NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Dialing It In: How’d the Girls Do? More Than Just Danica at Daytona

With so much attention spent on Danica Patrick and her introduction to stock car racing, it was easy to overlook the fact that a total of six female drivers competed in the various races this Speedweeks in Daytona. So, now that the opening weeks are in the books, let’s look back and see how the …

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Tracking the Trucks: 2009 Mountain Dew 250 at Talladega

Kyle Busch took the checkered flag 0.057 seconds ahead of Aric Almirola to win the Mountain Dew 250 Saturday afternoon at Talladega Superspeedway. Busch led only 10 laps on the night and received help in the form of a push from Almirola to score his sixth win of the season. Todd Bodine, Terry Cook and David Starr rounded out the top five.

Tearing Apart the Trucks: Steve Park Returns to Series

When the Camping World Truck Series takes the track for the Mountain Dew 250, Steve Park will make his return to the CWTS. Park will attempt to qualify the No. 02 Koma Unwind/ Chevrolet. The 42-year-old driver made his last Truck Series start in 2006 at Kansas Speedway for HT Motorsports where he finished 14th. …

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Tracking the Trucks: 2008 E-Z-GO 200 at Atlanta

Ryan Newman took the checkered flag 0.377 seconds ahead of Ron Hornaday Jr. to win the E-Z-GO 200 Saturday afternoon at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Newman made a last-lap pass on teammate Hornaday to score a win in his first ever Truck Series start. Denny Hamlin, Todd Bodine and Scott Speed rounded out the top five.

Tracking the Trucks: 2008 Kroger 200 at Martinsville

Johnny Benson took the checkered flag 0.785 seconds ahead of Dennis Setzer to win the Kroger 200 Saturday afternoon at Martinsville Speedway. The driver of the No. 23 Toyota took the lead with 44 laps to go and never gave up the top spot on his way to his first career Martinsville win. Rick Crawford, Kyle Busch and Todd Bodine rounded out the top five.

Tearing Apart the Trucks: NASCAR Announces an Engine Change & More

Over the Labor Day break, Bobby Hamilton Racing-VA has closed the doors on the No. 4 Dodge until further notice, so all team efforts can be focused on the No. 18 truck driven by Dennis Setzer. Since the announcement, Stacy Compton’s No. 4 Dodge has withdrawn from this weekend’s entry list.

Did You Notice? NASCAR & Politics, Raining on Goodyear & Penske’s Nasty Divorce

Did You Notice? That if Matt Kenseth does fall out of the Chase, the two races he’ll look to that cost him his opportunity were a failed fuel mileage gamble at Pocono – the race won by track position, not pure speed – as well as an explosive tire failure at Indianapolis. That makes me think the sport shouldn’t count points from that race… if the results at Indy were that controlled, aren’t you controlling who makes and misses the Chase by shutting out guys who had poor performances there?

Tracking the Trucks: 2008 Built Ford Tough 225 at Kentucky

Johnny Benson took the checkered flag 0.474 seconds ahead of Michael Annett to win the Built Ford Tough 225 presented by the Greater Cincinnati Dealers at Kentucky Speedway. Benson held off a charge from his rookie teammate with just 18 laps remaining to win his second race this season and take over the points lead. Matt Crafton, Dennis Setzer, and David Starr rounded out the top five finishers.

Tracking the Trucks: 2008 Camping World RV Sales 200 at Milwaukee

Johnny Benson took the checkered flag 2.530 seconds ahead of Matt Crafton to win the Camping World RV Sales 200 Friday night at the Milwaukee Mile. Benson took the lead coming off pit road under caution for light drizzle and held on to win his third consecutive race at the West Allis, Wis. track. Landon Cassill, Erik Darnell and Todd Bodine rounded out the top five.

Tearing Apart the Trucks: Jennifer Jo Cobb & Michelle Theriault Debut

After a four-week break, the Craftsman Truck Series returns to the track at Kansas Speedway. Along with the seasoned veterans and rookie of the year contenders, Jennifer Jo Cobb and Michelle Theriault will make their Craftsman Truck Series debuts. Driving for Derrike Cope’s newly founded team, Theriault will pilot the No. 73 Derrike Cope Inc./RMR Dodge Ram, and Cobb will be behind the wheel of the No. 74 Providence Medical Center Dodge Ram.

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