NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Running Their Mouth: 2009 AMP Energy 500 at Talladega

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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Talladega the Last Straw: The Madness Must End

Anyone who reads this site knows that I’ve always defended restrictor plate racing as being just that, racing. Real racing. I’ve defended it as a discipline, just as road racing is a discipline, and insisted that the Chase needs Talladega just as much as it needs a road course in it. And even after Sunday’s …

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Big 6: 2009 Amp Energy 500 at Talladega

If I gave this award to the race winner, Jamie McMurray would have been the hands-down winner – a lame-duck driver who is probably running R&D stuff in the Chase and has no ride for 2010 winning the race is a great story. But since the official shoutout goes to a non-winner, how about Michael Waltrip, who avoided trouble and finished seventh.

Mirror Driving: Addington Angst, Rewarding Wins & Is Jeff Gordon Over the Hill?

Sunday’s race at Martinsville Speedway illustrated the frustration that many fans have with the current points system, as race winner Denny Hamlin gained two spots but made little headway against points leader Jimmie Johnson – who stretched his lead over Mark Martin by finishing second.  How should NASCAR reward winning in its top series?

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville

Although he didn’t win on Sunday, Jimmie Johnson continued his death grip on the top spot in the Power Rankings, with his second-place finish at Martinsville more than enough to secure all 10 of the first-place votes this week. With four races left, the No. 48 needs to only avoid the Talladega wreck to coast …

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Voice of Vito: Jimmie Johnson’s 4th Title in Striking Distance, Yet Talladega Remains a Game Changer

I know it’s hard to imagine right now, but contrary to popular belief Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 car do get involved in wrecks from time to time – like this fiery one in Indianapolis from 2007. Anything’s possible… In last Wednesday’s edition of Voice of Vito, I stated my grievance with the media …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Edition

The usual suspects played “follow the leader” at Martinsville in what proved to be a fairly competitive race. Jimmie Johnson, winner of five of the last six races at the track, led a large portion of the middle of the event, eventually losing the point to Denny Hamlin. But Hamlin, who had a score to …

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Thompson in Turn 5: Martin/Montoya the Closest Martin Has Come to an On-Track Feud

Two weeks ago, Turn 5 focused on the increasingly more confident Juan Pablo Montoya and his newfound status as one of the elite drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The article Juan Pablo Has Arrived, But Championship Hopes Are Underpowered chronicled the third-year driver for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing’s ascent from struggling freshman and sophomore …

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Mirror Driving: Dale Jr.’s Next Step, Park’s NASCAR Comeback & Jimmie’s Chase to Lose?

Jimmie Johnson left Charlotte with a 90-point lead, the largest margin in history five races into the Chase. Does Johnson have the title in the bag at halfway, or is there still someone with something for the three-time champ?

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