Race Weekend Central

MPM2Nite: Odds & Ends for the Off Weekend

I’ve got to admit, finding out this was an off-weekend for the Cup Series caught me by surprise. Traditionally this had been the second Pocono race weekend, but I guess it makes sense to separate the two Pocono dates by more than a month. Fans need a couple more paychecks to help pay for seats. …

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What’s Vexing Vito: How Bout This Heat?! Summer Struggles Bring Frustrations to a Boil

I’m not sure if it is the heat of the summer or perhaps just the strain of the summer stretch taking its toll, but there seems to be a little bit of frustration boiling over in NASCAR lately. Take for instance last Saturday night’s last lap tussle between Mark Martin and Juan Pablo Montoya. JPM …

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The Yellow Stripe: Is It Worth Making the Chase If You’re Just Making Up the Numbers?

In the next couple of months, we’re going to hear a lot about who’s going to make, and who’s not going to make, the all-hallowed Chase. Each week, drivers will be added, then deleted to and from the equation while, for those on the bubble, the speculation will (in true shout-until-your-lungs-burst WE ARE FOX SPORTS …

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The Yellow Stripe: 9 Drivers Who Need a Reset Button… Now

The running of the Coke Zero 400 on the high banks of the most famous venue in stock car racing this past Saturday night marked the exact halfway point in the 36-race schedule. While I’m on the subject of the weekend’s crashfest, why on earth did Coke decide to call it the Coke Zero 400 …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2010 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona

Before the race, the television crew called him the best Cup driver without a restrictor-plate win, and early on, it looked like Kurt Busch might change that. Instead, Busch endured a race in which he was involved with at least three wrecks and a racecar that was beat up on every part. Yet Busch never got the brunt of anything and held on to finish seventh. Look up “underrated” in the dictionary and see if Busch’s picture is beside it.

Running Their Mouth: 2010 LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at Loudon

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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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.

Bettin’ the Horsepower: 2010 Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at Loudon

All odds are taken from betus.com as of Wednesday evening. Favorites Jimmie Johnson (4/1): JJ is one of the more dominant drivers at New Hampshire and is carrying the momentum off of a first career road-course victory. With just one non-top 10 finish in his last nine starts at Loudon he’s a perennial threat for …

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