NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Happy Hour: Will Kasey Kahne Be Much Better at Hendrick? Not if Recent History is a Guide

Whenever a high profile driver changes teams, much is made of how well he will perform at his new digs. Either he will finally realize his long-stifled talent, or there’s going to be some struggles while the new team “gets back on track” with the help of his leadership in the garage. It seemed like …

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Bubble Breakdown: Restrictor-Plate Heartbreak for Several Competitive Underdogs

Last week, the No. 34 of Front Row Motorsports (driven by Travis Kvapil) slipped back into the Top 35 after Texas. It wasn’t pretty, but that minuscule three-point cushion was enough to push FRM teammate David Gilliland’s No. 37 back onto the bubble spot for the first time since Bristol. At Talladega, that meant it …

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Bubble Breakdown: 3’s Not the Charm for David Reutimann in Texas

Last week on the Bubble Breakdown, a 14th-place finish at Phoenix vaulted Robby Gordon’s No. 7 back onto the bubble, locking him into a Cup race for the first time since Bristol. Gordon bumped out the No. 34 car driven by Travis Kvapil, who finished 36th after his engine exploded on lap 314. At Texas, …

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Bubble Breakdown: Robby’s Top 15 Bursts Kvapil’s Bubble Inside Top 35

Robby Gordon picked up a well-deserved 14th-place finish in Saturday’s Subway Fresh Fit 600 at Phoenix. But was that enough to get him inside the Top 35? Meanwhile, David Stremme’s No. 26 and Mike Bliss’s No. 36 both failed to make the race, meaning their 37th and 38th-ranked teams both lost nearly 40 points on …

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Did You Notice? The Difference a NASCAR Decade Makes? & Feed the Rich

Did You Notice? What a difference a decade makes? In this slow off week, I figured we’d do something a little different to show how much NASCAR has changed in the past ten years. So I figured, with so much worry over Jimmie Johnson‘s seemingly limitless success as of late, why not take a look …

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Bubble Breakdown: Ambrose’s Antics, Gilliland Great Despite Front Row-tation

The electrifying finish at Martinsville was but one source of drama from the Goody’s Fast Relief 500. As the current owner points set the field for Monday’s Martinsville melee, Robby Gordon and David Stremme threw everything they had at catching the trio of Front Row Motorsports cars in front of them. But FRM had a …

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Bubble Breakdown: Speed Locks In, Robby Falls Out, Bliss on the Bubble

Only two weeks remain until the Top-35 battle kicks into high gear at Bristol and after all the wildness in Atlanta, the points margin on either side of the bubble are every bit as close as the racing promises to be in Thunder Valley. Who are the ones to watch when the sheetmetal flies in …

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Bubble Breakdown: Newman, Ambrose Fighting For Their Top-35 Lives

Hello! Before we get into this week’s edition, I’ve been so wrapped up with the start of the season that I haven’t taken the time to introduce myself. The name’s Brock Beard, and I’ve always had a soft spot for NASCAR’s underdogs. Whether it’s trying to come up with a colorful nickname for Mike Bliss …

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Bubble Breakdown: Truex Terrific, Speed Surprising & Front Row Flops

The Great American Race is in the history books, but the battle for the bubble is just beginning. Already, the No. 66 of Dave Blaney (PRISM Motorsports) and the No. 09 of Aric Almirola (Phoenix Racing) have some ground to make up in 2010 after they both failed to make the big show, but what …

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