NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Voice of Vito: Overlooking the Obvious – Media Largely Ignoring Compelling Chase Stories, Handing Johnson Title Prematurely

Is there be a more fickle sport than NASCAR? One moment you are an up and coming driver, brimming with a burgeoning career, celebrated by fans both young and old. Then either as a victim of your own success or by making contact with someone more popular, you draw the ire of the grandstands, receiving …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 AAA 400 at Dover

The Monster Mile had no mercy for our poll this week, with its slick track and tough tire compound leading to poor finishes for several drivers on last week’s list. But other’s pain was Jimmie Johnson, Mark Martin and Juan Pablo Montoya‘s gain, each of whom put together their second straight top-five finish in the Chase …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 AAA 400 at Dover Edition

Surprise, surprise… Jimmie Johnson is the early favorite to win the Cup Series title. The three-time defending Chase champ dominated the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway en route to his fourth win of the year and season sweep at the Monster Mile. Johnson led 271 of the 400 laps and never had a real …

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 AAA 400 at Dover

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 AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway.

Bowles-Eye View: Unfair Advantage for the No. 48? Jimmie Johnson Says Sour Grapes; Others, Not So Sure

To say Jimmie Johnson was in a league of his own Sunday was putting it mildly. Leading the final 224 laps, the outcome of the race was never in doubt for most of Dover’s second half, the No. 48 running as much as 2 mph faster than the rest of the field. It was a …

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Did You Notice? Liquor’s Love Affair Turned Divorce, Throwing Caution to the Wind & Finding Earnhardt

Did You Notice? NASCAR is so quick to throw a caution for “debris,” yet so hesitant when there’s actual danger on the racetrack? The first Chase race came packaged with its share of debris yellows, a total of three cautions that threatened to change the outcome of the race. Yet during the last lap, when …

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Mirror Driving: Montoya or Martin Driving Dirty? A Cautionary Tale & As The Tryson Turns

Juan Pablo Montoya says Mark Martin played dirty at the end of the Cup race at New Hampshire. Is he a sore loser, or did Mark’s reputation let him get away with one?

Voice of Vito: Strong Chase Starts Not Always a Recipe for Championship Success

Following his fifth win of the season at Loudon this past Sunday, Mark Martin was sure he was dreaming. He had just won a race on one of the five tracks he had yet to score a victory on in the Sprint Cup Series, firing the first round in the 10-race Chase most never thought …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 Sylvania 300 at Loudon

The first Chase race is finally behind us, with Mark Martin earning his season-high fifth win of the season at New Hampshire. It was one of the wilder races in the history of the 1-mile oval, and that’s reflected in a poll in which 11 of the top 13 drivers swapped spots this week. But …

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