Race Weekend Central

Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2008 Gatorade Duel 150s at Daytona Race Recaps

Race One The Key Moment: Reed Sorenson teamed up with Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the final restart and the duo drove away from the field. Truthfully, as strong at the No. 88 car looked, Earnhardt probably didn’t need help. In a Nutshell: The cars might be OK, and the tires might be OK, but those …

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Voices From the Heartland: Hope Springs Eternal for This “Casual” NASCAR Fan

When I started this writing gig a few years back, I made it clear to all who took the time to read that I consider myself a fan first and a journalist second. I was just an average schmuck sitting in a tavern, watching the races and arguing with my buddies over who started the …

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Fanning the Flames: Yo, NASCAR! This is a No Spin Zone!

Thanks for another solid batch of input this week. I know everyone’s adrenaline is pumping because it’s Speedweeks, and I’m loving the feedback… so keep it coming. Remember, this is your column, your chance to be heard. Q: Matt, I have been trying to figure this out. Kurt Busch deliberately hit Tony Stewart‘s car three …

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2008 Daytona 500 Edition

The long, cold winter that was the NASCAR offseason has finally come to an end… which means it’s time to turn the key on another season of fantasy racing. Whether your team was the cream of the crop or a basement dweller in 2007, the new season gives all fantasy players a renewed hope that …

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Mirror Driving: A Slap on the Wrist for Stewart & Kurt Busch? Junior Go Whoosh & Waltrip’s 2008 Push

For the second time in a year, Kurt Busch took his frustration with Tony Stewart out on pit road. This time, NASCAR went for probation. Was this enough?

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: After the 2008 Bud Shootout at Daytona

Editor’s Note: In our ongoing quest to make our site bigger and better, Frontstretch is proud to expand our power rankings to a full website feature. We do our rankings similar to the Associated Press for basketball and football… each staff member that votes ranks the drivers on a 20-19-18-17-16-15-14… 3-2-1 basis, with the first-place …

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The Yellow Stripe: 10 Wishes for NASCAR Heading Into 2008

With the 2008 season right around the corner at this point here, in no particular order, are my top 10 wishes for NASCAR this year. You won’t agree with all of them, I’m sure, so feel free to write me with your own 10. 1. A much better year for Toyota In their Sprint Cup …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2008 NASCAR Preview Edition

The last time we were in Florida for a NASCAR race, Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 team were basking in a sea of confetti after winning their second consecutive Sprint Cup title at Homestead-Miami Speedway. A lot has changed since that historic day in November; there’s been a powerful addition to the Toyota camp, …

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