Race Weekend Central

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the AAA 400 at Dover

They don’t call Dover the Monster Mile for nothing. Even though most of the drivers were kind to each other on Sunday, the track wasn’t so gracious, and its walls took a bite off several cars, including those of Greg Biffle, JJ Yeley and Mike Bliss (twice). The track also had the last laugh in the race outcome, changing just enough late to keep the best team of the day out of Victory Lane. The same could be said for its impact on the Chase, relegating several contenders to mid-pack when they just couldn’t get a handle on the concrete surface. This monster is a mean one.

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2011 Irwin Tools Night Race From Bristol

There are two sides to every story, and this week’s “huh?” actually goes to both sides of the same issue: pit road timing. After Jeff Gordon was beaten off pit road by Brad Keselowski on the final stop, he complained that Keselowski had taken advantage of a somewhat antiquated system of timing the cars’ average time between marked segments on pit road rather than by actual speed at any given point.

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2011 Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville

Falling just a few laps short of the win, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was vintage Earnhardt on Sunday, passing Kyle Busch for the lead on lap 480 with a perfectly executed bump-and-run and holding on until lap 496, when Kevin Harvick passed for the win. Earnhardt nearly came back, laying a bumper to Harvick on a crossover move, but not quite in the right location to move Harvick up the track. It was the most like a driver hungry for a win that Earnhardt has looked in a very long time.

Fantasy Insider: Can a Trio of NASCAR Chase Contenders Tip the Scales in Your Title Race?

Well, with Talladega out of the way, some sort of order in predicting NASCAR finishes has been restored as the traveling circus we all follow on a weekly basis moves to Texas this weekend. So for all you Dallas/Fort Worth area fans who obviously aren’t going to get to see any playoff football, I give …

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Running Their Mouth: 2010 AMP Energy Juice 500 at Talladega

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 AMP Energy Juice 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Grading the 2010 NASCAR Pack, Part III: Drivers Brad Keselowski – Brian Vickers

With the NASCAR season two-thirds of the way gone and the final off week now out of our way, we’re taking a brief moment of respite, grading all the drivers and teams once again on their performance so far in 2010. Tuesday, we covered an owner-by-owner breakdown of season results so far… all of which you …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2010 Michigan-Bristol Edition

The Dog Days of summer are in full force in the Sprint Cup Series. Temperatures are expected near 90 degrees in Bristol, Tenn. this week, part of the hottest year on record down South leading up to Saturday night’s heated 500-lap showdown under the lights. But these ugly temperatures aren’t the only problem turning some …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2010 Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono

Tony Stewart grabbed his second pole of the season this week, but he needed a late-race caution, or a miracle, to finish where he started. Stewart finished second to Greg Biffle for his third runner-up finish of 2010. This is generally Stewart’s best time of year, and given his record at Watkins Glen (five wins and nine top-10 finishes in 11 starts), Stewart might not be settling for second next week.

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