Race Weekend Central

Fantasy Insider: Escaping Disaster at Thunder Valley

Editor’s Note: Mike Ravesi could not submit this week due to internet issues. Look for our site’s Fantasy Insider to return next Thursday for Martinsville! There’s no race more nerve-wracking to set your fantasy team for than Bristol. It’s tough enough to pick at short tracks as it is, but the unpredictability of 500 laps …

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Bubble Breakdown: What Big Teams Are In Top-35 Danger?

For many in the Sprint Cup garage this weekend, 500 laps at Bristol will be a nail-biting experience, with one wreck making the difference between locking them into the 43-car field for Martinsville and beyond… or kicking them out. So while NASCAR’s top divisions enjoy their week off, let’s take a look at 12 other …

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Bubble Breakdown: Newman, Ambrose Fighting For Their Top-35 Lives

Hello! Before we get into this week’s edition, I’ve been so wrapped up with the start of the season that I haven’t taken the time to introduce myself. The name’s Brock Beard, and I’ve always had a soft spot for NASCAR’s underdogs. Whether it’s trying to come up with a colorful nickname for Mike Bliss …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not In Sprint Cup: 2010 Auto Club 500 at Fontana Edition

I’ve done this column twice so far in 2010, and both have been when I’m physically less than 100%. At this rate, it seems like my body is mimicking the attendance at virtually every race ever run at Fontana (Zing!) But seriously, folks, the second race of the season gave us a solid look at …

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Bubble Breakdown: Blaney Needs a Sponsor, Ambrose & Newman Need a Break

With the second race of the season complete, a rough picture of the 2010 bubble is starting to take shape. Teams have just three more weeks to get their act together, which is why Sunday’s 500-miler at California was such an important step in the process. The cookie-cutter oval has very similar characteristics to the …

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The Yellow Stripe: 10 Wishes for 2010, Some of Which May Actually Come True

It’s amazing how the shortest offseason in professional sports can feel so long – it seems like an age ago since we were watching Jimmie Johnson race to a fourth straight title in Miami. I, for one, was even more geeked for the Budweiser Shootout than I was for the season-premiere of ABC’s Lost! (In …

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2009: The Year That Wuz, Part II

I think Mark Martin has either retired, semi-retired or threatened to retire more times than Tommy Smothers. But this year, he was firmly committed to running a full season and even competing for that elusive championship at age 50. Martin did, in fact, win five races and made a valid and competitive drive for the title.

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