NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2010 Budweiser Shootout at Daytona Edition

This year’s Bud Shootout might just be a 75-lap exhibition race, but it did illustrate a number of things to understand for what’s ahead this season in Sprint Cup. One thing is for sure: NASCAR is going to do all they can to let the drivers police themselves out on the track and I couldn’t …

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Danica-Mania Didn’t Do ARCA Any Favors

In case you’ve been living under a rock 5,000 miles away with cotton swabs stuffed in your ears, Danica Patrick finished sixth in her stock car debut. Not her NASCAR debut, as a Yahoo! front page headline proclaimed. And while Yahoo!‘s declaration on their front page was probably just the product of some aloof intern …

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Danica Patrick Quiets Critics, Finishes 6th in Daytona ARCA Race

After months and months of relentless speculation and waiting D-Day finally arrived in Daytona Beach. What was playfully known as “Danica Day” throughout the garage, open-wheel standout Danica Patrick made her long-awaited stock car debut and silenced many of her critics. After spending the first half of the event receiving a crash course in restrictor-plate …

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Mirror Driving: Penny-Pinching Purses, Penske Power, & Pena?

NASCAR announced late last week a 10% cut in race purses, with the money instead going to the racetracks. How does this affect the sport’s outlook, given the sagging economy and increasing cost of competition?

2010 Season Preview: How Will Danica REALLY Do?

Today’s Season Preview Topic: After a year’s worth of “will she or won’t she,” Danica Patrick is coming over to NASCAR after all. How do you think she’ll do in her limited schedule this year, and why?

Like it or Not, the Danica Express is Coming to Save a NASCAR Near You

Well, with Tuesday’s announcement (not broadcast on television, but streamed online at GoDaddy.com) that Danica Patrick will run a limited schedule in the Nationwide Series in 2010, along with the ARCA Racing Series presented by Re/Max and Menards race at Daytona on February 6, the question of whether Danica will try stock cars or not …

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Did You Notice? Championship Overkill, My Biggest Offseason Worry & A Heartfelt Thank You

Did You Notice? That no less than 24 hours after Jimmie Johnson captured his fourth straight Cup championship, he was in front of your television practically everywhere you turned? At 1:30 Monday, while waiting at the airport in Miami, an ESPN friend of mine texted me an “I just met Jimmie Johnson!” message. The first …

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Fanning the Flames: Closing the Inbox on the 2009 Season

So we’ve come to the conclusion of another long season, and our time together in this space is quickly reaching the finish line. Yes, this will be the final Fanning the Flames column of the 2009 season, but if I get enough mail over the offseason I’ll file a couple more here and there. I …

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5 Points to Ponder: 2009 Checker Auto Parts 500 Edition

Has anybody else noticed that Richard Petty Motorsports’ decision to put AJ Allmendinger in a Ford for the remainder of the season has lit a fire under both the team and driver? A 10th-place finish last week at Texas and subsequent 13th this weekend is the best two-race average of the season for the No. 44 team.

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