NASCAR Race Weekend Central

No Bull: Bad Calls Can Quickly Cost You Credibility

While NASCAR raced at open-wheel’s hallowed ground on Sunday, IndyCar stole the spotlight hours after the checkered flag flew at Indianapolis. As Helio Castroneves led the field to the green flag and a restart on lap 92 of the 95-lap Honda Edmonton Indy, he stayed to the inside portion of the frontstretch as the field …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Controversy Never Keeps ESPN From Jumping Ship

Hello, race fans. It’s that time of the week again, the one where I go through race broadcasts with a fine-toothed comb. The Sprint Cup Series took this past weekend off. However, as you’re probably aware of by now, the events of this past Saturday night will probably play a role in Sunday’s Brickyard 400. …

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Fact or Fiction: Why Hendrick is More Dominant Than LeBron’s New Home

The dream of aspiring racers all over the country is to one day win at the sport’s highest level, which for many is the pinnacle of stock car racing – the Sprint Cup Series. One year ago, David Reutimann finally realized that dream with a victory at one of the series’ crown jewel events, the Coca-Cola 600, but the win came with an asterisk of sorts. Sure, it would be documented for history in the NASCAR record books, but by capturing the longest race on the schedule in a rain-shortened 227 laps, fans and perhaps even Reutimann himself discounted it as simply good fortune.

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2010 Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at Loudon

Juan Pablo Montoya slipped a bit from his top starting spot as the race wore on, but he was headed toward a top 10-15 finish when he took exception to being held up by the lapped car of Reed Sorenson while Montoya was racing for position on the lead lap.

Danica Can’t Save the Nationwide Series, No Matter How Much NASCAR Wants It

She’s back. The biggest name in IndyCar racing, the anointed savior of the Nationwide Series, Ms. Danica Patrick will make her fourth start in NASCAR’s AAA division this coming weekend, with no need to worry about qualifying (a big pat on the back for Scott Wimmer, Josh Wise, Landon Cassill, Steve Arpin and all those …

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Did You Notice? As the Kenseth Crumbles, Lajoie on Drugs & Bruton the Bully?

Did You Notice? With Todd Parrott’s reassignment Tuesday, Matt Kenseth is now on his fifth crew chief in less than three years? Let’s review: Robbie Reiser (1999-2007): Reassigned to the Roush GM post after November, 2007. Together, Kenseth and Reiser earned 16 wins, 79 top-fives, 141 top-10s and the 2003 Winston Cup. Chip Bolin (2008): …

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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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Frontstretch Breakdown: 2010 Indy 500

Great Scot! Really. While most of the attention after qualifying fell to Tony Kanaan and his Andretti Autosport teammates having a rough month of May, drivers like Paul Tracy who didn’t make the field, or Helio Castroneves and his quest for a fourth victory, Dario Franchitti garnered very little attention. That’s OK. He let his right foot do his talking instead, going out and dominating the race. He led 155 of 200 laps, scoring his second Indy 500 victory and fourth overall for owner Chip Ganassi.

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