NASCAR Race Weekend Central

The Yellow Stripe: Sizing Up the Standings, What’s Left to Decide in 2008 for NASCAR’s Top-3 Series

There are just 33 days left (and 14 races across all three series) in the 2008 NASCAR season, and we’re getting inexorably closer to the time of year the prizes are handed out. So, with a little over a month left in the season, let’s take a look at where things stand, post-Charlotte, in NASCAR’s top-three divisions.

Tracking the Trucks: 2008 Mountain Dew 250 at Talladega

Todd Bodine took the checkered flag 0.074 seconds ahead of Ron Hornaday Jr. to win the Mountain Dew 250 presented by Toyota Saturday afternoon at Talladega Superspeedway. Bodine took the lead in the final turn on the last lap to win his third consecutive superspeedway race. Kyle Busch, Colin Braun, and Mike Wallace rounded out the top five.

Tearing Apart the Trucks: Joey Logano Set to Debut at Talladega

After taking a weekend off, the Craftsman Truck Series returns to action Saturday afternoon at Talladega Superspeedway. Joey Logano will be making his Truck Series debut in the No. 59 Team ASE/Harris Trucking Toyota. Logano takes the place of Ted Musgrave, who resigned from HT Motorsports after being accused of intentionally wrecking his truck in practice at Las Vegas Motor Speedway two weeks ago.

Tracking the Trucks: 2008 Qwik Liner Las Vegas 350

Mike Skinner took the checkered flag 0.020 seconds ahead of Erik Darnell to win the Qwik Liner Las Vegas 350 Saturday night. Several cautions set up the green-white-checkered finish that allowed Skinner to pull past Darnell at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Matt Crafton, John Andretti and Ron Hornaday Jr. rounded out the top five.

Tearing Apart the Trucks: Robb Brent to Make His Debut

After taking a weekend off, the Craftsman Truck Series heads to Nashville Superspeedway this weekend for the Toyota Tundra 200. When the green flag flies, Brad Keselowksi Racing will make their Truck Series debut with Robb Brent behind the wheel of the No. 19 Chevrolet. Brent just started racing four years ago, at age 16, at Kart2Kart, an indoor carting track.

Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2008 Camping World RV Rental 250 at Milwaukee

Brad Keselowski had the field at Milwaukee covered on Saturday night, leading 145 of the first 171 laps run. That all changed, however, when young phenom Joey Logano slammed into Keselowski in a turn while battling for the lead, caving in the left-front fender on Keselowski’s No. 88 Chevrolet.

Tearing Apart the Trucks: 2008 Rookies Start to Improve

Last weekend at Mansfield Motorsports Park, rookie of the year contender Donny Lia surprised himself and the world of NASCAR with his last lap pass on David Starr to score his first career Craftsman Truck Series victory in just his eighth start. When Starr took the white flag for the final half-mile around the track, his first win since 2006 seemed inevitable until heavy contact from Lia caused the truck to break loose from the driver of the No. 11 Pit-Now.com Toyota Tundra.

Tearing Apart the Trucks: Truck Series Makes a Perfect Training Ground For Young Drivers

Once NASCAR declined to raise the minimum age to race from 18 to 21, a debate popped up on the Frontstretch forums this week about age versus experience. And while there was some disagreement on when it’s appropriate to move into one of NASCAR’s top three series, the general consensus was that experience makes a difference regardless of a driver’s age; and unfortunately, so many young drivers today just aren’t getting enough of it. Well, for those owners looking to develop young talent, I know where the best opportunity exists — and it’s not in Sprint Cup. Right now, there’s no better place for youth to gain that experience than the Craftsman Truck Series.

Mirror Driving: Judging The Lady In Black, Throwing Your Crew Under The Bus, And Yaw. Yes, Yaw

Darlington’s new paving job produced speeds never touched before at the track, and tires held up longer than ever. Darlington stripes came back into fashion, too. Was this the best race at the track held in years, and what does it mean for the future of NASCAR’s original superspeedway?

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