Race Weekend Central

Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2012 Toyota Save Mart 350 at Sonoma

Michael Waltrip Racing had a coming out party at Sonoma. The organization led 86 of the 112 laps with Clint Bowyer doing the majority of the work with 71 of those 86 laps. The race went two extra circuits thanks to a late-race spin but Bowyer held off charges from Kurt Busch and Tony Stewart over the last two spins around the road course to notch his sixth victory of his career and third in the history of MWR.

Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2012 Martinsville Spring Race Recap

On the first green-white-checkered restart, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson led the field to the green, both on worn tires as competitors behind them on fresh ones licked their chops. Clint Bowyer, propelled by a solid shot to his rear bumper from Ryan Newman, took the Hendrick duo three-wide towards the first turn and it didn’t work out too well for any of the three of them. Meanwhile, Newman snaked his way into the lead and, ultimately, the win.

What’s Vexing Vito: Chevrolet Thriving in NASCAR Amidst Struggles

Hendrick Motorsports is planning on running four special paint schemes amongst its teams this weekend to commemorate 100 years of Chevrolet on their centennial anniversary this year. It is a good time to be a part of the Bow-Tie brigade again, having just won last weekend at Kansas, clinched the manufacturers title and trailing Carl …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2011 Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas

After lurking in the top 10 for much of the race, it was Kasey Kahne who was Jimmie Johnson’s strongest challenge on the green-white-checkered restart at the end. Kahne roared into second and dogged Johnson on the restart. Johnson had been getting stellar restarts in the second half, and Kahne was best in class when it came to hanging with the defending series champion. He made a furious run on the two-lap shootout and fell just short of challenging for his first win of 2011.

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.

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