Race Weekend Central

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2008 All-Star Race at Charlotte Edition

With $1 million on the line Saturday night, drivers and fans got a glimpse of what just may happen when points are up for grabs at the Coca-Cola 600 this weekend. While the annual Sprint All-Star event, traditionally run on the weekend prior to Memorial Day, may be an altogether different animal – it’s a …

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10 Points to Ponder… After the 2008 All-Star Challenge at Charlotte

1. No Problem, Ron – Sprint Cup Series points leader Kyle Busch ended his six-weekend streak of winning a race – somewhere and in some type of car or truck. The Las Vegas native won the pole positions at Lowe’s Motor Speedway for both the Craftsman Truck Series North Carolina Education Lottery 200 and the …

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Tracking the Trucks: 2008 North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte

In a Nutshell: Matt Crafton took the checkered flag 0.184 seconds ahead of Chad McCumbee to win the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 Friday night at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Crafton survived a green-white-checkered finish to score his first career victory after a flurry of late cautions changed the complexion of the race. Brendan Gaughan, Erik …

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Tearing Apart the Trucks: 3 Ways to Improve the Truck Series

After taking yet another two weekends off, the Craftsman Truck Series returns to action at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Over the last few seasons, I’ve learned just how much I love the Truck Series; given the choice, I would watch a Truck Series race before I would watch a Sprint Cup or Nationwide one, hands down. …

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Fanning the Flames: Be Careful What You Wish For… Like it or Not, NASCAR Personality is Back

Before we get rolling with this week’s questions, I have a question of my own: What’s with all the Kyle Busch hate in NASCAR fandom? I’ve read more than a few columns and message boards this month, as well as receiving a comment or two concerning Busch and the way some race fans view him. …

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Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: What Sort of NASCAR Fan Are You?

How a NASCAR fan responds to various stories, occurrences, and personalities has a lot to do with how long they’ve been a fan and the mindset they bring to the sport. From the enthusiastic – if still learning – newbies, to the hardcore longtime fans (the guys who’ve been around since Richard Petty was a …

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Mirror Driving: Judging The Lady in Black, Throwing Your Crew Under the Bus & Yaw. Yes, Yaw

Welcome to Mirror Driving. Every week, your favorite columnists sit down and give their opinion about the latest NASCAR news and rumors. Love us or hate us, make a comment below and tell us how you feel about what we’ve said! This Week’s Participants: Tom Bowles (Editor-In-Chief; Mondays/Bowles-Eye View & Wednesdays/Did You Notice) Tony Lumbis (Mondays/Rookie Report) …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2008 Dodge Challenger 500 at Darlington

Darlington Raceway may have had a facelift, but no matter what you do to the old girl, she’s still the track too tough to tame. A ton of grip and a hard tire meant that the cars went faster than ever before, but they also hit the wall harder and more often than ever before. …

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