NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Mirror Driving: NASCAR Officiating Gone Bad?

After a debacle that included a safety truck stuck in the middle of the track as the green flag waved and an officiating call that forced a red flag to sort out, what, if anything, should be done to improve NASCAR officiating?

Thompson in Turn 5: Misguided Loyalties for NASCAR Fans

I have tried in recent years to humor some NASCAR fans’ fantasy-based loyalty to one automobile manufacturer or another, much like I did with my children when they were young and checking under the pillow in the morning to see if that tooth had been replaced with some kind of monetary compensation. My philosophy back …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Nextel Cup: 2006 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Edition

As the smoke cleared from a wacky weekend of racing in Charlotte, Jeff Burton continued to remain the class of the Chase field, with the rest of his challengers now looking to play catchup in the second half.

Kasey Kahne Says He’s Not Out of Chase; Backs it Up With 6th Win of 2006 at Charlotte

CONCORD, N.C. – Kasey Kahne pulled the Lowe’s Motor Speedway sweep, winning the Bank of America 500 over Jimmie Johnson. That’s no mean feat considering Johnson has seemed nearly unbeatable at the track named for his sponsor, sweeping both races in both 2004 and 2005. It was Kahne’s sixth win of the season and further …

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Scanner Static: Brian Vickers Gets in 1 Parting Shot

Q: I’m no fan of Jimmie Johnson or Dale Earnhardt Jr. – I pull for the Roush cars on race day – but I had to get a laugh out of the way Talladega ended. Hendrick shuts Brian Vickers out of his team meetings after years of making him run races with crappy stuff and …

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Thompson in Turn 5: Mark Martin Finds Part-Time Work Away From Roush… & It’s OK

Last Friday at Talladega, Mark Martin announced his future racing plans, raising more than a few eyebrows with his intentions. As you’ve likely already heard by now, Martin will leave Roush Racing to drive the No. 01 Chevrolet presently driven by Joe Nemechek and owned by MB2 Motorsports in 2007. The arrangement is reported to …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Nextel Cup: 2006 UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Edition

There are certain things that we’ve come to expect from restrictor-plate races lately, and this weekend’s Nextel Cup race at Talladega had most of the bases covered. Side-by-side racing… check. Bump-drafting… check. The Big One… check. Controversy… check. Upset fans… check. It seems like the only checkmark left empty on a wild day in Alabama …

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