Race Weekend Central

Matt McLaughlin’s Driver Handicaps: 2007 Firecracker 400 at Daytona

Jeff Gordon – Gordon’s Daytona record speaks for itself; he’s won a total of six points races there, most recently the 2005 Daytona 500. With the Hendrick teams on a roll at the plate tracks, that should make Gordon an automatic contender, right? Not quite; it has to be pointed out that Gordon has finished …

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2007 Pepsi 400 at Daytona Edition

The Nextel Cup circuit heads to Daytona this week for NASCAR’s traditional Independence Day extravaganza. Held on the 2.5-mile tri-oval to mark the end of the season’s first half, the 400-miler gives us a chance to take stock and look back on what’s been a wild and wacky beginning to ’07. Even though the race …

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Matt McLaughlin’s Driver Handicaps: 2007 New Hampshire Summer Race

Jeff Gordon – Gordon has three wins at Loudon, but none since 1998. In fact, his third-place finish at NHIS last fall put to bed a streak of three straight finishes outside of the top 10. But overall, Gordon has 13 top 10s in 24 career starts at this track – and do you want …

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2007 Lenox Industrial Tools 300 at Loudon

The Nextel Cup Series heads to the Northeast this weekend to the cozy confines of New Hampshire International Speedway, the 1.058-mile flat track in Loudon, N.H. The eighth Car of Tomorrow race of the season, this weekend up north is likely to send the usual CoT cast of characters near the front of the pack. …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Nextel Cup: 2007 Auto Club 500 at Fontana Edition

As the Cup Series put the Auto Club 500 in the books in Fontana, a state known for wildfires fueled the flames of several of Cup’s hottest drivers.

Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2007 Auto Club 500 at Fontana Edition

While Sunday’s race provided a wild, exciting finish, the Daytona 500 wasn’t too kind to many people playing fantasy racing. With pre-race favorites like Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch all finishing 30th or worse, you clearly weren’t alone if you found your team struggling to earn points in week 1. …

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Who Wins, Who Gets Fired & Who’s the Best Rookie? Frontstretch 2007 NASCAR Staff Predictions

Now that another new NASCAR season is officially upon us, the time is here for our Frontstretch staff to look like geniuses… or, more likely, make fools of ourselves with our season picks for who takes this year’s title. Read on to find out who your favorite expert picked to not only win the Nextel Cup …

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Scanner Static: Is There a Crew Chief in the House at Daytona?

Happy Daytona Speedweeks, folks! It’s been a wild one so far and they haven’t even dropped the green on the Gatorade Duels. Manifolds, wheel-well vents, suspensions and revitalization have been the stories of the week; with so much going on, allow me to indulge myself for a bit before we get to your questions. First …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Nextel Cup: Pre-2007 Daytona 500 Edition

This week at Daytona kicks off a brand new season for the Nextel Cup Series. For all the drivers and teams, points reset at zero and the slate is wiped clean, as 51 teams battle for the championship trophy that will be handed out in nine months. But just because everyone’s points are the same …

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Scanner Static: NASCAR Fans, Let’s Talk

Well, I guess introductions are in order. My name is Matt Taliaferro, and I’ll be one of your guides through a predictably unpredictable NASCAR Nextel Cup season here on Frontstretch. I’m a “newbie” around here, a term the rest of the Frontstretch staff seems to love, as they’ve taken great joy in throwing the word …

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