NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Running Their Mouth: 2009 Ford 400 at Homestead

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 …

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Joey Logano Captures 2009 Rookie of the Year Award Despite Rocky Finish

There were certainly some positives to take out of the 2009 season finale for this year’s rookies and almost rookies. Scott Speed tied his career-best qualifying effort. Marcos Ambrose started the Ford 400 like he was shot out of a cannon, mixing it up with the sport’s best names. Brad Keselowski finally broke into the top 30 with his new team. Finally, Joey Logano secured the 2009 Rookie of the Year title and was one broken part away from a top-10 finish.

Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Wrecks Doom Rookies at Phoenix as Joey Logano Leads the Wounded

Phoenix is regarded by many as one of the most difficult tracks on the circuit, and those people seem to know what they are talking about judging by the performances of the rookies. After struggling in the desert back in the spring, both Joey Logano and Scott Speed did not improve much this past Sunday.

Fanning the Flames: The Crew Chief Carousel & Other Assorted Oddities

I hear all the time that many of the races on the Cup circuit need to be shorter. Well, you get your wish this weekend. The Checker O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 is actually only 312 laps, and on a 1-mile track, that makes for a pretty tidy show. Why is “500” listed in the race’s …

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Did You Notice? Championship Collusion, Poor Media Manners & Salvaging 2009

Did You Notice? That during Jimmie Johnson’s marathon “Fix It” job inside the Cup garage Sunday, it was not just his own team but crew members from one of his main championship rivals helping out? Mechanics from both Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s No. 88 and, yes, Jeff Gordon’s No. 24 were among Hendrick’s King’s Horses and …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 Dickies 500 at Texas

A crash on lap 3, combined with 111 points lost to his closest competition at Texas, didn’t faze any of our voters in this week’s poll. Not only did Jimmie Johnson maintain his first-place position in unanimous fashion, he maintains a rather healthy points lead in our Power Rankings over second place with just two …

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Scott Speed Leads the Way at Texas as Rookies Look Towards 2010

This race was more significant for looking towards the future for the rookies and almost rookies, just as it is for many teams at this point in the season. Scott Speed’s year has been a difficult one, as the rookie tries to build experience for next year while attempting to close in on the Top 35 in owner points for his No. 82.

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 AMP Energy 500 at Talladega

The wild card of the Chase might not have taken Jimmie Johnson out of the points lead, but it certainly mixed up the standings in this week’s Power Rankings. With half our list in shambles after two terrible wrecks decimated the field, our pollsters were left scratching their heads and putting the pieces together the …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 AMP Energy 500 at Talladega Edition

Honestly, I’m more torn than the rest of you about the events during Sunday’s AMP Energy 500. Of course, my view on the issue may be skewed by the fact that I was sitting low in the grandstands, near the entrance to pit road, and could only see a half of a lap or so …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Slight Problems Affect Telecasts; Rules Hurt More

Hello, race fans and welcome to entry No. 40 in an ongoing series where we look at the television coverage that NASCAR gets on a weekly basis. Before we start, I should state that I had a bunch of issues with my DVR this week. Yep, it’s still not perfected. In fact, it’s worse now …

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