NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 NASCA Banking 500 at Charlotte

NASCAR came home for the only night race of the playoffs Saturday, overseeing a coronation of the Lowe’s Motor Speedway “King” for the first time in four years. Dominating for a second straight week in the Chase, Jimmie Johnson once again took the checkered flag at the track with his sponsor’s name to solidify his …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Observations from the Pits

It’s a chilly fall here in North Carolina, and I’m here at Lowe’s Motor Speedway for the season wrap-up, so I thought I’d share a few thoughts and observations from the garage over the last couple of days. If anyone doesn’t think top drivers don’t have a sense of humor, consider this: Juan Pablo Montoya, …

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Voice of Vito: Danica Patrick, NASCAR & IndyCar, Motorsports’ Torrid Love Triangle Heats Up

Ah, the torrid love triangle. It is the thing of tawdry soap operas, trashy romance novels, and maybe even the topic of water cooler conversation involving your co-workers. Now, coming to a racetrack near you, it is the recurring theme and headline of many a motorsports article. This one is no different, for even I …

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Mirror Driving: How to Beat Hendrick, Parking Double Duty & Dreamin’ of a Better California

Jimmie Johnson’s win at Auto Club Speedway was the fourth win of his career at the track and moved Johnson into the points lead, with Hendrick-supported cars 1-2-4-5 in the standings. Is this Hendrick’s Chase to lose, or does “independent” Juan Pablo Montoya still have a chance to wreak havoc on their dreams of a 1-2-3 Chase finish?

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 Pepsi 500 at Fontana

After scoring another victory at his home track, Jimmie Johnson put a major stranglehold on the top spot in the poll following Chase race number four at California. Behind him, the keyword appears to be “stability” as a Sunday snoozer led to minimal movement amongst our Power Rankings. But while our experts have labeled Johnson …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Pepsi 500 at Fontana Edition

As Yogi Berra once said: “It’s déjà vu all over again.” Another fall race in Fontana is complete, and for the third straight year another victory (and in this case, the point lead along with it) went to Jimmie Johnson, Chad Knaus, and company. Any fan who has followed NASCAR even remotely over the past …

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Did You Notice? Mark Martin Abandoned, F1/NASCAR Flavor & Earnhardt Needs a New Crew Chief?

Did You Notice? That despite leading the points for three straight weeks, no one’s jumping on the Mark Martin bandwagon quite yet? Despite opening a gap of 18 points over Jimmie Johnson and 51 over everyone else, the 50-year-old is still buried in the headlines this week while Johnson remains the prohibitive favorite. Why are people …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 Price Chopper 400 at Kansas

Racing in the heartland saw Tony Stewart regain his winning form once more, capturing the Price Chopper 400 for his fourth career trip to victory lane as driver/owner. But a victory does not necessarily mean a trip back to the top of the Power Rankings; in fact, with nine Chasers finishing in the top 10, …

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 Price Chopper 400 at Kansas

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 peek at what they all were thinking following the Price Chopper 400 presented by Kraft Foods at Kansas Speedway.

Big 6: 2009 Price Chopper 400 at Kansas

Nine of the top-10 finishers at Kansas were chase drivers-and then there was David Reutimann. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver showed that he can hang with the big boys, finishing eighth. Reutimann is 15th in points and racing only for wins for the last 10 races. He wasn’t good enough to win this week, but he was good enough to break up the Chase party in the top 10.

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