NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Dollar General 300 at Charlotte

No twists to this plot. The No. 18 car was the one to beat, it ran on a rail all night long, and Kyle Busch scored what was all but an easy victory on Friday night, leading 137 laps to score his seventh victory of 2009 and end an 11-race winless streak. Though Matt Kenseth …

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For David Gilliland, It’s Make or Break Time As 3-Race Stint With Gibbs Begins

On a cold, wet, dreary afternoon, the last thing you would expect to see was David Gilliland loose. After all, with qualifying already delayed, the threat of cancellation loomed – and with it would go the fourth-year driver’s first chance of making the field in a fourth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Instead, he spent the …

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Mirror Driving: How to Beat Hendrick, Parking Double Duty & Dreamin’ of a Better California

Jimmie Johnson’s win at Auto Club Speedway was the fourth win of his career at the track and moved Johnson into the points lead, with Hendrick-supported cars 1-2-4-5 in the standings. Is this Hendrick’s Chase to lose, or does “independent” Juan Pablo Montoya still have a chance to wreak havoc on their dreams of a 1-2-3 Chase finish?

Running Their Mouth: 2009 Pepsi 500 at Fontana

Each week, we’ll go through media reports, interviews, PR and all of our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Sprint Cup race, capturing the story of how the weekend unfolded. It’s the most original commentary you’ll ever find: the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of the drivers, crew members and car owners themselves. This week, here’s a peek at what they all were thinking following the Pepsi 500 at Auto Club Speedway.

5 Points to Ponder: 2009 Pepsi 500 at Fontana Edition

While most of Sunday’s race was a certified yawning contest, the late laps drama and some of the developing stories going into the Pepsi 500 left plenty for the masses to debate this week – and that is without any Chase discussion. While Mike Lovecchio takes a much-needed day off, five big thoughts creep into …

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Did You Notice? The Power of Motivation, Danica Drama & How to Shoot Yourself in the Foot

Did You Notice? How the simple threat of future job security in NASCAR can motivate drivers sitting in mid-pack? Every year about this time, there can be so many that enter an ugly routine of just going through the motions. They’re not bad enough to have to fight to stay within the Top 35, but …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta Edition

The buzz generated by Sunday’s exciting night race at Atlanta Motor Speedway will likely reverberate through the NASCAR masses for a long time. The Pep Boys Auto 500 saw exciting racing for much of the event and saw someone not driving a non-Hendrick-affiliated car go to victory lane (though many were picking Jimmie Johnson to …

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta

Each week, we’ll go through media reports, interviews, PR and all of our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Sprint Cup race, capturing the story of how the weekend unfolded. It’s the most original commentary you’ll ever find: the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of the drivers, crew members and car owners themselves. This week, here’s a peek at what the drivers were thinking following the Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

5 Points to Ponder: 2009 Pep Boys 500 at Atlanta Edition

Perhaps I’m in the minority on this, but equipment is extremely important in this sport – especially in the lower ranks – and pieces from possibly the Stewart-Haas, Kevin Harvick Inc. or JR Motorsports stables astronomically improves Danica Patrick’s chances of finding victory lane in a stock car in 2010. You see it all the time in ARCA – teams with support from Cup organizations tend to routinely run in the top 10, if not the top five.

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