NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Nextel Cup: 2007 Race to the Chase Special Edition

Now that we have survived the final off weekend of the year, it’s time to turn our focus to the upcoming seven-race slugfest that will determine the field for the 2007 Chase for the Championship. Obviously, there are certain drivers that are all but locked into the field barring some sort of meteor hitting their …

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Thompson in Turn 5: Driver Shopping? Try Clint Bowyer on for Size

Perhaps Clint Bowyer, presently setting 10th in driver points in only his second full-time season in the Nextel Cup Series, can fill the void that the recent retirement of Rusty Wallace, as well as the gradual and/or soon expected final retirements of popular veterans like Bill Elliott, Terry Labonte, Mark Martin, Ricky Rudd or Ken Schrader have or will create for fans of those drivers.

Driver Handicaps: 2007 USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Edition

Jeff Gordon – Gordon won this race last year and has top-five finishes in four of his six starts at Chicagoland. With a 10th-place average finish, Gordon doesn’t beat around the “Busch,” although some days, we are sure he’d like to.

Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2007 Pepsi 400 at Daytona

Carl Edwards looked three-wide but thought better of it on the last lap at Daytona, leaving teammate Jamie McMurray free to catch the perfect side draft and hold on to beat Kyle Busch to the line in what turned into the third-closest NASCAR finish in the past 15 years.

Matt McLaughlin’s Driver Handicaps: 2007 Firecracker 400 at Daytona

Jeff Gordon – Gordon’s Daytona record speaks for itself; he’s won a total of six points races there, most recently the 2005 Daytona 500. With the Hendrick teams on a roll at the plate tracks, that should make Gordon an automatic contender, right? Not quite; it has to be pointed out that Gordon has finished …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2007 Lenox Industrial Tools 300 at Loudon

Crew chief Mike gave Denny Hamlin two tires during a pit stop with 44 laps to go at Loudon, putting the No. 11 car out front in clean air. The sophomore sensation responded by holding off a frantic late charge by Jeff Gordon to snag his first win of ’07.

Bowles-Eye View: With 9 Races to Go, Clint Bowyer Most Vulnerable Chase Contender

Since the racing mecca that is Memorial Day weekend, NASCAR Nextel Cup’s gotten busy honoring itself with a litany of breakthrough performances by drivers suddenly making a name for themselves. One by one, these men have come forward to claim their winning lotto tickets to the relative surprise of the racing public. Casey Mears, Martin …

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Matt McLaughlin’s Driver Handicaps: 2007 New Hampshire Summer Race

Jeff Gordon – Gordon has three wins at Loudon, but none since 1998. In fact, his third-place finish at NHIS last fall put to bed a streak of three straight finishes outside of the top 10. But overall, Gordon has 13 top 10s in 24 career starts at this track – and do you want …

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