NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Fact or Fiction: Has Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Entered the Ranks of NASCAR’s Elite?

Following a breakthrough campaign that early in the Chase pitted Juan Pablo Montoya against title favorite Jimmie Johnson for the championship, the No. 42 Earnhardt Ganassi Racing team was expected to repeat as title contenders in 2010. But as the DNFs have piled up, they’ve been unable to replicate the consistency that led to 18 top 10s and an eventual eighth-place finish in points.

Running Their Mouth: 2010 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen

Welcome to Running Their Mouth! 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 sneak peek at what they all were thinking following the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen at Watkins Glen International.

After Watkins Glen, What Happens Now for NASCAR’s 2 Foreign Stars

This past weekend’s Sprint Cup and Nationwide series races at Watkins Glen International were both won by drivers who have struggled at times this season after posting relatively solid numbers in 2009. Last year, Marcos Ambrose finished 17th in points in what was basically a coming out of sorts, clearly one of the strongest non-Chase …

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Fantasy Insider: Mark Martin & Tony Stewart Will Be NASCAR Kings of the Road

With the exception of my two-year-old son pointing to me and saying “DA DAAAAAAA,” there is no sweeter sound to my ears than that of 43 NASCAR engines thundering through the hills of New York’s wine country in Watkins Glen. And speaking of thundering, the weather this weekend looks brilliant, meaning I may actually get …

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Jamie McMurray Takes 2010 Brickyard 400 Victory

After Juan Pablo Montoya dominated practice and qualifying at Indianapolis, taking the pole for Sunday’s Brickyard 400, owner Chip Ganassi knew he’d have a strong shot at kissing the bricks. But no one ever expected him to be pulling that makeout session with somebody else. Montoya’s teammate Jamie McMurray, this year’s Daytona 500 champion, surged …

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The Cool-Down Lap: Happiness & Heartbreak All in 1 for Chip Ganassi

2010 is the Year of the Comeback. While perennial contenders Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin and the Busch brothers have all taken turns in victory lane, others – such as Jamie McMurray and Kevin Harvick – have rebounded from horrid 2009 campaigns to grace the top of the scoring tower. McMurray set the underdog tone early, …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2010 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis

It’s not easy to pass at Indianapolis, and starting in the back of the pack is generally not a good omen for a top finish. An engine change dropped Joey Logano to the rear of the field, but Logano muscled his way onto the top 10 by the end, grabbing a ninth-place finish and showing that passing at Indy isn’t impossible.

Juan Pablo Montoya on Pole for 2010 Brickyard 400

Timing is everything and when you go out to qualify for the Brickyard is very critical. Indianapolis is one of the most temperature sensitive tracks that the series visits so the earlier a driver can take to the track the better. For Juan Pablo Montoya, going out seventh gave him almost the perfect opportunity to …

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Juan Pablo Montoya Paces 2nd 2010 Brickyard 400 Practice

After the initial practice session, teams made adjustments and hit the track to see how their cars took to the changes. There was also some cloud cover that moved over the track which allowed the track temp to dip slightly which is critical at Indianapolis which is one of the most temperature sensitive tracks on …

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