NASCAR Race Weekend Central

5 Points to Ponder: 2009 AAA 400 at Dover Edition

Kurt Busch and Juan Pablo Montoya were not considered championship contenders by a number of experts before New Hampshire, but after two races sit third and fourth in points to raise some eyebrows. It wasn’t that neither had the talent, but the Pat Tryson drama was expected to affect the No. 2 team and many thought Montoya couldn’t legitimately have a shot at the title without a win.

Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Dover 200

Saturday saw Richard Childress Racing’s Nationwide program for the first time in 2009 resemble the juggernaut that Kevin Harvick took to nine wins and the 2006 Series crown. This time, however, the driver was Clint Bowyer, who in leading the final 83 laps scored a convincing win at Dover in the first of a three-race …

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Denny, Gibbs, What Were You Thinking?

The biggest highlight of Saturday’s Nationwide Series race came not on the track, but on pit road following the checkered flag. Denny Hamlin, irritated after being spun in a late-race incident with Brad Keselowski, aggressively confronted the driver of the No. 88 on pit road immediately following the race and nearly triggered a melee similar …

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Freshmen Struggle to Find Footing at Richmond… With 1 Exception

14th place may appear to be an insignificant type of finish for most drivers. However, it represented just the performance the No. 20 team needed. After making significant progress in the second half of 2009, Joey Logano had cooled off somewhat over the past two weeks with finishes of 34th and 22nd at Bristol and Atlanta, respectively. After qualifying poorly, it looked as if the streak would continue, but Logano and team made steady progress towards the front and recorded a solid finish, exactly what the racing doctor ordered.

Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Joey Logano Leads Quiet Night for Rookie Contenders

Much as ESPN’s focus was on the Chase and the drivers contending for it, the action at the front of the pack was largely veteran, with the rookies in the field left to run their own races and to figure out an already difficult circuit under the lights. And while Logano managed to crack the top 15 and run with the leaders (including eventual race winner Kasey Kahne), the ever-changing track conditions at Atlanta proved too much for even the Rookie of the Year leader, as the No. 20 car lost their handle and faded late.

Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Degree V12 300 at Atlanta

In 2009, Kevin Harvick has seldom, if ever, resembled the championship-contending driver that he has been on the Sprint Cup circuit in years past. But on Saturday night, driving his own No. 33 car, the Harvick of old was alive and well. With Cup stars Kyle Busch and Jeff Burton, as well as the JR …

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Fanning the Flames: Kyle Busch’s New Gibson Guitar Antics

If you blinked, you missed it… and if I didn’t live in Nashville, I probably would have. As much we like to pile on young Mr. Kyle Busch for his snippiness with reporters, his taunting bows to the crowd after a win or his guitar-smashing antics, we need to give him an “A-atta-boy” for this …

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Voice of Vito: The Right Fit – Why Brad Keselowski Joining Penske Racing in 2010 Will Work

On Tuesday, the worst kept secret in NASCAR was made official, as it was confirmed that Brad Keselowski has joined Penske Racing as the new driver of their No. 12 Dodges for 2010 and beyond. The 25-year-old from Rochester Hills, Michigan, who has been at the employ of JR Motorsports for the past two seasons …

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Full Throttle: Brad Keselowski Rolling the Dice Instead of Sticking With a Nearly Sure Thing

Brad Keselowski was the first across the finish line at Talladega earlier this year, and seemed to immediately start grousing that he was ready to move up to the Cup level, and was ready to sell himself out to whomever would write the biggest check. Never mind that he was driving for Hendrick Motorsports Nationwide …

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The Yellow Stripe: Has This Season Really Been All That Bad?

They say absence makes the heart grow fonder, and in the case of the Sprint Cup that’s certainly how I felt this past Sunday, as for the fourth and final time this season, NASCAR’s top echelon took a well-deserved weekend off from the relentless slog that is the Cup schedule. With 24 races in the …

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