Race Weekend Central

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2009 Sylvania 300 at Loudon

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? My shoutout for this week goes to TRG Motorsports. They came into the weekend lacking the necessary funding to actually compete on Sunday. However, after Bobby Labonte qualified the No. 71 in a season-best eighth spot, the team convinced a series of small companies (Commonwealth Foreign Exchange, Velocity …

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Fantasy Insider: Garnering the Parts to Overhaul Your Pre-Chase Roster

The good news? NASCAR’s Labor Day race weekend has returned to its home… the South. The bad news? We’re racing at Atlanta, not Darlington. That said, buckle your seat belts because the field is going to fly on Sunday night. One of the fastest tracks on the circuit, the gritty asphalt of AMS will be …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: 5 Who Would Like to Forget – Who Isn’t Meeting Expectations?

Last week in this column, I discussed the seasons of five drivers who were having a rather unpublicized good year. But there are also drivers who, while well inside the Top-35 cutoff in points, are having a season that is fraught with disappointment – the kind of year in which everyone from media to fans …

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Happy Hour: Junior May Be Struggling With Motivation

It made me chuckle that Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s recent comments about the state of NASCAR came right around the time I said that the press isn’t responsible for the sport’s declining ratings. I’m sure he didn’t get the idea to be so honest after reading an article by little ol’ me, but I wondered if …

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What’s Vexing Vito: For Dale Earnhardt Jr., the Light at the End of the Tunnel is No Longer an Oncoming Train

You know things have gotten pretty bad for Dale Earnhardt Jr. when the motorsports community starts going ape-poo over his third-place finish at Michigan International Speedway this past Sunday. Then again, other than a second at Talladega (courtesy of Carl Edwards getting bumped, set and spiked off Brad Keselowski’s nose and Ryan Newman’s windshield), there …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Quick Hits with Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. made a visit to Atlanta, Ga. to help promote the coming night race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. While speaking to a pool of reporters at a restaurant, Fronstretch’s Doug Turnbull had a chance to ask the driver of the No. 88 a couple of questions. Doug Turnbull, Frontstretch – “Your current crew …

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Full Throttle: Sometimes It Isn’t Easy Being a Driver’s Fan

NASCAR is famous for the dedication of its fans. Whether they are loyal to a given manufacturer, an organization, a sponsor or a driver, the fans of the sport are loyal to the bitter end. While sometimes it is the end that is bitter, like it was for Darrell Waltrip’s fans, there are times when …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Backseat Drivers Bring Different Feel to ESPN’s Booth at Michigan

Hello, race fans. This past weekend, we had two races end with slightly unexpected outcomes at Michigan International Speedway. The Nationwide Series event ended with Brad Keselowski winning after Brian Vickers forced Kyle Busch down to the apron at the white-flag lap, hurting both cars’ momentum enough for his No. 88 to pull alongside. Meanwhile, …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 CARFAX 400 at Michigan Edition

What a weekend for Brian Vickers! After winning poles in both the Nationwide and Cup series at Michigan International Speedway, Vickers scored his second career Cup win on Sunday and came close to scoring the sweep Saturday in the NNS race. Now within 12 points of the Chase, Vickers’s place in this week’s column is no surprise. But with fuel mileage on the minds of many, the MIS race saw a team or two use their gas tanks to keep the momentum going, while several others saw their August success run dry before the checkered flag. Here are this week’s HOT, WARM and COLD drivers following the 400-miler.

Running Their Mouth: 2009 CARFAX 400 at Michigan

Each week, we’ll go through media reports, interviews, PR and all of our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Sprint Cup race, capturing the story of how the weekend unfolded. It’s the most original commentary you’ll ever find: the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of the drivers, crew members and car owners themselves. This week, here’s a peek at what the drivers were thinking following the CARFAX 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

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