Race Weekend Central

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2010 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen

Signing a contract extension must have agreed with AJ Allmendinger. After settling his 2011 plans earlier this week, Allmendinger thanked his Richard Petty Motorsports team with a fourth-place finish at Watkins Glen, the best of the year for the underfunded No. 43. Though he didn’t quite have the car to make a bid at the end, Allmendinger dogged the leaders all day long, holding off a charging Carl Edwards in the Bus Stop on the final lap and garnering a little TV time for his often overlooked team.

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono

The 24 Hours… err, 500 miles of Pocono not only tested the mettle of all 43 teams Sunday, but it tested the metal of the Car of Tomorrow when Elliott Sadler pounded the inside wall, leaving his engine laying in the middle of the track and his life hanging in the balance. Luckily, the likable …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in NASCAR Sprint Cup: 2010 Pocono-Watkins Glen Edition

We’re heading full steam toward the Dog Days of Summer, but there’s several NASCAR Sprint Cup regulars barking up the wrong tree. As the race for the Chase turns sharply into focus, there are just 17 drivers left with a realistic shot at the playoffs. That leaves a number of superstars, from Juan Pablo Montoya …

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Running Their Mouth: 2010 Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono

Welcome to Running Their Mouth! 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 sneak peek at what they all were thinking following the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway.

Holding a Pretty Wheel: NASCAR’s Veteran Drivers Have More to Offer & Deserve More Too

In a surprise Silly Season move this week, Marcos Ambrose announced that he will leave JTG Daugherty Racing at the end of the season. While Ambrose hasn’t announced any future plans yet (the rumor mill has him moving to the No. 9 being vacated by Kasey Kahne), JTG Daugherty Racing spared no time in naming …

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What’s Vexing Vito: NASCAR Life Lessons From a Goodfella

“You learned the two greatest things in life: never rat on your friends… and always keep your mouth shut.” Those are the words of wisdom from Jimmy Conway to a young Henry Hill in Martin Scorsese’s film Goodfellas. That came to mind this week when I got to thinking about a couple of people who have …

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Did You Notice? Busch Spotter Silliness, Martin v. Evernham, Labonte Love & Sources

Did You Notice? Bobby Labonte gets a second chance (or is it more like his fourth)? Hours after Marcos Ambrose announced his departure from JTG Daugherty Racing (we’ll get to his status later), Labonte’s been handed the keys to the No. 47 Toyota for 2011. It’s easily the best-case scenario for the former Cup champ, …

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Juan Pablo Montoya on Pole for 2010 Brickyard 400

Timing is everything and when you go out to qualify for the Brickyard is very critical. Indianapolis is one of the most temperature sensitive tracks that the series visits so the earlier a driver can take to the track the better. For Juan Pablo Montoya, going out seventh gave him almost the perfect opportunity to …

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Did You Notice? The Cost of Sacrificing a Sport Through 1 Man

Did You Notice? The selective way in which fans worry about driver aggression? I’ve been bombarded since Saturday night with emails over the Carl–Brad incident, to the point they make Dale Earnhardt Jr. look like a boy scout on the corner holding a giant No. 3 sign that says “Pay Attention To Me.” Through it …

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What’s Vexing Vito: How Bout This Heat?! Summer Struggles Bring Frustrations to a Boil

I’m not sure if it is the heat of the summer or perhaps just the strain of the summer stretch taking its toll, but there seems to be a little bit of frustration boiling over in NASCAR lately. Take for instance last Saturday night’s last lap tussle between Mark Martin and Juan Pablo Montoya. JPM …

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