasn’t supposed to be over so suddenly before his 50th birthday.

Full Throttle: It Ain’t Braggin’ If You Can Back It Up

Kyle Busch is not the most popular driver in the sport. There are people who would say he’s not the most popular driver in his family. But, whether you like him or dislike him as a person, one thing is undeniable: Kyle Busch is one of the best raw talents to come along in this sport in years. He set the record last year for the most combined wins in the top-three touring series in the sport, and this year became the first driver to win two touring series races on the same day. He also holds the record as the youngest driver to ever win a NASCAR Cup race. All of those firsts and records could make a person cocky, but in Busch’s case, he can back it up.

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